Safe and Simple Data Backup with Google Drive

Keeping your data backed up is extremely important. With the stress of daily work, keeping your data backed up can be the last thing on your mind. It can be easy to tell yourself: ‘I’ll get to it eventually’. Unfortunately, that can mean waiting weeks or even months before you backup your files.

Fortunately, Google has provided us with an easy tool for backing up our data: Google Drive. Most people are already somewhat familiar with Drive on the web and use it to create new documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. However, many people don’t take full advantage of Drive’s capability to upload files directly from the computer. Here are a few easy steps to follow in order to upload your files to Drive:

  1. In your preferred web browser, navigate to drive.google.com
  2. If you are not already signed into Google click ‘Go to Google Drive’ where you will be prompted to enter your email and password.
  3. After signing in click on ‘New’ in the top left corner.
  4. Then, click on either ‘File Upload’ or ‘Folder Upload’. From the window that opens, choose the file or folder you want to upload to Drive; it’s that quick.

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If you’re like me, and regularly forget to backup files, Google provides a handy tool for automatic backup. To set this up, use the Drive desktop application for your computer or phone. You can start using the Drive App by following these instructions:

  1. In your preferred web browser, navigate to https://www.google.com/drive/download/
  2. Select ‘Download’ on the right side of the screen.
  3. Once the installer has downloaded, open it and follow the prompts for installation.
  4. Once the installer is finished, open the Drive App and enter your school email and password.
  5. This will create a Google Drive folder on your computer that will automatically sync any file or folder in it with Drive on the web.

Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 6.52.48 PMNow all you have to do, is save all of your important documents to this folder and relax with the knowledge that your data is safe and secure.

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