Showing posts from January 2, 2021

Moving Google Backup and Sync

Reinstalling windows or moving to a new computer with Google Backup & Sync. I recently purchased a new computer and installed Google Backup and Sync. I have an external hard drive with 1TB of photos on it which is backup with Google. When I added this to the app it started backing it up again as if it were a new folder. I searched everywhere to be able to map it to the existing backup but couldn't find anything so I had a stab for myself. Luckily the first thing I tried worked.  This will only work if you have access to the old computer. I first made sure the path to the external drive was the same as the original computer. Then copied everything from the the C:\Users\Caleb\AppData\Local\Google\Drive folder to the new computer. This tricked the application in to thinking it was an existing install and the external hard drive was an existing backup. Backup and Sync had a little hiccup when I ran it but after it "Processed" (Compared the hash of my local files with the