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Google Drive (formerly Drive File Stream) is a free backup and synchronization tool, that will help you to back up all your hard-drive content to Google’s cloud service – Google Drive. Once you sign up for a Google account, you can start using Google’s file sharing service and create virtual cloud storage for your important files (family photos, business documents, etc.). You don’t have to be worry in case your hard-drive will be damaged or if a virus attack suddenly happened, you can easily restore everything from the cloud.

After backuping your files on the cloud, you can access them from any device easily, anywhere you are. Furthermore, this tool will sync everything automatically across multiple devices, so even if you update your files, they will be kept safe online at the most up-to-date version, keeping you worry free.

What is Google Drive cloud service?

Google Drive is Google’s alternative to other file storage and syncing services on the web, such as Dropbox, or OneDrive.

What’s the difference between Google Drive and Google Backup and Sync?

Google Drive is a unified solution that combines the best and most-used features of Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync. Since October 2021, Google Backup and Sync will prompt you to move to the powerful and unified sync client Google Drive for desktop application. More info can be found here: Moving from Backup and Sync to Google Drive for desktop, Backup and Sync users should begin transitioning to Drive for desktop.

As the replacement of the old “Drive File Stream”, Google Drive for desktop allows you to stream your Google Drive files directly to your computer (Windows or Mac), freeing your hard-drive space. Moreover, its offers some other features that are not available in Backup and Sync, for example, use files in shared drives, sync only individual files in “My Drive” for offline use, access multiple accounts at the same time, see who’s editing with real-time presence in Microsoft Office, and integration with Microsoft Outlook.

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Key Features:

  • Store your files safe on the cloud
  • Share folders with your friends
  • Sync your content automatically
  • GB of free cloud storage
  • Free up space on your hard-drive

Last Update: May 17, 2024

Current Version:

License: Freeware

Languages: Multiple Languages

Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 7 SP1 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 / Server 2012 / Server 2016 / Server 2019 (32-Bit, 64-Bit)
Mac OS X 10.11 or later

Developer: Google, Inc.


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