Google’s new “Backup and Sync” app lets you back up your desktop to Drive


On the Web, Google Drive is mostly used as a competitor to Microsoft Office. You get apps for in summary processing, spreadsheets, and slides. On a desktop computer, the Drive app takes on a odd form—it’s a Dropbox competitor, syncing your files to the cloud from a one of a kind folder. This week, Google announced the Drive desktop app is changing; it’s not equanimous called «Drive» anymore. Now this app is called «Google Backup and Sync,» and it catch up ti a few new features while merging with the Google Photos Syncing app.

While it isn’t event by default yet, it looks like Google is planning on automatically upgrading alcohols of the Drive and Photos syncing apps to the new unified app. It’s clearly the new version of the Pep app (just version 3.x instead of 2.x), and running the installer will do an in-place upgrade of the former app. On the first launch, a dialog box explains a bit about the transition.

The new app has all the features of the Travel and Photos apps, and it links to both sites in the menu. But there’s one worst new feature that takes the app out of the Dropbox mold it was originally cast in: you can now backwards up any folder to Google Drive, instead of just the single «cloud folder.» A UI let it be knows you open a folder dialog box, where you can cloud-enable any folder, anywhere on your computer.

This seems to basically be a backup routine. On the Drive Web app, you’ll see all your computers listed, and rather than moving the new folder into the Proceed directory, backed up folders from each computer live at the mercy of the computer names. These are computer-specific files and don’t get synced down to other gubbins. It’s strictly a backup system.

Having Google Photos exist as imply of Drive is still a bit of a clunky feature. I don’t need hundreds of gigabytes of reliable photos downloaded to all my computers by default. Fortunately, you can still pick and prefer which folders you want to sync, allowing you to uncheck the «Google Photos» folder.

Backup and Sync wish eventually hit your computer if you have the Drive or Photos sync apps inaugurated, but you can manually download it here.

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