Google Guides

Syncing Google Drive To Your Computer (Using Backup & Sync)

MacOS

  1. Download and install Google Backup & Sync, if not already installed. Follow the instructions in the install process, and make sure “Sync My Drive to this computer” is checked, along with the “Sync everything in My Drive” radio button below. Follow the below instructions ONLY if those boxes are NOT checked.
  2. Click on the Backup & Sync icon (a cloud) in the upper taskbar, then on the three dot menu on the right-hand side, followed by selecting “Preferences…”.
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  1. In the window that pops up, navigate to the “Google Drive” tab, and tick the “Sync My Drive to this computer” checkbox, as well as the “Sync everything in My Drive” radio button.
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  1. A Google Drive folder should appear in your user account now, and your files will begin syncing from the cloud.

Windows

  1. Download and install Google Backup & Sync, if not already installed. Follow the instructions in the install process, and make sure “Sync My Drive to this computer” is checked, along with the “Sync everything in My Drive” radio button below. Follow the below instructions ONLY if those boxes are NOT checked.
  2. Click on the Backup & Sync icon (a cloud) in the bottom-right notification area, then on the three dot menu on the upper-right-hand side, followed by selecting “Preferences…”.
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  1. In the window that pops up, navigate to the “Google Drive” tab, and tick the “Sync My Drive to this computer” checkbox, as well as the “Sync everything in My Drive” radio button.
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  1. A Google Drive folder should appear in your user account now, and your files will begin syncing from the cloud.

Uploading a system backup to Google Drive (Manual Upload)

MacOS

  1. Open “Finder” (double-click on the blue smiling face on the left-hand side of the Dock), and in the left sidebar, click on your user account (should be schooluser).
  2. There, you should see all the folders under your account, including Desktop, Documents, Pictures, etc. Simply select the ones you want by holding the Command(⌘) key and clicking with the mouse/trackpad (I usually do Desktop, Documents, Movies, Music, and Pictures, though you can also do Downloads if you need to).
  3. Once you have your folders selected, and a browser window open to your Google Drive backup folder, simply drag & drop the folders from “Finder” into the center of the Drive window, and wait to see an Upload icon appear along the bottom of the window before releasing the mouse/trackpad.
  4. This will start the upload process, which could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours depending on how much data you are backing up.

Windows

  1. Open “File Explorer” (open the Start menu and click on the folder icon labelled “File Explorer”), and in the left sidebar, click on This PC.
  2. There, you should see all the folders under your account, including Desktop, Documents, Pictures, etc. Simply select the ones you want by holding the Ctrl key and clicking with the mouse/trackpad (I usually do Desktop, Documents, Videos, Music, and Pictures, though you can also do Downloads if you need to).
  3. Once you have your folders selected, and a browser window open to your Google Drive backup folder, simply drag & drop the folders from “File Explorer” into the center of the Drive window, and wait to see an Upload icon appear along the bottom of the window before releasing the mouse/trackpad.
  4. This will start the upload process, which could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours depending on how much data you are backing up.

Google Chrome Browser Issues

  1. Open Chrome
  2. At the top right, click the menu button and then “New Incognito Window”
  3. A new window appears. In the top corner, check for the Incognito icon (Looks like a cartoon detective)
  4. If the error does not appear in Incognito Mode, then you have a bad Chrome Extension. You will need to remove the ones you do not use. If the issue persists, then remove/disable your extensions until the issue stops
    1. Open Chrome
    2. Click the menu button, More tools and then Extensions
    3. Next to the extension you want to remove, click “Remove an extension from Chrome”
    4. To confirm, click “Remove”

Note

Tip: To remove an extension that’s a button on the browser toolbar, right-click the button and select Remove from Chrome.