Friday, January 7, 2022
Note: This app is no longer supported and may not work correctly since some changes Google made in 2022. I do not recommend its use.
This app backs up your Google Drive into date-versioned folders.
The intent is that you will take these date-versioned folders and back them up somewhere safe.
This app uses the gdrive tool to download and export data: https://github.com/prasmussen/gdrive
It is a self-contained .NET 6.0 WPF Application. It runs with little resource usage.
I started using Google Drive because it seemed like the only practical way of writing documents and creating spreadsheets on my Galaxy Tab. When it came to backing up my data, to my horror I found that the Google Drive app on Windows does not download the actual content of Google Document files, and only downloads a link to them - this is useless for backup purposes.
I made this tool to convert these Google Document files into Office formats containing the full data, such that I had a full copy stored locally, and to download my entire Google Drive into a date-versioned folder which I could then back up. Now I feel that my data is safe.
Initially I made this as a console application, however I decided it would appear more approachable if I added UI to it. I also felt it was important to add self-update functionality, as I know that manual updates are often ignored - I do it myself!
Download and run the installer, then click the Start Menu shortcut.
If you use my app, let me know what you think, and please let me know if you encounter any bugs.
You can use the contact form linked in the navbar to report issues or feedback.