How to use Google Drive as your cloud backup

As we become more dependent on technology to help accomplish our everyday tasks, we tend to forget how easily the information stored on our computers can be lost. Imagine what would happen if your computer was damaged, or even stolen. Would you lose any important applications, documents, photos, or other files?

While it may be possible to repair or recover your computer, the files could be lost forever. You can protect your files from accidental loss by creating a backup on an external hard drive or online backup services like Amazon S3 or Carbonite.com. Should anything happen to your computer, you can rest easy knowing your files are still safe and secure.

You can also easily backup your files on Google drive with the below steps. Gmail users gets 15GB of cloud storage for free and Gmail business users gets between 30GB to unlimited storage depends on how many Google apps for work accounts you have.

All you need is Google's desktop sync utility, which, not unlike Dropbox, adds a special folder to your hard drive that acts as a two-way conduit. Any files or folders you put there will get synced to your Google Drive, and any files or folders you add to your Google Drive will get synced back to that special folder on your PC. Here's how to get started.

Step 1: Download and install the Google Drive utility (available for Windows and Mac).

 Step 2: Run the program, then sign into your Google account. Click through the various setup screens (which provide a few details on using the tool), then click Done when you get to the "You're all set!" page.

 

Step 3: Your Google Drive will open immediately within an Explorer window, allowing you to drag and drop all the files that you want to backup.

Google Drive isn't a backup tool in the traditional sense, though its simple syncing makes it just as effective as the likes of Dropbox. And it's definitely a whole lot cheaper.

Enjoy! :)