Need Backup & Sync Desktop Client with Certain Characteristics


  1. Posts : 19
    Windows 10
       #1

    Need Backup & Sync Desktop Client with Certain Characteristics


    I'm looking for a Windows 10 compatible desktop backup and sync app that has the following characteristics:

    (1) Google Drive: Can backup files to Google Drive (My Computer)

    (2) One-way Copying: Allows me to configure the backup app to specify one-way copying. I do not want the backup app to modify the contents of my computer disc driver *ever*. In other words, if I add or remove files on my computer, I want the backup software to add or reomve files on Google Drive, but if I add or remove files directly on Google Drive, the backup software should do **nothing** on my computer.

    (3) User-friendly: Easy-to-use drag and drop interface.

    (4) Maps Folder Hierarchy: I do not want to sync contents of a single "sync folder". I want to specify any combination of folders on my machine and have the backup software both copy the files in those folders to Google Drive *and* duplicate the hierarchy of subfolders under the folder I choose to backup.

    Are there any packages on the market capable of doing all these things?

    Thanks.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 2,807
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2
       #2

    I believe that FreeFileSync (FreeFileSync: Open Source File Synchronization & Backup Software) will do all of the above. The only one of those items I've not done myself is to use it with Google Drive but I do see that it specifically does support Google Drive.

    It has a few nice features that I like, one of which may be particularly handy with Google Drive. For example, it can optionally create a file database which will give it the intelligence to know if you have simply renamed a file. Say you have a large file that you rename. Rather than having to copy that file up to Google Drive all over again, it would have the intelligence to simply rename the file and not waste time copying it. Same is true if you rename a folder. You may have to test, but I would imagine all that works with Google Drive as well.

    NOTE: On the main page, scroll down to the Latest News section and select the Jan 26, 2019 item called "Synchronize files with Google Drive" for details on Google Drive support.

    Hope that helps!
      My Computers


 

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