Google Drive | Overview and Install Guide
What is Google Drive?
By now you've all most likely heard the term "cloud storage" and many of you have already been using it in some form or another. Well Google just released its cloud storage service "Google Drive", which lets you store files online and access them from your computer, smart phone or tablet regardless of your physical location.
It's actually very easy to install and use. You can create the files and folders (called collections with GDrive) online and upload files by simply dragging and dropping them into a window. You can even search through your files using a top bar. This is all good stuff, but here's the real benefit - once you install the Application (I'll explain the steps a little later), a new folder will be added to your desktop called "Google Drive". This folder connects to all your files online and synchronizes with your local files. This way any changes you make either in your desktop folder or online are made on both ends - Convenience at its best!
Google Drive Works on Many Devices!
One of the main reasons this new cloud storage solution will most likely be a huge success is its universal product support - you can access the same files with Windows, Mac, Mobile phones, Tablets etc. This removes the need to have different copies of your files and simplifies the use and sharing of your files among different devices. Many file types are supported including videos, photos, PDF files and even all the Google Docs files.
Google Drive for Mobile Users?
An app is available for the mobile user of Android OS and will soon be available for the iOS. It works much the same for a smart phone as it does for a computer. Once you install Google Drive, a new folder is created and synchronizes its files with a mirror stored online. You can share files from the folder to any of your contacts, with family members in your home, make changes to documents in Google Docs, upload files from your phone to the cloud storage and more! Can you see how useful this is going to be?
Is it Free?
The free option comes with 5GB of storage, which is actually quite a lot considering most of the files we want accessible outside our homes are not that large. If you want more you can pay for 25GB, 100GB, or 1TB. The pricing is as follows:
- 5GB - FREE
- 25GB - $2.49 / month
- 100GB - $4.99 / month
- 1TB - $49.99 / month
How do I Install Google Drive?
Here's how to install and set up - in 10 simple steps!
- If you don't already have a Gmail account, get one.
- Go to drive.google.com
- Enable the service
***NOTE*** You may get a message that states "Your Google Drive is not ready yet". It's ok! It just means that Google is slowly rolling out its new cloud storage service to users of Gmail and Google Documents and it may take a little while to get to you. Just click "Notify me" and you'll get an email when it's ready. The you can carry on with the steps. It's brand new and everyone wants it!
- If your account is ready, you should get a popup notification that asks if you wish to try the service. Click the blue “Try Google Drive”.
- Choose to download for PC or Mac.
- The next page gives you information about the service. Click once more on the "Download Google Drive" button link to download the application.
- Install the downloaded application (You may have to sign in to your Google account again)
- A "Getting Started Guide" will appear once installed. This will walk you through using the application (pretty easy right?)
- Google creates a Folder on your Desktop (Windows) or Home Folder & Finder sidebar (Mac). This is the folder where your files will be synced. Any files you already have in Google Docs will automatically sync after you complete the walkthrough.
- Open up your Google Drive Folder and start sharing your files!
Enjoy Google Drive!
Once you obtain and install the service, you can access your files from pretty much anywhere. You can install it on all your devices and share files with your friends. There are more features to discover as you use Google Drive, and quite possibly more to be added - this is the way of technology. I wanted to keep this hub simple and to the point because at this stage I'm guessing you just want to get out there and start using Google's cloud storage!
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