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Changing to Chromebook laptop
January 24, 2020
10:12 am
Martha Reistetter
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Hello,  What happens to the pictures that are on my old Dell laptop that I have added to the Microsoft Pictures Folder for the past 10 years? You know I don’t want to lose a one!  I use Back Up & Sync, know that photos are in cloud, have Microsoft One as a 2nd for my pictures.  I  am using your 2nd Edition of  Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos to help me learn more about this. I realize that a lot of work is needed on my part to get all the old photos more organized into albums and that can be done from the cloud. I am presuming that Microsoft One can be used on the new Chromebook? If I am reading your book correctly, I can go through ALL the old photos from the cloud and make albums of those that are really the best and most important.  Any editing that I do will be permanent right?

So, I do need to get an external hard drive for new laptop, and download all my best organized albums to this for extra safe keeping. Is that right?

Without Back Up & Sync, how do my photos show up on all my devices, or will they?

Thank you for all you and Jim teach us and all the help to keep us going!!


January 25, 2020
12:34 pm
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  1. Your old dell with 10 years of photos in \pictures: if you use Backup and Sync on your Dell, and tell it to backup the photos in your \pictures, then they should all be in your Google Photos – spot check to see if that is true. 
    If you mean, how do you get those to OneDrive in addition to Google, it’s the same idea. Right-click on the onedrive icon in the lower right corner, choose More…, Settings, Backup. You should see that the Pictures folder is already set to backup. Once again, you can go online and spotcheck … and login with your microsoft account
  2. Yes, Microsoft OneDrive can be used on the chromebook – it’s all cloud-based. Just go to and log in with your microsoft account. 
  3. making albums with your old photos. You certainly can do this, but that’s a pretty big project and these old photos are already on your computer right? So, I personally wouldn’t worry about that – just start the process now, with all new photos going forward. 
  4. Without Back Up & Sync, how do my photos show up on all my devices, or will they? Backup and Sync copies your photos to the cloud, then you can see them from any connected device, they won’t be copied down to other devices – they’re just in the cloud. Without Backup and Sync, this won’t happen. 

I have a feeling I’m missing a lot of what you’re really asking. If you’d like to arrange a phone call, just reply yes and I’ll email you with details.

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