Best way to mirror an existing Gdrive

What is the problem you are having with rclone?

Looking for general advice on the best approach to sync back from a Gdrive. For about a year or so I have been using my Gdrive as a cloud NAS through rclone. I send everything up to it with no local copies. Yes, I know, but there are reasons. Now I'd like to mirror certain directories locally to a variety of drives for high-value files that are more irreplaceable. Unfortunately I don't have a local NAS, just a handful of varying-sized drives: an 8TB drive, and a couple 4TB ones. SO I would like to automate mirroring these remote directories locally so for example directory1 and directory2 are pulled down to the 8TB drive and directory3 is pulled down to the 4TB drive. Gdrive will always be the "source of truth" to pull down from, I don't need bi-directional, I just need local to mirror Gdrive. Hopefully this makes sense!

Which OS you are using and how many bits (eg Windows 7, 64 bit)

macOS 10.15

Which cloud storage system are you using? (eg Google Drive)

Google Drive encrypted remote


you can run multiple rclone copy/sync commands.
for example,
rclone sync gcrypt: /path/to/drive8TB --include=directory{1,2}
rclone sync gcrypt:directory3 /path/to/drive4TB/directory3

  • if you want an incremental backup, you can use --backup-dir
  • test with --dry-run

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