How to back up Google Drive (Windows)

On Windows, Google Drive has security settings that prevents Backblaze from backing it up.

 

Note: The Mac version of Google Drive can be backed up by Backblaze with no settings changes.

 

Windows Vista/7/8/10:

  1. Navigate to C:\Users\YourUser\, right click the Google Drive directory and choose Properties. Note: Do not perform these steps on the Google Drive shortcut (it will show as Google Drive.lnk when you choose Properties on it).
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  2. In the Properties window, choose the Security tab and click Edit.
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  3. Click Add.
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  4. In the Object Name field, enter SYSTEM (all caps) and click OK. Click OK to dismiss the Permissions window, and then finally click OK to dismiss the Google Drive properties.
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  5. During the next scheduled scan, Backblaze should find the Google Drive folder and back it up. You can also force an immediate scan. 

Windows XP:

  1. Navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\YourUser\My Documents, right click on Google Drive and choose Sharing and Security.
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  2. If you're using the default Windows Simple File Sharing, Uncheck "Make this folder private." Click OK to dismiss the Google Drive Properties window.
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    If you're using Windows Advanced File Sharing, click the Security tab, then Add.
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    In the Object Name field, enter SYSTEM (all caps) and click OK. Click OK to dismiss the Google Drive properties.
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  3. During the next scheduled scan, Backblaze should find the Google Drive folder and back it up. You can also force an immediate scan.
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