Google Drive – cloud file storage

Google Drive cloud storage allows users to store files on their own storage space and access files online, from your computer or mobile device. Google Drive has replaced Google Docs, which is included with the storage, as an online application.

At the end of April 2012, Google officially launched Google Drive cloud storage for storing user files on the Internet. Storage usage is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Chrome OS, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

The first 15 GB of Drive space is free. This size is the addition of Google Drive storage (5 GB) and Gmail (10 GB), which now use the total storage space. For increasing disk space in Google Drive, you will have to pay according to the tariffs.

After you change a file online, the file is updated on every computer where you have Google Drive installed: on your PC or on your mobile device. The files will be synchronized, and your data will always be available to you from anywhere, from any device.

To start using the Google Drive cloud service, you will need to create an email account in Google Mail. After you have set up an email account, or you already have one, you need to enter your mailbox.

After entering the email, on the top panel, among Google services, you will see a new service – Disk. To enter the cloud storage, click on the “Disk” menu item.

Installing Google Drive

For more convenient use of Google Drive, you can install a special application on your computer – the Google Drive client program.

Sign in to the cloud storage, and then follow the link where you will be prompted to “Install Google Drive” for a personal computer (Google’s Startup and Sync application).

The program installer is being downloaded. Then run the installer, it will download and install Google Drive on your computer. In the window that appears, enter your email details in Gmail for authorization.

There are two more steps to be taken. In the following windows, successively click on the “Next” button, and then click on the “Finish” button.

You can enter the vault through the web interface from e-mail, or by logging into the Google search engine under your account. From a computer, you can get to Google Drive from the program shortcut or through the Explorer window.

After installing the application, the Google Drive folder appeared in Explorer, the program icon in the Notification Panel (tray), and the program shortcut on the Desktop also appeared.

Using Google Drive

When synchronization is enabled, the files are simultaneously in the “cloud” and on your computer.

Files in the vault can simply be dragged with the mouse or moved in the standard way (copy or cut). In this image, you can see that I have already dragged the file folder there.

You can delete files from cloud storage through the web interface, or using an application installed on your computer.

Please note that deleted files are not immediately deleted from the Disk, they first go to the Trash, where they take up a useful amount of disk space. To completely delete a file from disk storage, you will need to empty the Recycle Bin.

Documents hosted in Google Drive can be shared with other users and collaborated on them simultaneously from different locations.

When you click on the icon in the Notification Panel, the program settings appear in the context menu. The service supports file search, recognizes images and scanned text.

Article Conclusions

Google Drive cloud storage is used to store files on the Internet and allows you to use data and work with documents stored on Drive from different places at the same time.

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