Update (July 13, 2017, 10:00 am IST): Google has finally released their much-awaited Backup and Sync tool for MacOS and Windows operating system. According to an earlier announcement, the tool was expected to launch in the last week of June.
Short Bytes: On June 28th, Google will launch a new tool named Backup and Sync for PC and Mac consumer users. This new backup tool will allow you to select all the folders on your computer’s storage disk and backup the entire system. On the other hand, G Suite users need to continue using Drive for Mac/PC until the new Drive File Stream app is made available.
Due to this change, instead of files needing to be stored inside the Drive folder, Google will be able to backup the files while maintaining the same folder hierarchy as it’s on your computer. Later this month, on June 28th, Google will launch this feature in the form of a new app named Backup and Sync.
To use this feature, you’ll need to first download the Backup and Sync tool on your Mac or PC. After signing in, you’ll be able to choose the folders that need to be backed up. After doing so, you’ll be able to access Drive across different devices.
In its announcement post, Google announced that Backup and Sync app is focused on the consumer users. The G Suite users can continue using Drive for Mac/PC until the new Drive File Stream is made generally available.
The users interested in trying Drive File Stream can sign up using this link.
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