Google Drive/Backup and Sync

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Currently, backup and sync is the only option for continuous backup of local files on a machine. This means that after selecting designated locations on the machine, these locations and all of the files within them will be backed up to Google Drive.

Windows Setup

Once at the webpage, navigate to the lower left-hand box labeled "Backup and Sync" and click the download button.

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  • Select the file "installbackupandsync.exe" in the lower left-hand corner of your browser and select "Yes" to install the software on your machine.
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  • After a few seconds a pop-up window should appear with a "Get Started" button. If the window does not appear, minimize your browser or any other windows on your desktop as it might be hiding beneath them.
  • Select the "Get Started" button.
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  • The window will then prompt for sign in with a Google account. Sign in to your UMD account using your $ email.
  • You will then be brought to the UMD CAS Dual Factor Authentication Screen. Sign in with your normal credentials and dual factor authenticate.
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  • Upon a successful sign in, you will be brought to the "My Computer" screen. At this point, select the folders and locations that you wish to have backed up to Google Drive. Any folders or locations which are not selected will not be recoverable via Google Drive.
  • After this there will be a prompt to "Sync My Drive to this computer". If this is selected, a file location will be created on the computer labeled "Google Drive" that will be synced with all of the files uploaded to your Google Drive from any device, not just the files selected in the previous step for backup.
  • At this point, Backup and Sync has been installed. Any folders with green checkmarks next to them in File Explorer are backed up to Google Drive.

MacOS Setup