Sync Google Drive from a Flash Drive
Often it is great to take your data around with you. You might not want to download your Google Drive to each PC you work on.
Or you might want to access your Google Docs or Google Drive files offline.
Syncdocs runs fine from a USB flash drive (memory stick). All your settings, data and files live on the flash drive. This means that you can carry your complete Google Drive around with you and sync it from any PC you want.
Here’s how to get it working
- Download latest the portable version here
- Run SyncdocsPortableInstaller.exe , and select the extract location to your USB memory stick.
- Run it SyncdocsPortable.cmd (this tells Syncdocs to run in portable mode)
- If it’s the first time you’ve run – you’ll see the normal setup screen asking you for your password
- Enjoy syncing – files and settings data is stored on the memory stick
Unplug – take your files and settings with you
- Plug in to another machine, just run SyncdocsPortable.cmd or Syncdocs.exe.
- For portable use, it is better to use OAuth (give Syncdocs permission to access your Google Drive account)
However you can still use a password in Syncdocs. Syncdocs may ask you to enter a password, as this is not stored on the USB stick.
- Enjoy syncing off the USB stick.
The portable version of Syncdocs stores all your files in its own folder (“My Google Documents”) on the USB stick. This is so that it can be plugged into multiple PCs with different drive letters. If you wish to set the data folder location, then run the non-portable Syncdocs.
The portable 64bit version of Syncdocs is a separate download.
Changing the default storage location
By default the Syncdocs portable version uses the USB drive folder it runs from as its default data storage location. This means that you can take your data and the program with you on the USB disk.
You can override this and store your data elsewhere by running the PortableOwnSyncFolder.cmd shortcut.
We recommend using OAuth with Syncdocs rather than entering a password. This is safer as Syncdocs never sees your password – rather you tell Google to give Syncdocs access to your files. However, we don’t force this option.
Syncdocs does not store your Google Docs password on the memory stick. It stores it in the secure Windows password vault on the PC. To tell Syncdocs to wipe your password from the PC when you’re done, run this version: PortableWipeVault.cmd
Note that the extra security means extra hassle – you’ll have to re-enter your password each time.
Updated version notes
The new version 4.x requires the -portable in its command line. Previously whether the version was portable or not was stored on the PC, but in order to save no settings on the PC, we removed this.
Running ‘SyncdocsPortable.cmd” will set this up automatically.