Cloud storage is the equivalent of bliss when it comes to its utility. The advent of this method of data storage has completely changed the way users store, access and share data.
The utility of cloud storage has heralded its’ expansion from computers to tablets and smartphones. Today, every single Android user is backing up their contacts, messages, WhatsApp chat, photos and videos to Google Drive and Google Photos.
Similarly, Microsoft came up with its’ own answer to cloud computing. They came up with SkyDrive, which was later branded to OneDrive. Being a tech-behemoth, Microsoft made sure to pack OneDrive with extremely handy features and kept on incorporating improvements to it. They also included the OneDrive app to be installed by default in Windows 10, which definitely gives them an edge over Google Drive.
Today we will take a look at the different ways in which a user can transfer their data from Google Drive to OneDrive. So let’s begin.
Use the Desktop App
First up is the most basic method. This is a long, but the most secure way (because this method involves the usage of the official Google Drive and OneDrive apps throughout the process).
Remove Duplicates First!
Hold on folks. Before you proceed to sync the Google Drive data, beware of the amount of trouble you will face courtesy duplicate data. Duplicate data is an unfortunate reality and does not only eat up invaluable storage volume on the cloud but will also cause the entire process to take longer. This means more time required to accomplish the task, more boredom for you while you wait and blankly stare at your laptop’s screen, and possibly more Internet charges if you’re using a metered connection.
The solution? Use Cloud Duplicate Finder. This is a cool web-service that scans your cloud data for duplicates and removes them with speed, and accuracy. It performs the entire task without compromising on data safety. It currently supports OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3 and Box.
Sync Google Drive Data to Your Computer
If you want to transfer the entire Google Drive contents to OneDrive, you need to install the local tool named Backup and Sync to your computer. Once you’re done with the installation, launch it and enter your Google account credentials to sign in.
Now the Backup and Sync tool will start to sync all the data to your computer. The time it requires to accomplish the entire job depends on the total volume of data, your Internet speed, etc.
You can easily adjust the bandwidth quota for data transfer. You can also opt-out of syncing entire folders if you don’t think they’re required on OneDrive. If you think the entire job will take several hours, you can launch the data sync process before going to bed, and when you wake up in the morning, it will be all done.
Now that we’ve talked about some tips to speed up the Google Drive sync process, let’s switch to the next half of this solution.
Upload Data to OneDrive
If you’re using Windows 10, you can access the OneDrive app via the Start menu. If you’re using an earlier version of Windows, you can easily download and install it.
Once the setup is over, enter your Microsoft account credentials and sign in. The local OneDrive folder will soon open up, which houses all the OneDrive cloud data. Just like the Google Drive sync, you can also control the sync speed in OneDrive as well.
Now you have to simply drag and drop the folders, files from the local Backup & Sync folder to the OneDrive folder. As soon as you drop even a single file, the process to sync it to the cloud is launched momentarily.
Again, you should ideally launch the sync at night time when the Internet is rocking. This will mean there will be minimal slowdowns and you won’t have to sit idle waiting for the sync process to be over.
MultCloud is one of the oldest players in the cross-cloud niche. It provides a fast, reliable and secure data migration facility from one cloud service to another. It is a firm favorite of the users because it makes a complex task very simple, without compromising on the task’s integrity at all.
MultCloud not only provides data sync facility, but it also allows users to move their data from one cloud drive to the other. Users can also schedule the data migration/ sync job. This flexibility is what really makes it stand out of the pack.
MultCloud supports a wide range of cloud services, which can be viewed here.
MultCloud provides a free membership plan, as well as 4 different plans for the users to choose from. Even though the paid-for plans provide a higher level of support, as well as data volume that can be handled, the free one provides a 50 GB limit per month! This has got to be the single most important feature that makes MultCloud such an awesome service.
Now let’s take a look at the procedure to transfer data from Google Drive to OneDrive.
- Register for an account at MultCloud and authenticate your account by clicking the registration link in the email you receive.
- Sign in to your MultCloud account and you will be redirected to the area where all the action happens.
- Click the Add Clouds button and select Google Drive from the options that appear. Enter your login credentials for your Google account and approve MultCloud accessing your Google Drive data through the official Google API, which makes it a totally safe process.
- Now perform the entire same process to add up your OneDrive account as well.
- Now click the Cloud Transfer button and then click on the From: Select the directory you want to transfer link. Select Google Drive (assuming you want to move all the data) and click OK.
- Click the To: Select the target directory you want to save the files to link and select OneDrive.
- Click the Transfer Now button instantly launch the data transfer process.
- This data transfer job will be moved to the Task Manager section, just before your username on the header. You can click this section at any time to view the status of the task as well as even cancel it if you want to.
This is yet another handy web service that makes the job of transferring data from Google Drive to OneDrive a breeze. The CloudFuze interface is a very simple one, and it does not bombard the user with too many options to confuse them. Adding up cloud drives, and then getting the data to sync or move from one drive to the other is very simple, and secure at the same time in CloudFuze.
One impressive feature of CloudFuze is that it sends you a detailed report once the data migration process is over. The report is sent as an email, with the email itself containing a link to all the related info in the CSV format.
CloudFuze does not provide a freebie membership plan. It provides a variety of plans for home users, as well as customized plans for corporates. This might put off some users for sure, but every good thing does come at a price they say!
The whole procedure is outlined as follows:
- Open up the CloudFuze website and register for a free account.
- You will now be signed in to your account and taken to the dashboard. Click the Add Clouds button on the header.
- Click the Google Drive icon on the next screen and then select Allow on the prompt message.
- Click the Add Clouds button and then repeat the same procedure to add OneDrive.
- Now click the Migrate button on the left.
- Select Google Drive in the Source Cloud and OneDrive in the Destination Cloud section respectively.
- Select the folder(s) or file(s) you want to move and then select the destination in OneDrive (if you want to move the data to a particular location).
- Once you’re done, click the Migrate button.
- CloudFuze will provide you the necessary info on the action that is about to be performed, in the next window. Click Confirm migration.
- The next window will show you a queue of all the data that has to be moved. Click Initiate migration to launch the process.
These are just some of the ways you can use to migrate data from your Google Drive account to OneDrive. We hope this article has been helpful to your cause. Have a great day!
Raza Ali Kazmi works as an editor and technology content writer at Sorcim Technologies (Pvt) Ltd. He loves to pen down articles on a wide array of technology related topics and has also been diligently testing software solutions on Windows & Mac platforms.