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Uploading a system backup to Google Drive

Mac OSX

  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.