Using a cloud storage service has advantages, especially for those who normally move from one place to another with work or class files and thus avoid having to constantly upload them to flash drives or external hard drives. Also for those who want to keep a backup copy of their information since they can host it online and thus forget about running the risk of losing the storage unit or that it fails.
Google’s is, along with Microsoft’s OneDrive, Dropbox and Apple’s iCloud, one of the most popular and most used services. We talk about Google Drive, which thanks to the fact that it works with a Google user account (the same one that gives access to Gmail, Google+ or any other service of the search engine’s company) is the storage system preferred by millions of users worldwide.
In addition, we are talking about a multiplatform service so even if you download this version for Windows PC, you will be able to use its functions on other devices because there is a version for Mac and also apps for iPhone and Android.
How does Google Drive work?
To use this online storage service, all you have to do is download the application client to your computer. Once you download it you can configure it to assign the folder or folders on your PC that you want to be associated with the application. That means that every time you put any file in that folder, and as long as you have a network connection, it will be synchronized with your folder in the cloud. From that moment you will be able to access from another device through the GDrive app or by accessing through the web and you will have it accessible.
Is it better than Dropbox? Is it better than OneDrive? Better than Box? Actually all of them are similar, what happens is that in depending on which applications, email or even devices we may be interested in using one or the other. For example, OneDrive integration with Microsoft Office is a great advantage over Google Drive if we are users of this office suite:
- Store your files in the cloud. Upload all your files to your online space and access them from any place and device.
- Share the content with other users: share the link publicly or for specific users.
- Work as a team: access Google Docs and edit documents collaboratively, create spreadsheets or presentations.
- 15 GB of free initial storage.
- Synchronize multimedia content with Google+.
- History of changes.
- Open up to 30 different file formats.
How much storage space does Google Drive offer?
This service counts with three different plans, one of them being free and the other two paid. They offer an online hard drive of different capacities depending on their prices:
- Free drive: 15 GB of space. It is the one that all Google users have by default. All you have to do is log in with your email account.
- Drive de 100 GB: For € 1.99 or € 19.99 for the whole year you can opt for 100 GB of space.
- 1 TB drive: 1,000 GB for those who need to have a lot of space online. It is especially suitable for professionals or companies. Its price is € 9.99 per month or € 99.99 per year in a single annual payment.
In any case, it has an option of unlimited space and that is reserved for teachers and students who can certify that they are, of course. It is part of their Google Apps for Education service.
What’s new in the latest version
- Performance has been improved and bugs fixed.