About google drive
Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. And it was launched on April 24, 2012. It supports applications for different platforms like a website, Windows and MacOS computer, Android and IOS smartphone.
Google Drive allows users to store files in the cloud, synchronize files across devices, and share files.
It encompasses Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Files created and edited through the office suite are saved in Google Drive. Aside by that, you can get 15 GB free space only if you create an account.
How to move files from PC to google drive?
To ensure the security of your files, you must want to make a backup of your important files or folders. In general, you may choose to backup files to an external storage device like external hard drive, USB flash drive or directly backup to internal hard drive. However, I will talk about a different way to protect the security of your files today.
Compared with file backup, I think you still need to perform a file sync. It’s much easier. You do not need to restore it when needed if you do a file sync.
To the storage device, I think you’d use cloud storage like google drive, Dropbox, OneDrive. Syncing your files to cloud storage can help you to prevent data loss in a better way. Even if your computer encounters something unexpected like system crash, virus, fire, your backup on cloud storage device is safe. You can access your cloud storage at any time only if you can use network.
Then, I will represent the specific steps for you
To be easy to use google drive, you need to download it to your desktop. After you download it, you need to sign in your google account and choose folders to continuously backup to google drive. And you still can choose photos or video you want to upload. What’s more, you can see a tab called My Computer if you download the application. You can see all things you upload from Google Backup and Sync.
Drag and drop
Step 1: Open your website and enter your google drive
Step 2: Restore down your website and Drag the file or folder you want to move to google drive, then drop it to your google drive.
File or folder upload
Step 1: Click New at the top left corner of your google drive and select File Upload or Folder Upload.
Step 2: Select files or folders on your computer after a new window pop up. After your files or folders upload complete, you will receive a receive a message like “1 upload complete”
Note: If you make some changes to your uploaded files or folders, it will automatically backup or sync to google drive when your computer connect to network.
Advanced way to move files from PC to google drive
Aside by above ways, you still can use file sync software AOMEI Backupper to move files from PC to google drive. Compared with above ways, this way will much easier. With the help of AOMEI Backupper, you still can set up a file sync task on a regular basis.
To move files to google drive, see below.
Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it.
Step 2: Click Backup and File Sync subsequently
Step 3: Click Add Folder, then tag on Browse and select folders from your computer when a new window pop up.
Step 4: Select google drive as your destination path.
Step 5: Click Schedule and Choose Schedule Settings to set up a file sync task. AOMEI Backupper will automatically sync fileswhen it reaches to the point you set. (optional)
How to upload files to shared google drive?
Every time, you will see New tab at the top left corner of your google drive when you open it on a website. This Tab can help you upload files to google drive successfully. However, what if you want to upload files to a specific drive like a shared drive?
It doesn't matter if you do not know how to upload files to shared google drive. That's all I want to show you today.
Create a shared google drive
Before you upload files, you need to create a shared google drive first.
Step 1: Click My Drive under New tab, right-click it and choose New Folder
Step 2: Type a name (eg: public) for your new folder and click Create
Step 3: Right click public under My Drive tab and select Share or Get shareable link. Both options can help you create a shared google drive. However, they are a little bit different. If you choose the first one, you need to input names or email addresses of the users you want to share and click the drop-down menu to choose the priority of users you share. And if you want to set more sharing setting, you can click Advance. But if you choose the second one, you can set up sharing settings later. After that, click Done.
Note: If some users do not have a google account, google drive will ask you to send a link or invitation to them.
Step 4: Wait for a second. Then click public and click view detail tab at the top right corner, you will see sharing information like below.
Steps to upload files to shared google drive
Similar to move files from PC to google drive, there are three methods. To the specific steps, there are only some small changes.
For the first two methods, you only need to choose a shared google dive first, then follow the steps above.
For the last method, you need to choose the shared google drive (eg: public) at the right panel of Select Cloud window instead of an entire google drive.
How to use google drive to share files?
After you successfully move files to google drive, you may want to know how to use google drive to share files. It’s very easy. And the specific steps are similar to the steps of creating a shared google drive. The only difference is that you need to choose a single file or local folder which contains many files instead of a shared google drive under My Drive.
From above, you can get three methods to move files to google drive. To be honest, I prefer the last methods. The last method can not only help you upload files but also provide you more advanced features, such as sync files to NAS, backup larger amounts of data simultaneously, system backup, etc.