Sync your external or network drives to Google Drive with Insync’s “Plug-n-sync”

Network and external drives are the lifelines for anyone dealing with serious data — be it for backup, expanding computer storage or sharing data around. These have become indispensable storage devices of our modern computing environment. As a syncing service, we’ve always striven to achieve seamless syncing across these devices without forcing the user to re-organize her data. This is one of the reasons that our “Add to Insync” feature is so well-received.

With “Add to Insync”, syncing any file or folder outside your main Google Drive folder is as easy as right clicking it and selecting “Add to Insync”. What happens in the background is that Insync adds a link to such a file or folder in your main Drive folder and keeps track of these additions.

However, “Add to Insync” worked horribly for network and external drives. For example, when the added file or folder went missing, such as when an external drive got disconnected, Insync would pause syncing for the entire account, not just for the disconnected external drive.

So we addressed it!

Now, if any file or folder added to Insync goes missing, Insync notifies you, pauses syncing for that file or folder but continues to sync the rest.

We call this feature “Plug-n-sync” and it’s awesome!

Consider the following scenarios:

  • Suppose you have your photos on an external drive and want to keep them synced to your Google Drive. Just plug in the external drive, right click the photos folder and choose “Add to Insync”. Now if you need to plug out the external drive to lend it to a friend or because you have to leave for work while still working on the shared work docs being synced via Insync, you can simply unplug it without a second thought! Insync will continue syncing and show a notification:

Syncing to that folder resumes automatically as soon as you plug back that external drive.

  • You’re at work, and you want to sync a folder from the network share to Google Drive so that you can access it from home. Again, just right click it and choose “Add to Insync”. If the network share goes down: Insync will notify you and pause syncing for that folder while still syncing the rest of your files. Syncing to that folder is automatically resumed when the network share is back up.

Plug-n-sync now allows you to integrate your external or network drive with Google Drive easily. With this, you get to keep your current folder hierarchy as is — no need to move everything under one folder just so you can sync with the cloud.

Plug-n-sync is now available in Insync 1.1.4.

Happy plug-n-syncing with Insync :-)