How to automatically backup your files to Google Drive or Dropbox?

June 19, 2014 More

Auto backup to Google Drive

As we all know how important is to backup our data. But data backup is ever been as easier as we thought. Even though we have all tools like external hard drives and flash drives for backup, sometimes we are bit lazy in connecting or using them.

Today’s Cloud computing made our lives easier through personal Cloud Storage services. By storing your data on cloud you can access your data from anywhere in the world. There are many Cloud based storage services available today which offer personal cloud storage space where you can save your files. Out of them the major ones are Google Drive, Dropbox, One Drive (Microsoft’s Sky Drive), Box.

You might be using one of these cloud storage servers for storing your files. You might be manually saving them to the cloud. Let’s see a smart way of storing your data automatically on cloud.

How-to Automatically backup data to Cloud?

Step 1: If you still did not download Google drive on your PC then click HERE to download it. Once you are done downloading you see a Folder – ‘Google Drive’ under Favorites in Windows explorer.

Step 2: Now download and install a free application called ‘Sync Toy’ from Microsoft. Using this application we will be synchronizing files and folders to cloud which is Google Drive.

Sync Toy screenshot

Step 3: Run Sync Toy application – This works on Folder pairing concept, for every folder you want to backup you create a new Folder Pair.

Click on ‘Create New Folder Pair’ button and choose the folders you want to backup.

  • Left Folder   – Folder which you want to backup from PC.
  • Right Folder – Destination folder on Google Drive where you want to save.

Then click on Next.

Step 4: Select ‘Synchronize’ option and click ‘Next’ button.

Sync Toy screenshot

Step 5: Gave a name to folder pair and click on ‘Finish’ then close the application.

Note: No need to click on Run as we will be doing this task automatically.

Step 6: Open Run from start button

  • For Windows 7 > Type ‘run’ in search programs box
  • Windows 8 > press Win Key + X and click Run
  • Windows 8.1 > you also right click on start button and click Run

Step 7: In Run type ‘taskschd.msc’ and click OK

Step 8: Task Scheduler windows opens – Click on ‘Action’ – click ‘Create Basic Task’.

Task scheduler screenshot

  • Window pops up asking for name – Give a name for task – click ‘Next’.
  • For Trigger use Daily or select others based on your requirement.
  • Based on that – select the time when you want to synchronize (best time is when your computer is idle)
  • For Action – select ‘Start a program’ then click ‘Next’.
  • Now open the .exe file of Sync Toy program by clicking on ‘Browse’ (path: C:\Program Files\SyncToy 2.1\SyncToy.exe)
  • For Add arguments – type “-R” and click on ‘Next’.
  • Click ‘Finish’.

The backup will run automatically on that time you have selected.

You can choose your preferred cloud storage service and follow the above steps for automatic backup.


Personal Cloud Storage

Find the list of top cloud storage services and its offerings:

Google Drive <> 15 GB Free  <> Paid: [100 GB – $1.99/month] / [1 TB – $9.99/month] / [10 TB – $99.99/month]

Dropbox <> 2 GB Free  <> Paid: [100 GB – $9.99/month] – [Refer friends you earn 500 MB limit up to 16 GB]

Sky Drive <> 7 GB Free <> Paid: [50 GB – $20/year] – [100 GB – $40/year] – [200 GB – $85/year]

Box <> 10 GB Free <> Paid: [100 GB – $10/month]


TIP : To check how much spaced used on Google drive storage check HERE.

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