Blending local and cloud data

Google makes it easier to back up media from Chromebooks to Drive

It’s no secret that Chromebooks rely heavily on Google Drive cloud storage. The devices have the capability to store data locally, of course, but Google provides far more capacity in the cloud and even integrates Google Drive into the Files app on Chromebooks.

Now the company is looking to improve the process of backing up local files to the cloud, particularly those on removable media. [company]Google[/company]’s François Beaufort is keeping us up to date on the experimental feature, which for now is called Cloud Backup.

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On Thursday, Beaufort provided the latest update, explaining how to use Cloud Backup to automatically sync photos and videos from a memory card or USB drive to Google Drive in Chrome OS:

Insert any removable media device such as a USB key or a SD Card which contains at its root the famous DCIM folder. Then, navigate to this folder and notice the ‘cloud’ icon at the very top right corner. Click on it and you’re done! Your photos and videos will be automatically synced to your Google Drive under a newly created photos folder.

The Cloud Backup feature is available to any Chrome OS device but you have to be using the Dev channel of Google’s operating system.

The Dev channel is generally considered to the most cutting-edge version of Chrome OS, because it has many experimental features and is updated the most often. By comparison, the Beta channel is updated every two weeks or so, while new features graduate to the Stable channel every six weeks.

This means that as Google refines Cloud Backup, it will eventually migrate over time to all users. My hope is that Chrome OS users will have the option to enable or disable Cloud Backup, though: With some Chromebooks getting just 100 or 200 GB of Drive storage, heavy camera users could lose track of their free space in the cloud.

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