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Old 29 Jun 2019, 08:23 PM   #1
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Best way to back up Gmail account?

I use Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos as my main email, file handling, and photo storage solutions, and they work very, very, well. However, being prudent, I like to have backups of everything. Due to my current job/living situation I am unable to maintain local backups of anything on a regular basis so I need to have a cloud-based backup solution. What I am doing now is to utilize another Gmail account to share my email, files, and photos, but that still leaves me entirely dependent on Google services. I would prefer to possibly utilize say an account to mirror my email and files, and possibly the photos if I purchased additional storage. Does anyone do something like this, and does it work well? I have tried to get to import my rather large (5GB) Gmail store, but it doesn't seem to work properly. Most of the Gmail is now in Archive or Sent, as I keep a minimal Inbox with just a few pending items. never seems to import the Archive, no matter what settings I try. How to do this? Or, is there a better cloud-based backup system you use?
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Old 29 Jun 2019, 10:22 PM   #2
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I have used this program in the past, but note that it is not a 'cloud-based backup' program.

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Old 29 Jun 2019, 11:45 PM   #3
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It may not meet all your requirements, but Google Takeout can drop the archives it creates straight into OneDrive.
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Old 29 Jun 2019, 11:55 PM   #4
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Have you tried Takeout to OneDrive? Would require some manual work, but seems like a good option. Do Google Docs get converted to MS Office format?
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Old 3 Jul 2019, 04:01 AM   #5
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Tried again today to get to properly sync my Gmail, but it does not. The problem seems to be the All Mail folder from Gmail does not sync over to, and I do have the box checked to show All Mail in IMAP in the Gmail settings. Does anyone know how to get and Gmail to correctly sync?
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Old 4 Jul 2019, 11:45 PM   #6
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This may be irrrelevant or obvious in the context of Outlook, but IIRC the actually imap folder name is "[Gmail]/All Mail"
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