Google Drive

Tool for putting files you need to protect into the cloud for long-term storage

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Google Drive
Google Drive 1.15.6464.0228

Google Drive brings file management and cloud storage to the masses. Anyone and everyone with a Google account can maintain a Drive account as well. Fortunately, Drive syncs across multiple devices and is accessible at all times. Users can store all of their files in one place, whether we're talking about documents, photos, or videos. Millions of people use Google Drive today for their storage needs. With that in mind, it's one of the better cloud storage solutions available at the moment.

Google Drive: Simple, Straightforward, Effective

To the average user, Drive works because it's simple and straightforward. An individual will understand right away how the platform works. They'll download the program, and then drag and drop files into cloud storage. Virtually all file types are supported, and managing individual or grouped files couldn't be easier. Plus, all users are given 15GB of free storage to start out with, while subscription plans are available, too.

Drive comes with certain benefits worth thinking about. For instance, files created in Google's own office suite (Sheets, Docs, etc.) don't count toward storage limits. Most high-quality photos from Google Photos won't count, either. Google often offers a security checkup each year for Google accounts, which grants an additional 2GB of permanent storage. Small perks like these make the platform even more enticing.

Google 's cloud storage platform syncs across devices as well. Since most people are signed into multiple devices, this feature is incredibly useful. Storing files from one device and accessing them from others couldn't be more seamless. On top of that, users can set their preferences on which files are synced and which devices are synced. Such functionality keeps things effortless for users every step of the way.

Drive Comes With Certain Downsides

While simplicity is key with Google Drive, that very same feature is also a weakness. Other cloud storage platforms might offer more functionality and higher customizability while coming with more of a learning curve. Also, Drive's subscription plans aren't always cheaper than the competition, and they don't always provide more storage. Google Drive is designed for the masses, sure, but users with unique usage cases might be disappointed.

Is Drive Worth Downloading and Using?

The average user will love everything Google Drive offers. Without a doubt, this particular platform is designed for the masses. Niche users will want to look elsewhere, but a majority of people with Google accounts will find Drive quite useful. Drive isn't the best cloud storage solution on the market. However, few programs and platforms manage to stack up against Google in appealing to the overwhelming majority of users on the Web today.


  • Seamless connection with a user's Google account across devices.
  • Cloud storage simplified and amplified for consumers.
  • More storage available through monthly and annual subscriptions.


  • Non-Google users may not like the Drive setup.
  • Drive is powerful but somewhat simplified for the masses.
  • Extra storage options are more expensive than competing platforms.

Google Drive is an arm of Google that provides storage for documents for Google customers. You get a Google Drive account when you sign up for any Google service, and the Drive can be used to store your most sensitive documents for easy retrieval. This is essentially a cloud service that operates outside your computer. You may not trust flash drives, your hard drive or backup systems. We know that Google is going to around for a while, and that makes it safe to download items on Google Drive.

The Benefits

  • Google Drive can serve as your personal backup for every item that you have created. You can put any kind of electronic document you want in Google Drive. This allows you to retrieve it easily when you have a desktop client that allows you to move files in and out easily.
  • You can do your own backup with the client open on your screen. You can open your hard drive and drag items from your hard drive into your Google Drive.
  • Google Drive is attached to your Google account, and you can find it easily when you visit Google online.
  • In addition, you can avoid using your web browser and access the items on your desktop without ever opening the browser.
  • The size limit on your Google Drive is so large that you may never even come close to reaching it.

The Drawbacks

  • Google Drive requires an active Internet connection if you want to use it. You cannot retrieve files if you are not connected, and you cannot drag files into your Google Drive without a connection. If you are working in a place where there is no signal, you are stuck.
  • Google Drive does have a storage limit that some people may hit. If you are concerned about hitting the storage limit, you need to make sure you have another account to store your extra items.
  • The program will run in the background on your computer. This can drain your battery much faster than normal. You must close the program when you are not using it.

Google Drive is a wonderful alternative to traditional backup systems. You know that Google is going to take good care of your files, and you can access those files from the client on your desktop. However, the program can drain the battery on your computer. Also, you need to have a reliable Internet connection if you want to make use of the program. This program is useful for some people, but you may find it burdensome in certain situations.

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