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Two Effective Ways to Back Up Your Google Drive Materials

May 10, 2014
Although Google Drive stores documents and materials on the cloud making them accessible anywhere you go, yet accidents happen and you might find yourself in a situation or a setting where you are not able to access your Google Drive files. This could also be the case when you change schools and want to keep copies of documents stored in your old schools Drive account and migrate them to your personal Drive account. There are actually two ways to backup your Google Drive data. You can either use Google Takeout or use a tool I have learned from MGuhlin called  CloudHQ.

1- Using Google Takeout to back up your Google Drive
I have already shared with you a visual guide on how to use Google Takeout to backup your Goole Drive. Here are the main steps to follow:

1- Make sure you are Logged in to your  Google account then head over to Google Takeout and select Google Drive from the products featured in the list then click on " create archive".

2- The download time depends on the volume of data you have in your Drive but usually it just a minute or so

3- Now that a copy of the archive is ready click on " download" and choose where you want to save it.

Google will export your Drive data in standard office file format. Docs will be saved in Word format, Spreadsheets in Excel, and Power Point for presentations.

2- CloudHQ
This is another tool that you can use to back up your Google Drive documents. Cloud HQ also allows you to back up your files from other cloud storage platforms such as Dropbox and Evernote. It syncs all your materials from all these supported platforms into one single place accessible anywhere you go. However, CloudHQ is not free and a personal plan  costs $9.90/month or $99/year.

Watch this video to see CloudHQ in action