Take a quick look at your Google Drive. How many folders have you created? You might have several filled with personal data and many more for professional work.
Although Google strives for top-level security, nothing is infallible. Hackers have made their way into Google products multiple times and disrupted data.
It may seem that making a copy of a Google Drive Folder to store someplace else is an easy way to backup data, but it’s a little more complicated than that. Google Drive doesn’t provide an option for duplicating a folder. If you highlight a folder and use “Make a copy,” it won’t allow you to duplicate the files.
While you can copy one file at a time, that can be all-consuming at best for an entire Google Docs database. In addition, it’s not an effective way to back up your data, copy all your folders, and place them somewhere else for an extra layer of security.
Luckily, there’s an easy option using cloudHQ’s Google Drive Backup Wizard. It’s so easy; you can set it up in minutes and work it efficiently into your daily routine. Then, with just a few clicks of your mouse, you’ll ensure your data is protected and safe.
Here’s how to get started.
Copy Google Drive Folders
Step 1: Go to cloudHQ’s Google Drive Backup Wizard
The wizard makes it easy to copy any of your Google Drive data, just follow the prompts.
The program starts by asking if you prefer a one-way or two-way sync; switch it to one-way for backup. Be sure to select the Gmail account where your data resides.
Step 2: Select what you wish to copy
The Google Drive Wizard will ask you what you want to sync or backup. It gives you three choices:
- Sync an entire Google Drive account
- Create and sync a new folder
- Sync an existing folder.
Since you’re copying Google Drive Folders, select “I’d like to sync the entire Google Drive account.” Then click next.
Step 3: Choose a backup location
The Google Drive Wizard lets you choose where your new copies will be saved. You’ll have lots of options to choose from, such as:
- Another Google Drive account
- Microsoft OneDrive
- Microsoft Sharepoint
- Amazon Cloud Drive
Select your preferred storage place based on your specifications. Then click “Add to” your specified storage space.
Step 4: Give cloudHQ authorization
Once you’ve selected the backup location, cloudHQ will bring you to an authorization page where you log in. After that, the wizard will continue to authenticate the connection and allow syncing to take place.
Step 5: Select where to copy Google Docs folders
You’ll now have access to move your Google Drive folders into a new location. You can create a new folder specifically for the move or select an existing folder you’ve already created for the action. Click “Start Sync” to initiate the movement.
cloudHQ goes to work ensuring every folder from the original destination migrates over to its new location. Timing depends on how much data you’ve requested to copy. While the initial backup can take several hours, once the data has been copied, updates will be real-time as you work.
Step 6: Rest easy knowing your Google Docs folders are copied and secured
The next time your favorite news source headlines shout out about a data breach, you won’t have to worry. You’ll know the information in your Google Docs folders is safe and secure.
Every time you make an update to your Google Docs data, the updates and changes will automatically feed over to the other location.
As an added safety measure, you can select two other options before you start the synchronization process:
- An Archive Files option is available, so you’ll always have the previous version of your files available. Before a new update occurs, the system will create an archival version. This will help you in the event hackers break into your Google Drive and corrupt some of your files. Hackers often start with a few select files, testing the waters. Archive Files will give you an archived version that’s easy to refer back to.
- An Automatical Re-copy feature is also available if any tampering is noticed on your target data.
Backing up your data has never been easier! While Google won’t allow you to copy your Google Drive files from one place to another, cloudHQ gives you a simple solution for moving data automatically.
All you need to do is set it up and go on about your day.