Google Drive Desktop: Auto Backup Windows 11 Files and Folder

Automatically Upload Files and Folders from Computer to Google Drive using Desktop Client. Here's the Guide to Back Up Windows 11 to Google Drive for Desktop.
Backup Windows 11 to Google Drive

Google is pushing the cloud storage solution onto existing users on the platform, and you can backup Windows to Google Drive. There are two ways to backup an entire PC or specific folders or files in the G-Drive storage. I split the tutorial into four parts, which makes the backup process easy to comprehend and take action right away.

Google added a dedicated client for Windows and it is an ideal utility to backup the entire machines in the cloud storage. Let me show you how to set up Drive and backup folder, files, and the entire PC.

Google Drive for Desktop: Windows 11 Installation

Google added a dedicated client for Windows, and it is an ideal utility to backup machines in the cloud storage. Let me show you how to set up Drive and backup folder, files, and the entire PC.

We have to install the setup file, then configure the account to make it fully functional.

  1. Download Drive from the official website and run it as administrator.
    Download Google Drive for Desktop on Windows 11
  2. Choose the options, then click on “Install” to continue.
    Open Drive and Click Install Button
  3. Let Drive install packages.
    Let Drive Install The Packages
  4. Click “Sign-in with browser” to login into the Google account.
    Click to Sign in with browser
  5. Enter the email address o9r phone number and click on “Next” to proceed further.
    Enter Credentials to Continue
  6. Enter the password, then click “Next” to proceed further.
    Enter password to login
  7. A notification is sent to the Android device to authorize access.
    Complete 2FA
  8. Tap “Yes, it’s me” on the Android device.
    Confirm 2FA (
  9. Click “Sign-in” to log in Google account.
    Click Sign in
  10. Open “This PC” or “My PC” and then click the “Google Drive” partition.
    Open This PC
  11. Click “My Drive” to view the Drive contents.
    Access My Drive
  12. All data saved in Google Drive appears on the screen.
    Access Data in Google Drive

Your Google Drive account is configured and is fully operational for creating backups. Follow the next instructions to add folders, files, and data in the cloud storage and synchronize with other devices.

Backup Windows Computer to Google Drive

It’s time to learn the data backup process and to commence the entire task in one go.

  1. Click on the Google Drive icon located in the hidden icons (Tray).
  2. Click on the gear Gear_ICon_Google_drive icon.
    Open Drive Options from Taskbar
  3. Choose “Preferences” to view more options.
    Choose Preferences
  4. Click on “My Computer” and then “Add Folder” to proceed further.
     Add Folder to Backup
  5. Choose a Folder.
  6. Click on Add Folder option.
    It is important to note that only folder/s can be backed up to Google Drive, individual files cannot be uploaded to drive. So add all the files inside a parent folder to back up it to Drive.

    Choose a folder

  7. Choose your options and then click on “Done”.
    Sync with Google Drive – It will always upload the fresh data in the cloud storage from time to time.
    Backup to Google Photos – This will upload images and videos inside the folder to Google Photos.
    Choose the options carefully and read the descriptions in the attached snapshot.
    Configure Folder for Backup
  8. Click on “Save” to confirm the changes.
    Choose the folder for backup and save
  9. You have successfully added a folder to store the backup in cloud storage.
    Folder is saved for backup

You can add multiple folders or files in Google Drive and backup the entire PC without synchronization complications. The dedicated client will run a routine scan in the selected folders for new data and upload it directly to the storage. However, it won’t delete the removed data from the cloud storage, if the files are missing in the local HDD or SSD.

Traditional Way to Backup Data in Google Drive

We may have given up on the old ways, but they come in handy when all solutions fail. Let me walk you through the process of backup data in Google Drive using the traditional method.

  1. Visit the Google Drive site and click on the “Go to Drive” option.
    Go to Drive Site to Login
  2. Enter the email address or phone number, then click “Next”.
    Enter password to login
  3. Enter the password, then click “Next” to proceed further.
  4. Authorize the access.
  5. I enabled 2FA and confirm it on an Android device.
    Complete 2FA
  6. Click on “New” located in the side panel.
    Click New
  7. Choose Folder, File upload, Folder upload, etc.
    Note: You can upload a single file or an entire folder in Google Drive.
    Choose Folder or File
  8. Use Windows Explorer to locate the folder/file and select it.
    Add a Folder or File
  9. I uploaded the BIO data file in the Drive and saved it within a minute.
    File Uploaded

Wasn’t that easy? The Californian-based search engine expanded its business to a new horizon and provided excellent cloud storage options within the ecosystem.

How to Check Google Drive Free Space?

I don’t know how many readers don’t check the storage free space and its maximum capacity. Nobody wants to end up with surprises later down the line and start looking up for an alternative in a couple of days.

Google Drive (FREE): 15 GB Maximum

Let me show you what files are occupying the Google Drive cloud storage and how to remove them.

  • Visit the Google Drive site and click on the “Go to Drive” option.
    Go to Drive Site to Login
  • Enter the email address or phone number, then click “Next”.
  • Enter the password, then click “Next” to proceed further.
    Enter password to login
  • Authorize the access.
  • I enabled 2FA and authorize access in the Android device.
    Complete 2FA
  • Click on the Storage option located in the side panel.Click Storage
  • Monitor the number of files taking up the space in the cloud storage.
    Monitor Google Cloud Storage

You can delete them permanently from Google Drive and free up space in the account. Of course, you can upgrade the storage plan, which is cheaper than the competition and is reliable at the same time.

What’s next?

Google Drive is available on Windows, Android, and iOS devices, but the dedicated client is missing on Linux machines. However, there is an official way to integrate Drive in the Linux distribution and backup the entire PC in the cloud storage.

I want to inform the readers about Google data policies, which may not be suitable for privacy-focused users. The United States of America doesn’t have good Data Protection Laws, and the American government themselves have violated laws through civilian surveillance.

Bottom Line

I have shown you two ways to backup Windows to Google Drive. I didn’t skip a beat here, so you won’t end up with surprises and finish backing up the Windows machine smoothly. Kindly, maintain a minimum of 5 GB of free space for a smooth transition or you can always upgrade the storage plan. Let us know what do you think about Google Drive services in the comment section below.

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