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ZCB can be used to backup and restore data that is synchronized with Google Drive. This allows recovery of the data if it is deleted or if the Google Drive service is unavailable.

The Google Drive application must be installed and the data available on the local disk. Once the data is available on local disk, select the Google Drive folder for backup within any File System backup set. 

If a restore is necessary, use ZCB to restore the files or folders from Google Drive. If the data is restored directly to the Google Drive folder, it will be uploaded and synced automatically to the Google Drive service once restore is finished.

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Data from other applications that synchronize local data with the cloud can be protected in the same manner. This includes Dropbox, OneDrive, and more.

Example

How to back up Google Drive data

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The Google Drive Software must be installed and operational on the system. Click the "Install Drive for your computer" option found in the left panel on http://drive.google.com to download the installer.

Once installed, Google Drive will create a folder on disk. If you are new to Google Drive, you must add files or folders to the Google Drive folder on disk. If you are an existing Google Drive customer, the data stored on the cloud will be downloaded to this folder automatically. 

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Files created via the Google Docs web interface are not automatically downloaded to disk by Google Drive as complete files. Only a stub, which links to the document on the Google Docs website, is synchronized. These stubs will be backed up by ZCB, not the full documents.

Google Docs files must be downloaded manually to disk in order to back them up in full. Other file types added to Google Drive do not have this restriction; they are synced fully by the Google Drive application.

 

The Google Drive data is available both on the web and on local disk after installation and synchronization is complete.

Include the Google Drive folder in any File System backup set. A new backup set was created for this example, but existing backup sets can be used. 

Finish configuration of your backup set and save.

The data will be backed up according to your schedules, or you may launch a backup manually using the Backup Now function.

Backup complete!

How to restore Google Drive data

Once the files and folders stored on Google Drive are protected with ZCB, they can be restored, even if a folder and some files are deleted or if Google Drive itself is unavailable.

The following items were deleted, and are gone from both disk and Google Drive. 

  • The Settings folder
  • The Restore_Times.docx file
  • The Reports.gsheet file

 

We can get them back with a restore. 

You can can restore specific items using the Search file/folder by name function.

By default, the Restore All option will be chosen, and everything in the backup set will be restored. You can can restore specific items instead by using the Restore Select or Search options.

Restore to the Original Location if you want the restored items to be automatically synced back to your Google Drive after the restore is complete.

The Name Conflict Policy controls what will happen if a file to be restored already exists on disk. In this example, the "Keep Existing" option is chosen so that only the deleted items will be restored, even if other items are selected. This ensures that the files that still exist on disk will not be overwritten with old versions from the backup.

Click the Restore button and confirm your restoration settings

Restore is successful! Files that already existed in the Original Location were not restored because the "Keep existing" Name Conflict Policy was chosen.

The restored files are automatically synced back to Google Drive once restore is complete.