Google Will Soon Backup Your Entire Computer
Google pre-announced a new tool named "Backup and Sync," built on top of Google Drive, which will be able to back up files stored anywhere on the user's computer, not just in the Drive folder. The search giant says it will launch Backup and Sync in two weeks, on June 28. Google says the new tool is a mash-up of the old Google Drive app and the Google Photos desktop uploader. "Backup and Sync is primarily intended for consumer users," Google explained today. "We recommend that our G Suite customers continue to use Drive for Mac/PC until our new enterprise-focused solution, Drive File Stream, is made generally available [...] later this year." While Google has not confirmed this, Drive File Stream appears to be the business version of the Backup and Sync tool. While some might view this as Google wanting more access to user data, the new Backup and Sync tool can be an alternative for consumers that want to back up files but can't afford dedicated hard drives or pricey backup software.