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Backup and Sync from Google 3.43.1584

A synchronization tool for Google’s online storage service

by Nick Peers

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 16 October 2018
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Downloads To Date: 36287
Developer: Google
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Backup and Sync from Google 3.43
Google’s redesigned Backup and Sync app does what it says on the tin.

Google Backup and Sync is the new tool you’ll need to sync your Google-hosted files and photos with your Mac and Windows PCs. It not only combines the functionality of Google’s discontinued Drive and Photos apps, but also now allows you to specify folders on your hard drive that you’d like to back up to Google Drive without moving them from their original location.

The app is simple to use – once installed, an icon appears in your Taskbar Notification Area or menu bar – click this for an overview, plus access shortcut buttons to your local Google Drive folder as well as online links to your Drive and Photos accounts. The pop-up also lets you track the progress of file syncing.

Click the ≡ button to temporarily pause sync, plus access the app’s preferences. Here you have three tabs: My Computer is where you connect folders from your PC to your Google Drive storage for continuous backup protection, plus configure photo and video uploading (choose between original quality with file limits, or high quality with no limits) as well as switch on Google Photos.

Select Google Drive to switch between syncing everything online with your computer or just your choice of folders. Finally, Settings is where you go to autostart Backup and Sync with your computer, plus access Network Settings (if you find your internet connection becomes sluggish during file sync, click this and set a limit to the upload rate – say 75% of your total upload speed).

There’s nothing particularly special about the app – it’s been redesigned with a modern look and feel, and we like the new feature that allows you to back up user folders without having to move them inside your Google Drive folder. Google provides a reasonable 15GB of storage for free, although this is shared with your Gmail account, and has a number of competitively priced upgrades – the 100GB plan is $1.99 a month or it’s $9.99 a month for 1TB or $99.99 a month.

What's new in 3.43 (see changelog for more)?

- As of this version, Backup and Sync won’t start on OS X 10.9 Mavericks. 
- Fixed an issue where users couldn’t disable context menu items on macOS.
- Fixed an issue where some USB devices weren’t detected by Backup and Sync. 
- Introduced a clearer error message for files that can’t be copied.
- Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

Verdict:

The redesigned Backup and Sync app is a definite step up from Google’s old, outdated Drive and Photos apps.

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Posted by: John Smith, 25 April 2012 19:05

I keep getting an "Unknown Installer Error" every time I try to install this. I've tested n several machines on Windows 7 32 and 64 bit. Same error.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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