Google Drive/Migrating from Backup and Sync to Drive for Desktop
In February 2021, Google announced that they’re unifying their 2 existing Drive sync clients—Backup and Sync and Drive File Stream—into a unified sync client called Drive for desktop. The migration process will be a guided flow through the Backup and Sync to help users transition onto Drive for desktop. This documentation explains this guided flow further.
- The first step is to select the backup and sync cloud in the lower righthand corner of your desktop. If the icon is not immediately visible, select the up arrow to show more icons.
- Then you must select the "GET STARTED" button
- After that, select the "Sign in" button. This will bring up your associated Google Accounts. Make sure to select the account with $YOURUSERNAME@umd.edu
- After you have signed in, Drive for Desktop will check your folders to make sure all of your files are up to date and ask you to review your settings and inform you of the location of your Google Drive in your local filesystem.
- Drive for Desktop will then ask you if you would like to store your photos and videos from your computer on your Google Drive or your Google Photos. NOTE: If you select the Google Photos option, you will need to sign into Google Photos using your $USERNAME@umd.edu Google account to access them. They will not sync into your personal Google account.
- You will then be prompted to remove Backup and Sync from your system, go ahead and select the "OK" option as this software will eventually become depreciated.
- Congratulations! Drive for Desktop is now installed on your system and you can start to save files to the Google Drive directory in your filesystem. Any folders previously backed up by Backup and Sync will now be backed up by Drive for Desktop as will as any files saved to the Google Drive directory in your filesystem.