Tool of the Week: Google Drive?!

I was taking a mid-day break reading the internets when I saw this post:

Needless to say, being the google fanboy that I am, I was stoked.

Note: The file name here was "HPIM3746.jpg," so it was image recognition that told google this picture was in sydney

I've installed it on my computer, and Google Drive seems to function just like Dropbox.  My preliminary impression is that the upload to google drive is super fast,  and works every bit as good as dropbox for syncing files.  One of the coolest features of google drive is what google does best: Search. After uploading a bunch of photos to drive, I did a search for something like "Sydney" and it returned a picture I took of the Bay bridge with the title.  A search for "Brisbane" also successfully returned photos of the Brisbane skyline I took, and google even can recognize the "flatirons!"

Sharing files doesn't seem as easy on google drive as it was on dropbox. When I right click a file there's no option to share it, and the only way I can figure to share something is through the web interface, which isn't nearly as smooth as it was on dropbox.

I wish this feature was on google drive

You have the option to sync google docs, which don't take up any space on your google drive.  This is a cool way to keep tabs of your google docs (and access them offline when you're traveling), however, if your google docs looks anything like mine, its super unorganized and full of a lot of stuff you don't want. Having it all in your google drive is annoying becasue there's no way to preview them on mac to easily sort through them. I have to open each one individually, see what it is, and decide if i want to keep or delete it.

I'd love to be able to preview my google docs like i could any other file type. It's important to note that google drive does support all file types, so you can preview stuff with extensions your computer understands 🙂

The cool thing is Google drive is 4x cheeper than dropbox, for an almost identical service. That's something I can get stoked about, since i'm constantly pushing the limit of my dropbox allowance.


One thing I'll be really excited to see is integration between google drive and picasa, as well as google drive and google music.  Full seamless integration between these services could really knock google drive out of the ballpark, although we all know that Google is notoriously slow to integrate their products.

Update: I now use Google Drive, Dropbox, and Amazon Glacier to back up my files, each for a different purpose.  I still love Dropbox as my favorite syncing/sharing service, but I use google drive with my work account for sharing files within our network, and Amazon Glacier as a super cheap, emergency only,  Fire-safe backup for photos and other stuff.

  • Andy

    Waiting for it to be activated on my account. Looking forward to testing it out and hearing your thoughts.

    Someone needs to create a file system that harnesses all the free cloud services (DB, Box, Sugar, now Google) and creates a transparent interface of a drive that's triple digits GBs.

    Also, do you use any cloud backup (as opposed to just sync) services?

    • mrsoltys

      I use time machine for my backups. I have a 2 TB drive at home actively syncing and an identical drive at the office in my desk drawer. Once a month, I swap the drives so if there was a huge catastrophe, worst case scenario is I loose a month of stuff. For extra redundancy, stuff on dropbox (and i guess now google drive) is also backed up on time machine.

      For a while I was using Mozy, but i was really disappointed with them. I would not recommend their service.

      See some updated comments in my blog with additional thoughts on Google Drive. I'm assuming you've got it installed by now? What do you think?

      • Andy

        Alright, just got it installed, I have to confess my initial reaction is annoyance at not being able to relocate or rename the folder (I hate capital letters). Will let you know as I use it more.

        Have you had any concerns about their TOS that have been floating around?

        • mrsoltys

          No, because it is the same as Dropbox's TOS used to be when they first got off the ground.

          I've had no trouble relocating or renaming folders? Are you doing it through the web interface or on your computer's OS?

          Did you see my update about image recognition? I think that's an awesome feature.

  • Andy

    No! The drive page says its still preparing the account and I'll receive an email when ready.

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  • Andy

    Forgot to ask, how the heck did you do 27 GB in referrals? I thought 16 was cap?

    • mrsoltys

      The cap is 32 GB for paid accounts (You get 1 GB free with each referral, vs 500 MB for a free account)