Backup your files to Google Drive
Backups are one of those things we all know we should do, but never get around to.
Only when our laptop is stolen or disk crashes do we regret not having made the backup. All our precious files and photos are gone forever.
Google Drive storage
Google storage and Syncdocs make it easy, quick and cost-effective to backup your data to the cloud.
Google has distributed, fast data centers around the globe. This makes Google storage a safe, reliable place to backup your data. You can easily access your files via the web and on most mobile phones.
So for less than $4 a month Google and Syncdocs give you 100GB online backup capability.
Go back in time
Syncdocs also stores previous versions of your files on Google, so you can easily go back to an earlier version.
Sync vs Backup
By default Syncdocs syncs your PC to Google and every other linked PC. This means that the Syncdocs folder on all your PCs and Google Drive are the same.
Backup is typically a one directional copy from your PC to Google.
How to setup Syncdocs to Backup
This guide will walk you through the steps needed to backup your PC to Google Drive.
1. Select the “preferences” menu item in Syncdocs
Right click on the Syncdocs task bar (system tray) icon:
2. Select “Advanced Options”
You may not need this step if you are already seeing advanced options.
3. Un-check the options indicated below
Your files will now be backed up to Google Docs.
Whenever you make a change these changes will be synced.
You’re done. Simple as that!
Restoring your files from Google Drive
Backups are pretty useless unless you can restore them. Here’s how to restore:
1. If you’ve only lost a few select files
Go to Google Drive on the web and save (download) from the web interface.
If you have a many list of files online, use the directory tree or the search box to find the file by name.
2. Restoring multiple folders
Check the “Download Google files to this PC” option in the preferences screen shown above. Click on “select” above and choose the folders to restore.
If these folders still exist locally and you want an exact copy of Google Drive to overwrite them, then delete them locally first.
3. Restoring everything on the same PC
Check the “Download Google files to this PC” option above. Then just Start the Sync.
If the data still exist locally and you want an exact copy of Google docs, then wipe it locally first.
4. Restoring everything on a new PC
Just install Syncdocs on it. The default settings will copy everything back as a sync.
5. Restoring a particular version
Click on the file in Google Drive then from the list of versions select the one with the date and time you want.
More Backup Options
Optional: Do not convert files to Google Docs format
If you are just backing up to Google Docs, then you probably wish to preserve the original document formatting, so don’t convert to Google Docs.
Optional: Back up once a day
Normally Syncdocs backs up changes to your files when you save them. You can also set a scheduled backup.
Syncdocs lets you back up changed files once a day to Google. Check the option below and select the time you want to backup to start.
Note that your PC needs to be turned on at the backup time, and Syncdocs needs to be running in the taskbar.
Limitations of Syncdocs Backup
Syncdocs is designed to back up data files, but not your operating system.
Syncdocs cannot backup entire volumes, so you can’t use it to backup your entire C: drive or ‘Windows’ directory. For this you need a drive imaging tool like Acronis True Image or Symantec Ghost.
Syncdocs also currently cannot backup locked files. These are typically Windows registry files, active Outlook PST files or in-use Microsoft SQL databases.
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