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Many of us keep data on a USB drive, and when you lose it, it becomes a problem. In this post, we will share how you can backup USB to Google Drive, making sure you always have a backup of the file no matter how many times your content has changed.

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Updated by Jerry on Aug 30, 2023

According to a recent study, 62% of people have lost their computer data, and over 70% of individuals have deleted something unintentionally. If you don't want to be an individual from the above statistics, you must back up your USB to Google Drive.

There are simple and effective ways to backup USB to Google Drive, and in this detailed blog from EaseUS, we will take you through all these methods so that you never lose your essential data.

The Benefits of Backing Up USB to Google Drive

Imagine if you are unable to access your data one day. You can lose the USB drive, or there could be a hardware failure. Therefore, regular backup USB to Google Drive ensures you avoid such panic scenarios and access data easily anytime, anywhere.

  • Remote Accessibility and Convenience: When you back up the USB to Google Drive, you can access data anywhere. If you have an internet connection, you can easily log into your Google Drive from any computer, smartphone, or tablet and retrieve your files instantly.
  • Redundancy and Data Security: Hardware failures, accidents, and unforeseen disasters can strike at any time, potentially losing your precious data stored on a USB drive. However, backing up files to Google Drive allows you to introduce redundancy into your data storage strategy. Hence, Google's robust and distributed infrastructure ensures that multiple copies of your files are stored across various servers and data centers.
  • Data Preservation and Recovery: Accidental deletions, formatting errors, and corruption can instantly render your USB drive data inaccessible. When you back up USB to Google Drive, your files are not only protected against these unfortunate events, but you can also take advantage of the "version history" feature.
  • Effortless File Sharing and Collaboration: Sharing files stored on a USB drive can sometimes be cumbersome, involving the physical transfer of the drive or the creation of duplicates. Google Drive simplifies this process by allowing you to share files and folders with others easily using secure links or by granting them access directly.
  • Automatic Backups and Peace of Mind: Modern life is busy, and remembering to back up your USB drive regularly manually might slip your mind. You can set up automatic backup schedules using tools like Google Drive's desktop application or USB backup software. This "set-it-and-forget-it" approach ensures that your files are consistently backed up without requiring constant attention.

3 Ways to Backup USB to Google Drive

Now that we understand the significance of backing up USB drives to Google Drive. Let's delve into the three different methods you can use to achieve this:

Method Effectiveness  Time Required Difficulty 
EaseUS Todo Backup  High  Less Time Consuming ⭐
Google Drive for Desktop High  Less Time Consuming  ⭐
 Manual Upload to Google Drive Low  More Time Consuming ⭐⭐⭐

Way 1. Backup USB to Google Drive via Cloud Backup Software

One of the simplest methods to back up your USB drive is using specialized backup software like EaseUS Todo Backup. This software streamlines the backup process and offers a simple interface and multiple features.

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Below are some of the critical features of it:

Here are the detailed steps you should follow to back up USB to Google Drive:

Step 1. To initiate a backup, click the Select backup contents option.

create file backup step1

Step 2. There are four data backup categories, File, Disk, OS, and Mail, click File.

create file backup step2

Step 3. On the left, both local and network files will be shown. You may extend the directory to pick the backup files.

File backup

Step 4. Follow the on-screen instructions and choose a location to store the backup.

File backup step4

Click Options to encrypt the backup with a password in Backup Options, then click Backup Scheme to specify the backup schedule and start the backup at a certain event. There are also other additional choices you may choose to tailor the backup process to your requirements.

Backup options

Step 5. The backup may be stored on a local disk, EaseUS' online service, or NAS.

file backup step4

Step 6. EaseUS Todo Backup enables customers to back up data to a third-party cloud drive as well as its own cloud drive.

If you want to back up data to a cloud drive provided by a third party, choose Local Drive, scroll down to add Cloud Device, and then add and log in to your account.

Backup to cloud
You can also choose the EaseUS cloud drive. Sign up for an EaseUS Account, then click EaseUS Cloud and log in.

backup to easeus cloud

Step 7. Click Backup Now to begin the backup process. The backup job will be presented as a card on the left side of the panel after it has been finished. Right-click the backup job to handle it further.

File backup step7

Its features ensure your data's safety through scheduled backups and incremental backup options.

Way 2. Sync Files to Google Drive with Drive for Desktop

Google offers a convenient desktop application, Google Drive for Desktop, that allows you to sync files on Google Drive and your computer effortlessly. You can even sync files on Google Drive offline.

Step 1. Download and install Google Drive for Desktop​​​​​​.

Step 2. Sign in to your Google Account.

Step 3. Select the folders you want to sync between your computer and Google Drive.

add usb to google driver backup folder list

Step 4. Copy the files from your USB drive to the synced folder on your computer.

select folders to copy to sync folder

Step 5. Google Drive for Desktop will automatically sync the files to your Google Drive.

Way 3. Upload USB Files to Google Drive Manually

You can manually upload files from your USB drive to Google Drive if you prefer a more hands-on approach.

Step 1. Open the web browser and go to Google Drive.

Step 2. Sign in to your Google Account.

open google drive on the browser

Step 3. Create a folder to organize your USB drive files.

create a new folder for google drive backup

Step 4. Upload Files: Open the folder, click the "+ New" button, and select "File upload." Choose the files from your USB drive.

upload files you want to backup

Step 5. Track the progress of the uploads in the Google Drive interface.

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How to Restore Backup from Google Drive to PC

Once you have a backup ready, be prepared to restore the backup from Google Drive to your computer!

Step 1. Go to https://drive.google.com/drive.

Step 2. Select the folders you want to restore from your drive.

select one or multiple folders you want to restore

Step 3. Click on the download icon and save them onto your PC.

download all the files in zip format

Step 4. All files and folders will be downloaded and compressed into a ZIP file on your PC.

Once all your files and folders are in your computer, you can easily connect an external device to transfer them.


Backing up your USB drive to Google Drive is a proactive way to ensure your data's safety and accessibility. If you are looking for the perfect solution to backup USB to Google Drive, one of the best choices is EaseUS Todo Backup. This robust tool lets you transfer valuable information to Google Drive quickly. Embrace the power of cloud storage and take control of your data's safety and convenience.

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FAQs on Backup USB to Google Drive

Here is the list of commonly asked questions on how to sync external drives like USB to Google Drive or any Files and folders to Google Drive.

1. How do you move files from Google Drive to USB?

To move files from Google Drive to a USB drive, download them from Google Drive, insert the USB drive, copy or cut the files, and paste them into the USB drive's folder. Further, eject the USB drive safely before removing it.

2. Can you format a USB flash drive without losing data?

Formatting implies that you will end up losing all your data. However, if you don't want that, you can use software like EaseUS Todo Backup to save all your data into your drive before formatting.

3. Can you download Google Drive to an external hard drive?

You can do that by selecting and downloading the files from the drive to your computer. Afterward, you must copy them from your computer to the external hard drive using your operating system's file management tools.

4. How to download from Google Drive to an external hard drive?

Simple steps can help get data from Google Drive to an external hard drive. Select Files from Google Drive and right-click to choose the Download options. Connect the external device on your computer and copy and paste all the desired files from the PC to an external drive.

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