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Google Drive Released Today

Google Drive

Today, Google officially released Google Drive.  Google drive is a file-sync/online backup solution from Google.  It’s completely free and includes 5 GB of storage right out of the box.  Additional storage can be purchased, if needed.

Thus far, Google Drive installed and synced very quickly.  Google Drive functions much like Dropbox, in that only a specific folder on your computer will be synced by Google Drive.  This means, you have to put your important files or files you want to have access to from multiple computers, within one specific folder.  While this keeps Google Drive simple and straight-forward, we like the ability of programs such as SugarSync and Mozy, which let you select specific folders on your computer to include in your backup + file-sync.

Google Drive does however add Google Docs synchronization + offline functionality.  This means you can work on documents and spread sheets while you’re offline (e.g. while traveling) and your documents will sync with Google Docs as soon as your Internet connection is restored.

Google Drive would also be a great solution for consignment store owners who wish to have a redundant + off-site backup.  Just point your consignment software’s backup setting to your Google Drive folder – e.g. C:\Users\Dean\Documents\Google Drive – and your daily backups will be safely and securely backed-up to your Google account.

I've been helping consignment storeowners since 2003. I started The Computer Peeps in February of 2010. After 15 years of working with consignment stores, I understand the unique challenges consignment and resale storeowners face. From electrical issues in old building or strip malls, to advocating for them when their consignment software keeps crashing. I now manage over 400 computer systems, servers, and websites for storeowners all across North America and I am the developer/programmer of our own consignment software, so we can help storeowners even more.

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