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.