How to convert all Google Drive docs to Microsoft Office with a one-way sync

We are often asked how to setup Syncdocs to create local backup by 1 way sync that converts all Google Drive files to MS Office.

I'm wanting to make a backup of my files as part of my handover when I
move onto a different role.

How can I setup Syndocs to create a local backup via a 1 way sync that
converts all files to MS office locally while leaving them as whatever
the original native format they are stored in (either google docs or
MS Office) on google drive.

Here is how to do setup a 1 way Google Drive sync.
The best way to do this is to uncheck these options on the Syncdocs Preferences Sync Tab:

Google Drive one way sync

and set the following settings in the Conversion option in the Files Tab:

Google Drive Format Control

Syncdocs only syncs changed or newer files by default. If you have had Syncdocs running before, then either:
1. Force a re-sync by quitting Syncdocs, deleting the local sync folder(s) and then restarting Syncdocs,
or
2. Change the primary Sync folder to a new location in the Folders tab:

Google Drive Folder

Syncdocs 6.711 – improved Google Drive sync

We’re happy to announce the Syncdocs 6.711 update with improved compatibility and bug fixes.

Here’s a list of changes:
– Improved compatibility with the latest Google Drive API changespadlock
– Fix the allow AOuth login on Linux Google Drive sync under Wine.
– Fix for OAuth login on Windows Server 2008 and 2012 R2 with some security policies
– Fix for auto-updater (wyUpdate) problems on start in Windows 10
– Fix for local moves of .gdoc and .gsheet link files not mirrored correctly online.
– Fix for slow Google causing servers “Bad Google changes feed” and “Doc list incorrect” warnings.
– Faster encryption to secure Google Drive files.

 

How to Update

The upgrade is free and will happen automatically. The old Syncdocs version should ask if you want to update automatically in the next few days.

To update now, right click on the Syncdocs taskbar icon, go to Preferences -> Advanced -> “Check for Updates”.

You can also download the new version and install it over the old one.
http://www.syncdocs.com/download-syncdocs

The 64 bit and portable (USB memory stick) versions are also updated to version 6.711

How-to Move Google Drive files to USB

Rus asks:

I have about 40GB of google drive files in my PC, I would like to move that to USB and use Syncdocs. How to move the files to syncdocs without having to download the full files again. Please help.

It’s quite easy to do, just make sure that you keep the folder structure hierarchy.

Syncdocs can sync some Google Drive folders from the USB and some from your drive.

So if your existing Google Drive looks like this:
Folder1
Folder2
Folder3
and you want to move Folder2 and Folder3 to USB do the following.
1. Exit the Google Drive sync client
2. Move Folder2 and Folder3 to your USB drive
3. Install Syncdocs. Syncdocs will automatically detect that you had Google’s Google Drive client installed and use its sync folder.
4. At the last screen of Syncdocs install, click on the option below:

syncdocs_advanced_settings

5. Then click on Select folders

google_drive_usb_folder_selection

6. And then on Add folder – and add Folder2 from the USB drive. Repeat step 6 for all the folders on your USB drive.

select_usb_folders

That’s it. If you already have Syncdocs installed you can just click on Syncdocs taskbar icon, and select Preferences to see exactly the same menu as in step 5.

 

If you want to archive some of these folders, just uncheck them from the above menu and they will stay archived on Google Drive. You can also use the advanced options sown below to only upload or download if you want.

one_way_google_drive_sync

 

 

 

Syncdocs advanced Google Drive sync update

The next minor release of Syncdocs Google Drive sync is out.

It contains general small bug fixes, some user interface improvements and also an update to the latest Google Drive interface:
– Fix for error downloading files with zero length file names.
– Fix for slower downloading on some media types.
– Better permissions detection when syncing network folders on Windows 10 and 8.1 clients to newer Server 2012 and some newer NAS boxes.
– Better support for high dpi displays.
– More accurate progress display with transferring smaller files.

How to Update

The upgrade is free and will happen automatically. The old Syncdocs version should ask if you want to update automatically in the next few days.

To update now, right click on the Syncdocs taskbar icon, go to Preferences -> Advanced -> “Check for Updates”.

You can also download the new version of Syncdocs Google Drive sync and install it over the old one.

The 64 bit Google Drive Sync and portable USB memory stick Google Drive versions are also updated to version 6.460

 

Google Drive sync update

We’re happy to announce the latest Syncdocs update which is a Google Drive reliability and performance update:
– Support for the latest improvements to Google Drive servers
– Dynamic block size feature means for users with fast (>20Mbit/s) links uploads and downloads of large files will be around 4x faster.
– Bypass for Google quotaExceeded problem with mp3 and mp4 files. Problem now only occurs on files > 530MB. The error is also correctly detected. Google is currently fixing this issue on their servers.
– Fix for issue where files deleted when Syncdocs was not running, that were also shared, would be ignored.
– Fix for updated files downloaded, but the file time set to creation time, not update time.
– Bypass for bug causing re-download where Google server was too busy and had not yet re-created the correct MD5 checksum.
– New “Run as Administrator” script works with Windows 10 November update (version 1511, build 10586)
– Fix on Windows Server 2012 and Terminal Server for deletions and changes sometimes not triggering a sync.
– The 64 bit executable Syncdocs64.exe is now packaged with update, along with a shortcut to it from the Start Menu.
– AdminSyncdocs.cmd a script to run Syncdocs permanently as Admin also packaged with the update.

How to Update

The upgrade is free and will happen automatically. The old Syncdocs version should ask if you want to update automatically in the next few days.

To update now, right click on the Syncdocs taskbar icon, go to Preferences -> Advanced -> “Check for Updates”.

You can also download the new version and install it over the old one.

The 64 bit Google Drive Sync and portable USB memory stick Google Drive versions are also updated to version 6.410

Check your Google security and get 2 extra GBs of Google Drive for free

If you’re like us at Syncdocs, you use Google services such as Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Drive every day. You’re probably also concerned about your Google security, but not so concerned that you do anything about it. Well, Google wants to make you a sweet deal to encourage to check your security settings. Google will give you an additional 2GBs of free Google Drive storage just for checking your Google security settings.

Just run through the Google security checklist which takes a few minutes and Google will give you an extra 2GB of storage in your account, more importantly, your Google Drive account will also be more secure.

 

Syncdocs 6 released

We’re happy to announce the next version of Syncdocs, version 6.26. This version is much faster, uses less memory, handles very long paths and file filters and provides a more reliable sync than version 5.

New features

• Around half the maximum memory footprint of previous versions.
• Much faster startup sync, no more “querying Google Drive” for minutes at a time at startup.
• Better handling of Google Server errors. Google orphan files are detected and properly handled. Previously, these zombie Google Drive files could lead to duplicates or unnecessary syncs.
• File integrity is double checked after download, to make sure that the Google Server sent the correct and full file.
• Files can now be filtered by date, time, size, filename or folder name match, extension match or regular expression via the file filter tab, shown below.
• Full long file name support up to paths of 32000 characters.
• Support for creating Google format link files (.gdoc, gsheet, gslides etc). This can be set by unchecking “Convert Google Docs to Office format on download” in the Files tab of the Preferences menu. This option is automatically enabled if users are upgrading from Google’s Google Drive client.
• If upgrading from Google’s Drive client, then the Google Drive sync folder is automatically selected as the default, to limit re-syncing.
• There is a warning if Google’s Google Drive client is running at the same time. This prevents duplicates generated by Google Drive.
• If upgrading from Google’s Drive client, then files shared with you are not synced by default, to mirrow its behaviour.
• Better support for Google Photos in Drive as well as the latest Google Drive application interface.
• Other smaller improvements.

Main bug fixes

• Fix for “illegal character in paths” errors when path names have ” in them and allow duplicate file names is not checked.
• Fix for bug when you delete file shared with you, that you don’t own. These files were deleted locally, but not on Google, and then these files re-appear on downloading. These files are now deleted, with the exception of files that the owner has not given you write access to. You cannot delete these files, in the same way the web client prevents you from downloading them. However, you can still choose not to sync them.
• Better detection of Google Orphan files produced when their servers are too busy.
• No warning message logged at startup when encryption not enabled.
• Smoother handling of non critical errors means that non-syncable files will be skipped more often and errors in the Google Server list will be handled without restarting the sync.
• Fix for non-owned files wiped from Trash when Syncdocs not running sometimes results in error  “Error wiping GDoc, Could not delete file with ID ”
• Fix for local changes detected when there were none, especially for users of Kaspersky anti-virus.
• File Encryption uses less memory now, encryption of files >4GB is now possible too.
• Regular expression file match speed up.
• Fix for some types of files appearing on Google Drive with the black Google OAuth2 icon instead of an unknown file type icon.
• Many other smaller bugfixes and improvements.

We’ve extensively tested this version, on Windows XP, 7, 8.1 and 10, as well as Server 2008 R2, 2010, 2012 and on Terminal Server clients, as well as user testing during a 3 month beta phase. We’d love any comments of suggestions.

How to Update

The upgrade is free and will happen automatically. The old Syncdocs version should ask if you want to update automatically in the next few days.

To update now, right click on the Syncdocs taskbar icon, go to Preferences -> Advanced -> “Check for Updates”.

You can also download the new version and install it over the old one.
http://www.syncdocs.com/download-syncdocs

The 64 bit and portable Google Drive sync (USB memory stick) versions are also updated to version 6.26

Google Drive file filter options:

Google_Drive_File_Filters

Syncdocs 6.2 Beta Released

We’re happy to announce the latest beta version of Syncdocs.

We’ve extensively tested this version, on Windows XP, 7, 8.1 and 10, as well as Server 2008 R2, 2010, 2012 and on Terminal Server clients. We’d love any comments of suggestions.

The beta can be downloaded from http://www.syncdocs.com/downloads/SyncdocsBeta.msi

Syncdocs 6.218 beta release notes

New features:
1. Support for creating Google format link files (.gdoc, gsheet, gslides etc). This can be set by unchecking “Convert Google Docs to Office format on download” in the Files tab of the Preferences menu. This option is automatically enabled if users are upgrading from Google’s Google Drive client.
2. If upgrading from Google’s Drive client, then the Google Drive sync folder is automatically selected as the default, to limit re-syncing.
3. There is a warning if Google’s Google Drive client is running at the same time. This prevents duplicates generated by Google Drive.
4. If upgrading from Google’s Drive client, then files shared with you are not synced by default, to mirror its behaviour.

Bug fixes
1. Fix for “illegal character in paths” errors when path names have ” in them and allow duplicate file names is not checked.
2. Fix for bug when you delete file shared with you, that you don’t own. These files were deleted locally, but not on Google, and then these files re-appear on downloading. These files are now deleted, with the exception of files that the owner has not given you write access to. You cannot delete these files, in the same way the web client prevents you from downloading them. However, you can still choose not to sync them.
3. No warning message logged at startup when encryption not enabled.
4. Smoother handling of non critical errors means that non-syncable files will be skipped more often and errors in the Google Server list will be handled without restarting the sync.

Summary of Features added in the previous betas
• Around half the maximum memory footprint of previous versions.
• Much faster startup sync, no more “querying Google Drive” for minutes at a time at startup.
• Better handling of Google Server errors. Google orphan files are detected and properly handled. Previously, these zombie Google Drive files could lead to duplicates or unnecessary syncs.
• File integrity is double checked after download, to make sure that the Google Server sent the correct and full file.
• Files can now be filtered by date, time, size, filename or folder name match, extension match or regular expression via the file filter tab, shown below.
• Full long file name support up to paths of 32000 characters. (edit)
• Many other smaller bugfixes and improvements.

File filter options:
Google_Drive_File_Filters

What’s new in Syncdocs 6.1 beta

We’re happy to announce the beta of the next version of Syncdocs. We’ve made substantial improvements to the core sync engine, which mean much faster syncs and lower resource usage.

The main upgrades are:

  • Around half the maximum memory footprint of previous versions.
  • Much faster startup sync, no more “querying Google Drive” for minutes at a time at startup.
  • Better handling of Google Server errors. Google orphan files are detected and properly handled. Previously, these zombie Google Drive files could lead to duplicates or unnecessary syncs.
  • File integrity is double checked after download, to make sure that the Google Server sent the correct and full file.
  • Files can now be filtered by date, time, size, filename or folder name match, extension match or regular expression via the file filter tab, shown below.
  • Full very long file and pathname support. We’ve changed the way paths are handled to bypass the Windows 260 character limit, too. So maximum path length is now 32000 characters.
  • Many other smaller bugfixes and improvements.

We’ve thoroughly tested this version, on Windows XP, 7, 8.1 and 10, as well as Server 2008 R2 and Server 2010. We’d love any comments of suggestions.

The beta can be downloaded from http://www.syncdocs.com/downloads/SyncdocsBeta.msi

The next beta will be released in about 4 weeks with many other new features.

Google_Drive_File_Filters