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Usually when Google rolls something new out, I have to be talked into trying it.  I’m somewhere in between an early adopter and a laggard. By the time I try something, I want the beta bugs to be worked out, but I don’t want to be the last (or the oldest, for that matter) member of my team to try it.

I started seeing the buzz about Google Drive this morning and immediately ignored it because I thought it related to Google’s driverless car. Which I must admit is pretty cool, but since I’m not in the market for a new car, and Google isn’t in the market of actually selling George Jetson-esqe cars, I didn’t pay much attention.

But then one of my favorite All Things D tech writers, Liz Gannes, posted an article on Google+: Meet Google Drive: Specs and Screen Shots, and I immediately thought – I don’t want this, I NEED this.

Three months ago I dropped my external hard drive on a tile floor, resulting in a string of obscenities, followed by uncontrollable sobbing, then the very sad realization that 5 years of photos were not worth the $1,500 that manufacturer so kindly offered to take from me to “possibly” recover my data. I also realized that a backup hard drive is not actually a “backup” hard drive if it’s the only place where your data is stored.

So all it took was for me to read these words “5 gigabytes of free storage” and I was immediately clicking the big blue “Download Google Drive for PC” button. Then I started reading more about what it was all about. Here are some highlights:

  • Each Google Drive includes 5 gigabytes of free storage, you can pay for up to 16 terabytes.
  • Google Drive creates a folder on your Mac, PC or Android phone, you put your files in the folder, it automatically syncs.
  • Share your files from any device.
  • Search document files by keyword  and search scanned text on images, or even find images based on descriptions.

Cons? It’s Google, it’s free – yes there are cons.

  • If you’re using Google Docs, Google Drive will replace your Docs tab, and move things around.
  • Although Google’s terms state that you retain ownership of your content, it also states that:

When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.

That’s a pretty big con.

I know there are plenty of other cloud storage services out there (Dropbox, iCloud, SkyDrive to name a few). But the integration with Google Docs appeals to me, as does the idea of not having to signup with yet another service.  At least I’ll know the few photos I have remaining that weren’t on my paperweight/defunct external hard drive will now be backed up. I’ll just have to cross my fingers that Google doesn’t have tile floors in its server farms.

Learn more at Google Drive.

Google Drive

Katy  (8 Posts)

As Director of Client Services, I guide the account management team members growth and development, enabling them to create a high-quality experience for all SiteLab clients. In my spare time I run marathons, and take pictures, but not usually at the same time. Find me on Google Plus.


One Response to “Google’s New Cloud Service Product Launches:
Google Drive”

  1. Matt Says:

    Found some more info about the whole rights dilemma on CNET (Google potentially owning your files if you upload them to Google drive): http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57420402-93/the-google-drive-faq/?tag=mncol;txt

    Apparently, you still own what you upload and Google cannot use it for itself without your permission. HOWEVER, it can use what it finds to serve YOU better. Still not clear about case where serving Me is the same as serving Google…

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