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Backup Google Drive to computer

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jflatto
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Backup Google Drive to computer

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I am trying to do something unusual. :D I am backing up a folder on Google Drive to my computer using Syncback Pro. I have it set up and working, version control on. The issue is that when the files such as Google Docs and Sheet files are backed up to my computer, the files have no extensions. I can manually add extensions such as .docx and .xlsx to the files and they open file in Word or Excel, but just wondering if there is any way to have the extensions automatically added. May not be possible but since when I upload an Excel file to Google Drive, it is automatically converted to Sheets format, didn't know if I could do similar the other way when backing up using Syncback Pro. I know the Excel can be added when I manually download a file.
mmullins_98
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Re: Backup Google Drive to computer

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I believe this has been answered previously by Swapna:

"SyncBackPro downloads the native Docs files without extensions because it sees the files as-is on the cloud server. For example: "TestFile" with just the name of the file without any extension and that is what's listed on the Cloud service. Since, there is no extension for the downloaded file, the user(or Windows) may not know exact file format(of that downloaded file) to open/view it.

However, if you rename those files with proper extension(example .doc) on Google Drive, manually(prior to the download), the files gets downloaded with extensions and can be opened/viewed automatically using their default editor."

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Re: Backup Google Drive to computer

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I apologize for the delayed reply. Thank you very much. I had done a search related to Google Drive but didn't go back to 2016. My bad. I added the extensions and things work fine now.

Thank you again.
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