You’ll soon be able to back up your Mac to Google Drive

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Backup the files you need for peace of mind.
Backup the files you need for peace of mind.
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Google is introducing a new tool to Google Drive that will make it easy to back up and sync the most precious data on your Mac.

You’ll gain the option to upload your most important folders to the cloud — leaving out the data you don’t need to keep — then restore them on a new machine when you upgrade.

It’s never been easier to back up your data to the cloud. There are a whole bunch of cloud services available, and the vast majority are easy to setup and use. They’re pretty darn affordable these days, too.

If you’re tied to the Google ecosystem, chances are you’re already using Google Drive for something. And if you’re not, you probably should be. Google offers 15GB of free data storage, unlimited free storage for photos, and an incredibly easy-to-use service.

What’s more, Drive will soon be capable of backing up the most important data on your Mac or Windows PC. Google is launching a new tool called Backup and Sync, which will let you pick and choose all the folders you want to upload to the cloud.

Once selected, all your data backs up automatically, and any changes you make get synced to the cloud — so you don’t have to do anything. If your MacBook is lost or stolen, or you upgrade to a new machine, your backup can then be restored.

And of course, because Google Drive is available almost anywhere — including iOS — your data will be there, too. So you won’t need to fire up your Mac just to access an important file.

Backup and Sync is coming to Drive on June 28 and will be integrated into the Google Photos desktop uploader.