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Windows 7: Data Storage via Google

07 Nov 2013   #1

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Data Storage via Google

I have several g-accounts. They are the only free site, that I am aware of, that provide 15 GB free data storage. I only use it for this (non-confidential data, e.g mp3, jpg, etc.). Much cheaper than a portable flash drive, yes? Thoughts/opinions/sage advice welcome.

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07 Nov 2013   #2

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How long have you been using it? How do you like it? I just got a Laptop so with WiFi being available I'm considering storing some stuff online myself.

Edit: the other thing I wonder is can you have subfolders in the Drive folder? Or is it all just a mishmash of files? And is it totally free?
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07 Nov 2013   #3

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I've been using it since it was Google Docs and I have had no problems with it. The 15GB is shared between Google Drive, Gmail and Google+.
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07 Nov 2013   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
I've been using it since it was Google Docs and I have had no problems with it. The 15GB is shared between Google Drive, Gmail and Google+.
Is it way simple? I just learned the hard way I need to keep some stuff online rather than trying to copy stuff to a USB under pressure.
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07 Nov 2013   #5

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It's very easy. just download the App and install it. Start Googledrivesync and it will take you through the setup. It creates a folder in your user profile and will sync everything in that.
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07 Nov 2013   #6

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Cool. I set it up and it seems intuitive.
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07 Nov 2013   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Whoah, you guys are on top of this. I discovered this by accident when I tried to attach a file over the 25 MB limit and it asked me if I wanted to store it on the cloud. Since then I have been emailing myself and attaching files. So, this app thing is an easier way?
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07 Nov 2013   #8

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Free online storage of any kind tends to be ephemeral and is risky at best. Many people have lost files because free online storage sites went belly up with little or no warning. Using multiple sites storing duplicate data will help to mitigate the risk.

Besides Google being snoopy (encrypting your data will eliminate that danger), it is notorious for discontinuing services. Considering that Google is probably not making much, if any, money giving away free storage, I would not trust Google to store my data.
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07 Nov 2013   #9
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Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I store my music and pictures on CD's and/or DVD's ... Much easier for me. I do it the 'old fashioned' way
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07 Nov 2013   #10

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I keep all my data on my desktop computer but I also keep backups on two local HDDs, a HDD kept in a safe deposit box at my credit union, and backed up online using Carbonite (a paid backup service, much safer than free storage options).
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