Tech Thursday: Google drive can now back up your computer

Ever encountered the blue screen of death and revolving circle when your computer is about to crash? You panic and try to solve the issue but it’s too late and all your files might be gone. The computer technician tells you it will cost half the price of the computer to repair and restore your files so you sob thinking about all the files and folders you have amassed over time and have now lost.

With the growing popularity and accessibility to cloud storage, these problems have become less frequent when it comes to your phone and computer. Google Drive, which previously allowed you to store files remotely on your Google account, has gone one step further and introduced a new feature that is bound to make a lot of people happy.

The new functionality was announced at the end of June but was delayed for undisclosed reasons. The backup and sync feature will let you use Google Drive to automatically store files that you’ve already saved on your computer’s internal hard drive or other devices like memory cards in the same format.

Instead of having to save all your folders, pictures, videos, music and files, the feature recreates your desktop folder ecosystem on the drive. Backup and Sync comes in the form of an app, which replaces the Google Photos desktop uploader and Drive for both Mac and Windows computers.

The new Backup and Sync app is slightly limited and allows you to save up to 15GB with the free drive account. This is still a lot of storage space and can help you sort through all your files to see which ones you would like to backup and keep without having to pay.

Space used depends on your storage setting and which product you use. Items uploaded via Google Drive count against your storage quota, regardless of size.

Items uploaded via Google Photos:

  • Don’t use quota if they’re stored in “high quality”.
  • Do use quota if they’re stored in “original quality”.

If you carefully manage your files, this is an excellent new feature for backing up your computer without having to pay a lot of money for cloud storage.

Watch the video below which demonstrates how it works:


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