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Google Drive joins the cloud storage fray

Google Drive is finally a reality and joins the plethora of available cloud-based storage services.

Google announced that it's long anticipated cloud-based storage service called Google Drive is available as of April 24, 2012. However, you may have to wait another few days before it shows up in your Google Apps. (I'm still waiting for my Google Drive as I write this.)

Store it

Everyone gets 5GB of free Google Drive storage just for having a Google Apps account, but additional storage is going to cost you. For $2.49/month you can get 25GB and for $4.99/month you can get 100GB.

To see if Google Drive is available for your account yet, go to the Google Drive website and look for the message in the right-hand margin.

To upgrade your storage, open Google Docs and navigate to the Settings page using the gear button in the upper right corner. Under the storage category you will see a link, "Upgrade Storage." Click that link and you will see your current storage settings and see the available storage options.

The video on the Google Drive page does a good job of summarizing what Google envisions for Google Drive.

About

Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

9 comments
danbi
danbi

In 2012 most people have good network connectivity to their home or office already. This is always-on, high-bandwidth. It is trivial to provide your own 'cloud storage'. Without limits, without monthly fees and without worries that someone else has your data. It escapes me, why one would want to store files at someone else's servers. Especially, when you have no clue who that party is and especially with parties like Google, who are known to want your files, email, browsing history, everything so that they can sell it. Please, someone explain to me why any sane person would do such things?

residence
residence

Well, when using almost all the free benefits of Box, Dropbox, SkyDrive, SugarSync (to name a few), comes the real problem and gives you the utmost headache: On [b]which Cloud[/b] did I put that specific [b][i]Abc.doc[/i][/b] I've written, and on which Cloud have I parked the photos of my previous car? Well, one good solution for that matter: download and install on your PC and/or Tablet the nice and innovative [b]ZeroPC Cloud Navigator[/b] (latest ver. 1.1.1). Once you're done, just ask the Navigator to locate that certain file (or directory of files) and let it run through all the Clouds you are using (aa a registered user thereof). In no time you'll be redirected to the appropriate Cloud where your file rests peacefully and awaits your wakeup call... Just clean as a whistle. That's what I call "Clouded" and "Clouding". Give it a try, folks, even if you use only two free/paid "Clouders"!

neiltre
neiltre

Google's ToS: "When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. " As their single ToS covers all products it will include this, so, no Google, you cannot haz my cheezeburgers (or files). I'll stick to dropbox and flash drives.

toadforce
toadforce

How about an article comparing all of them? I use Dropbox and it's great for the purposes of a small collaboration project. But the number of similar offerings leave you constantly chekcing which one has the features you most need, how much storage and what hey do for business users.

Gisabun
Gisabun

In the mean time, SkyDrive offers 7GB free and those who have been there for a while can get 25GB for free [for a limited time]. As long as there are no outrages, I'm fine.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Will you use Google Drive or are you happy with other cloud storage services?

jred
jred

Hey, 5gb of free online backup.

Matthew G. Davidson
Matthew G. Davidson

ZeroPC Cloud Navigator looks good, but it will not load on my Droid3 running Android 2.3.4. It requires version 3+. Too bad, but there are other good services available. Sandisk Memory Zone is a great service that works with Android 2.2+ and it has a better rating as well. You can find it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sandisk.mz Also, Otixo is a free service for Windows and other OSes that allows you to group all of your cloud services together. Check it out: https://app.otixo.com

Independent Voter
Independent Voter

Not only are your documents stored unencrypted, Google actively claims rights to "publicly display" them. Would they ever do that? Well, probably not. But if that's the case, the TOS should say so! As danbi says, why would any sane person give Google their documents along with a "world-wide license" for Google to essentially do whatever it wants with them? Compare that with other services' TOS which specifically renounce claims on your files.