By Kelsey / Last Updated July 29, 2020

Nowadays, we are inseparable from all aspects of personal computers or even smartphones, the data stored on the device is increasing day by day. Whether it is a planning plan or data record at work, data saved during learning, or using the device for social or entertainment, much of the data generated is extremely important to us. USB and Cloud Storage are now two common methods for data protection and storage.

Why Do I Backup USB to Google Drive?

Google Drive is the most popular cloud storage service today. Because it is a cloud-based service, compared with USB, it can also share files and expand storage while saving data. For the following reasons, we may need to backup USB to Google Drive:

  • Easy to expand storage: Once the physical hard drive such as USB is purchased, it will only have a fixed storage quota, but as data increases, this feature will trouble us. Google Drive can subscribe to different expansion plans based on the amount of data.

  • Data protection: Backup USB to cloud storage can avoid the problem of data inaccessibility or loss caused by USB failure and USB damage. The files backed up to Google Drive can be well protected even in the event of system, disk failure, and natural disasters.

  • High practicability: The cloud-based Google Drive provides many functions, such as we can access and manage our files on different devices; the file-sharing function can quickly invite others to view, comment, and edit any file or files you choose Folder to make online collaboration easy.

You may also want to back up files from USB to Google Drive for other reasons, so how to implement this operation?

3 Ways to Backup/Sync USB to Google Drive?

This chapter will provide you with three effective ways to backup or synchronize files from USB to Google Drives.

Method 1. Upload files to Google Drive Manually

Step 1. Connect the USB to the computer, enter drive.google.com from the browser and log in to your Google Drive account.

Step 2. Click My Drive on the main interface, and then select "Upload files..." or "Upload folder..." from the menu.

Upload Files To Googledrive

Step 3. Then a window will open, where you can browse your location to the flash drive and select the file or folder you want to upload. After completion, the process can be repeated every time a file needs to be backed up.

Method 2. Sync files to Google Drive with Backup and Sync

Google Backup and Sync is a desktop program launched by Google, this application can help us directly back up the content of the computer or external hard drive like USB to Google Drive.

Step 1. Connect USB to computer, download and install Google Backup and Sync.

Step 2. The first step after installation is to enter your Google account on the Sign in the interface and log in.

Sign In

Step 3. In the next step, you can select the folder to be backed up. If you only need to back up the files on the USB, you need tick Documents. If the file contains photos and videos, you can also choose the upload quality.

Select Folder

Step 3. The next step will ask if you want to sync Google Drive to your computer. If you don’t want to enable it, you can uncheck "Sync My Drive to this computer".

Sync My Drive

Step 4. After completing these settings, click Start to automatically back up your USB data to Google Drive.

Method 3. Backup files to Google Drive via third-party tools

You can also directly backup files data from USB to Google Drive through some third-party tools. Unlike Google Backup and Sync, some third-party tools have more powerful backup functions. Here, I will use the free application - AOMEI Backupper Standard as an example to show how to backup USB to Google Drive.

Step 1. First, you need to do the preparations: connect the USB to the PC; install Backup and Sync and log in to Google account; download and install AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Step 2. Log in to the program, then click Backup and find File Sync, then click it to continue.

File Sync

Step 3. Click Add Folder and select the file that needs to be backed up to Google Drive. You can also edit the task name according to the backup requirements.

Add Folder

Step 4. Click the drop-down icon at the backup destination and select "Select a cloud drive". Then select Google Drive in the pop-up window, and then click Start Sync.

Choose Destination

Bonus Tip: How to Backup Google Drive to USB?

If for some reason you need to back up Google Drive files to USB, is there any way? In fact, the above three methods can also be used to backup Google to an external hard drive;Just select "Sync My Drive to this computer" in Backup and Sync or select the Google folder as the source path and USB as the target location in AOMEI Backupper.

Get More Google Drive Space for Free via cBackupper

Although compared with other cloud storage, the free 15GB provided by Google Drive has demonstrated its generosity, but this is likely to be exhausted directly when you back up the USB. Is there any way to get more storage space without paying for a subscription expansion plan? You can use cBackupper to achieves.

cBackupper is an online cloud storage manager that allows you to add multiple cloud storage accounts (same account for a cloud storage service or multiple cloud storage for different services). Use cBackupper to add and merge Google Drive accounts to form a small backup space of these accounts into a large backup space.

  • Click “Sign up” to create a cBackupper account and log in.

Sign Up

  • Click the "Cloud" tab, click "Add Cloud" in the lower-left corner, select Google Drive to add your account, and click "OK".

Add Google Drive

  • All your added Google Drive accounts will be listed under the "My Cloud" list. In the future, you only need to log in to cBackupper to allocate and make full use of their storage space to back up files.

Allocated Space Google Drive

Final Words

The three methods described above can backup USB to Google Drive, you can choose the most suitable according to your situation. And you can backup Google Drive to USB in a similar way. Besides, don't forget to use cBackupper to get more Google Drive backup storage space for free, which can make full use of cloud disk space and protect data security.