Google Drive

#1
I'm a big fan of both dropbox and Google docs, etc so have been getting very excited about trying about Google Drive. Imagine my excitement when I got an email this morning telling me that it was ready for my account. On clicking the link I ended up with a 'Your drive is not ready' message ..... ARRSE

Anyone else had any more joy?
 

Guns

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#2
Got mine and it is land of milk and honey....

Seriously. It is only 2GB free which is fine for my documents and other admin stuff but for photos and music pish. That said I am using it as a backup of my dropbox account.

Not that I am paranoid about loosing data but I have Time Machine for local backup, Dropbox as my online backup and working folder for "Documents" etc (syncs nicely locally with my machine) and now Google Drive to occasionally backup that data.

I have got 3.5GB on dropbox due to referrals.

I would recommend this to anyone who already has Google account, its free so why not, but I still think relying on one "cloud" service is stupid. Use as many of the free services as you can for extra re-assurance.

Also I use iCloud and I know people don't like Apple etc but it works very well for me, specially the Photo Stream.
 

Guns

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#5
Seems I too have 5GBs as well, just checked, winner. Cheers for that.

Will now have to re-asses if I use Google Drive as my main documents folder or stick with Dropbox.

Have just checked out the cost of increasing to 25GB at around £20ish a year. That might be an option for full online backup as well as Time Machine.
 
#6
Seems I too have 5GBs as well, just checked, winner. Cheers for that.

Will now have to re-asses if I use Google Drive as my main documents folder or stick with Dropbox.

Have just checked out the cost of increasing to 25GB at around £20ish a year. That might be an option for full online backup as well as Time Machine.
Tchah, you youngsters...

Actually, it's lucky I checked before posting this. MS Skydrive is fee and had 25 GB of free storage, this has now been revised down to 7 GB unless you're a previous user(preen) when a button click ensures the 25GB remains as free.
Note that £6.00 pa adds 20GB of storage to your free drive.

This has been a PSA.

That is all.
 
#7
In an exciting update whatever caused the glitch has cleared and I'm now in! Looking good already although I'd be very worried if I was Dropbox ......
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#11
I know quite a lot about Google, and I find them to be dodgy as **** with regards to what they do with the information that they "mine." I certainly won't be using Google Drive.
Agreed, they do seem keen to build a complete Internet profile of their users, only beneficial to those trying to target their merchandising.

Shiny
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#12
Agreed, they do seem keen to build a complete Internet profile of their users, only beneficial to those trying to target their merchandising.

Shiny
However, I have managed to get my hands on a very gucci in-house suite of tools that are used for various things :)

Who needs wireless hotspots!
 
#13
I have never used my Skydrive but I have had a Hotmail account for some years. Just clicked on Skydrive and was offered the free upgrade to 25GB.
I never thought I would hear myself say this but I would rather trust Microsoft with my information than Google.
 
#14
OK, so I got the email telling me mine is ready, but it doesn't actually seem to do anything! Just the same Google Docs as before, but with a different URL.
 
#18
Disaster!


Came into the office this morning, opened my laptop - and discovered that Google Drive had deleted all of my local files.

Its now apparently trying to rebuild everything from scratch but, as I am in a region with dial-up speed internet - it'll be days before my data is back again. Already i can see that many critical files are missing from the new folders. In the meantime, my documents on GD web have to be downloaded one by one in order to extract them from Google's appalling web-docs system.

As a precaution to prevent my damaged shared folders being synched, we've disconnected all of my team from GD. Now we're back to manual file sharing and USB sticks.

Ironically, a week or so ago we decided to give GD commercial a try for backing up our servers. Luckily we hadn't set it up, so we'll instead go out an buy a tape drive and forget the shitty unreliable cloud.

Unbelievable that GD can carry out completely un-commanded actions like this. I see the web is full of victims of similar events. Wonder how long it is before Google suffers a class-action claim?
 

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