Google Drive for Desktop VS Backup and Sync [What's the Differences]

Jerry updated on Jan 11, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

Google has two top options for keeping your files organized and accessible: Backup and Sync and Google Drive for Desktop. Both options were implemented to help you store files in the cloud and keep them in sync on all your devices. They each have unique features that set them apart. But is Google Drive going away? To help you understand better, this article will explain what both do, how they differ, and which one is best for getting the job done.

What Is Backup and Sync

Google Backup and Sync is a tool that lets you back up and shares your files between your computer and the cloud easily and safely. This tool benefits businesses and people who want to ensure their data is safe and easily accessible.

backup and sync

For example, imagine you're a small business owner who wants to ensure all your important documents, photos, and videos are backed up and synced to the cloud.

With Backup and Sync, you can easily set up a backup of all your files and folders. This puts your mind at ease because you know your data is safe even if your computer crashes or gets stolen.

Besides, Backup and Sync allow you to access and edit your files from any device, making it simple for you and your team to collaborate and stay productive while on the go.

What Is Google Drive for Desktop

Google Drive for Desktop is software that provides a centralized location on your device for storing, sharing, and managing your digital files. Its current version combines the functions of Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync.

google drive for desktop

Let's say you're a student constantly working on projects and research papers. With Google Drive for Desktop, it's easy to download and use your Google Drive files when you're not connected to the internet. You can also use Google Drive for Desktop to mirror your files and folders on your Google Drive account, sync them with your desktop, and make it easy to share and collaborate with your classmates.

It's a valuable tool for anyone who wants to access and work on their files when they're not connected to the internet but still keep them in sync with the cloud. It's like having your assistant who keeps track of all your files and makes them easy to find whenever and wherever you need them.

Google Drive for Desktop vs. Backup and Sync

Google offers multiple ways to store and sync files, including Google Drive for Desktop and Backup and Sync.

goggle drive for desktop vs backup and sync

Both are comparable in many ways, but as of 2021, Google has combined Backup and Sync with Drive File Stream into a single piece of software: Google Drive for Desktop.

Here's a look at how the two compare in different ways:

Comparison Google Drive for Desktop Backup and Sync
Features Simple tool to access and manage Google Drive files directly from the desktop with the option to mirror or stream files Allows you to back up files and folders from the computer to the cloud and sync files across multiple devices
File Sync Syncs all files in the Google Drive folder Allows users to select specific files and folders to sync
File Versioning Yes Yes
Shows Who's Editing Yes No
Support for Non-Google Files Yes Yes
Stream from Google Drive to Computer Yes No
Make Selected folders available offline Yes, via streaming Yes
Space Cloud and user's computer with the option to mirror or stream Computer and Cloud

A Better Backup Option: Using Professional Backup Software

However, you might run into some problems when using Google Drive for Desktop or Backup and Sync, such as Google Backup and Sync not working, Google Drive File Stream not working, or Google Drive not syncing. Then, if you try to sync files to the cloud, it may not function. And now, Google Backup and Sync is no longer available. Under such circumstances, you can use professional backup software, like EaseUS Todo Backup, to help you back up your data.

EaseUS Todo Backup Home offers an all-in-one solution for backup needs. Its powerful functionality makes it a great alternative to Google Drive for Desktop and a perfect replacement for the discontinued Google Backup and Sync. Its key features include efficient and secure backup and recovery, system backup and recovery, disk and partition backup and recovery, and store backups on multiple paths, including cloud storage. The following are some key features of this tool:

Here is the detailed steps to back up your files.

Step 1. To begin the backup process, click the Select backup contents button.

create file backup step1

Step 2. Four data backup categories are listed: File, Disk, OS, and Mail.

create file backup step2

Step 3. Lists of both local and network files are shown on the left-hand side of the screen. Expanding the directory so that you can choose the files to back up.

File backup

Step 4. Follow the guidance on the screen and choose the place where you want to store the back up.

File backup step4

Make sure that the backup is encrypted and set the backup schedule by clicking Options in Backup Options. You can also choose to start the backup at a certain time in Backup Scheme by clicking Options. There are many other customizable options that you can look into.

Backup options

Step 5. You can store the backup file either on your computer, in EaseUS's cloud service, or on a network-attached storage device (NAS).

file backup step4

Step 6. EaseUS Todo Backup enables customers store backup copies of their files on a third-party cloud drive or on the company's own cloud storage.

If you want to back up your data on a third-party cloud drive, select Local Drive and scroll down to add Cloud Device. Then fill in your account information.

Backup to cloud
Click EaseUS Cloud, then sign up and log in with your EaseUS account if you wish to store backup files to EaseUS' own cloud storage service.

backup to easeus cloud

Step 7. Click on Backup Now to start a backup.  When the backup process is done, it will display as a card on the left-hand side of the screen. A right-click will let you see more about how to handle the backup job in more depth.

File backup step7

Final Thoughts

In this article, we talked about Google Drive for Desktop vs. Backup and Sync. Both tools from Google are powerful tools to back up your files on the cloud. However, while Backup and Sync has been stopped, Google Drive for Desktop has taken up combined roles in the past two years.

However, with numerous complaints about the software and many people simply seeking something fresh, EaseUS Todo Backup is a great solution that provides ample storage space to keep anything you need. It provides you with the necessary peace of mind and a half-dozen more advantages, in addition to storing and retrieving your data from the cloud.


1. Is Google Drive for Desktop going away?

Google Drive for Desktop is not going away anytime soon. Backup and Sync was recently discontinued, and its functions were incorporated into Google Drive for Desktop to improve it.

2. Is Google Drive better than Backup and Sync?

This would have been risky a few years ago and would have depended on your preferences. However, Google has recently combined all of the functionality of Google Drive for Desktop (previously Google Drive File stream) and Backup and Sync into one. This has made Google Drive for Desktop better than Google Backup And Sync ever was.

3. What if I don't want Google Drive for desktop?

That's perfect as the EaseUS Todo Backup is the perfect backup plan for you. It has everything Google Drive for Desktop has to offer and more.

4. Do files stay in Google Drive forever?

Files will stay in Google Drive unless they are deleted by the user or removed due to inactivity or violation of Google's terms of service.

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