By Nicky / Last Updated September 30, 2020


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Is there a way to backup external hard drive to Google Drive?

As one of the mainstream cloud storage around the world, Google Drive is favored by many users. It generously offers 15GB free cloud storage and allows users to upload files via its website or sync files through its official app for computer or mobile devices. Therefore, for some users who are using both Google Drive and external hard drive to store data may wonder if they can backup external hard drive to Google Drive. The answer is yes.

Generally, for most users, the main reason for backing up external hard drive to Google Drive is to protect data because external hard drive may be damaged, lost, stolen, etc. In addition, data backed up to Google Drive can be accessed or modified easily with the same account on different devices.

If you want to backup external hard drive to Google but don’t know how to do it, you can read the following contents. Three easy ways with detailed steps will be listed below. And besides the three ways, you will also learn how to expand your free Google Drive backup space with CBackupper to protect more data.

Way 1. Backup external hard drive to Google Drive via website

Like other cloud storage like OneDrive and Dropbox, Google Drive also has an official website that allows you to upload files to Google cloud easily and access the files that you’ve saved on Google Drive quickly. You can follow guidelines here to achieve it through Google Drive website:

Note: Connect your external hard drive to the computer and make sure it can be detected. As long as the hard drive is connected to your computer, Google Drive will treat it as if it is just a regular part of your local storage.

1. Go to Google Drive website and login to your account.

2. On the Google Drive main page, click the “My Drive” > “Upload files” or “Upload folder” button.

Upload Files

3. You can browse and select all your files and folders on your local PC including the files on the external hard drive here, choose the files or folders you want to upload and click “Open”.

Way 2. Backup external hard drive to Google Drive via desktop app

To help users back up and sync files to Google Drive in an easier way, Google Drive released the Backup and Sync utility in 2017. After installing, you can sync Google Drive with an external hard drive automatically and easily. Any changes you make to the folders, and any new files you add to them, will automatically be reflected in the cloud-based version.

1. Connect your external hard drive to the computer and make sure it can be detected.

2. Download and install Backup and Sync on your computer.

3. Sign in your Google Account. Then, you will be given the general introduction of this application.

Sign In

4. On the next screen, the app will prompt you to choose which folders you want to back up. Click “Choose Folder” to select the folder on your external hard drive. Make your selection and hit Next.

Select Folder

5. On the last screen, choose whether you want to reverse sync your existing Drive files on your computer.

Sync My Drive

6. Finally, select “SRART” and the syncing will begin. As long as the program is running, all future changes will be automatically synced.

Way 3. Backup external hard drive to Google Drive via a third-party tool

Besides the official backup ways provided by Google, you can also rely on a third-party tool to backup external hard drive to Google Drive directly. Here, we will take a free third-party backup tool as an example to show you how to backup external hard drive to Google Drive:

1. Download Google Drive desktop application from Microsoft's official website to your computer and install it. Connect the external hard drive to your computer as well. Then download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it.

2. Run AOMEI Backupper and click "Backup" tab. Scroll down your mouse to find "File Sync" and click it.

Google Drive Backup and Sync Get Started

3. Edit the task name if necessary. Click "Add Folder" to select the folders you’d like to sync on the external hard drive.

Add Folder

4. Click the drop-down icon and choose "Select a cloud drive". In the pop-up window, select Google Drive and click "OK". If Google Drive is not auto-detected, please click to add it manually. Then, click "Start Sync".

Select a Cloud Drive

Bonus tip: How to get more free Google Drive cloud storage?

Although Google Drive provides generous 15GB storage space for free, it is not enough for you to backup files for the long term. If you want more storage space for free, you can sign for more than one Google Drive accounts and use a multiple cloud storage manager like CBackupper to add and merge Google Drive accounts in one platform and combine the free backup space for files.

1. Create an account and sign in. Just go to the main page of CBackupper, click “Sign up” at the upper right side, then type your email, password, and name. After that, sign in your account.


2. Navigate to the Clouds tab, click "Add Clouds" at the bottom of My Clouds, select "Google Drive" and click "Add" to add this drive. You can add Google Drive accounts as many as you have.

Add Google Drive

3. After adding, all your Google Drive accounts are listed here. With only one login, you can allocate and make full use of their backup storage space or backup freely.

Allocated Space Google Drive

Besides the free web version that CBackupper offers for cloud to cloud backup, CBackupper also offers PC client to do PC cloud backup, you can use it as a Google Drive alternative to do cloud backup with large storage space at a low price.

CBackupper allows you to backup files from Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP to its secure cloud server called AOMEI Cloud and it offers 1000 GB storage space for only $6.00 per month. Moreover, it provides a 15-day free trial, After registering the account, you can receive a 15-day trial period.

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Note: After the trial period, the data in Backupper will be retained for 7 days, can be restored within 7 days.

Final Words

There are 3 ways to backup external hard drive to Google Drive, you can choose one way and follow the detailed steps to achieve it. If you are using other cloud storage like OneDrive and Dropbox, you can also backup external hard drive to OneDrive or Dropbox. In addition, if the cloud storage of Google Drive is insufficient, don’t forget to expand your backup space with CBackupper.