Google Drive Goes Live

After signing up earlier in the week for notifications, my Google Drive account went live today and the first impressions are good 🙂 Below is the home screen when you first login, initially the free allowance is an acceptable 5Gb by comparison Microsofts SkyDrive has just been reduced from 25Gb to 7Gb so it’s competitive.

Google Drive Web Interface
Google Drive Web Interface

 

Inside the home screen you can upload files and folders or create any Google Docs files, any existing Google Docs you have will appear in here already. You can view the docs in either list or thumbnail format, sort by the usual criteria create folders etc. The other option you have is to Download Google Drive for PC, on clicking you get the usual terms acceptance shown below before the program pdownloads and prompts for your Google ID before installing.

Google Drive Client Download
Google Drive Client Download

 

Once downloaded the very simple installation begins:

Google Drive Windows Installer
Google Drive Windows Installer
Google Drive Windows Installer 2
Google Drive Windows Installer 2

On the second step you can either accept default settings and start the sync or carry out and advanced setup, shown below.

Google Drive Windows Installer Advanced
Google Drive Windows Installer Advanced

Once installed Google Drive appears as another library and the files begin syncing immediately.

Google Drive Folder in Windows Explorer
Google Drive Folder in Windows Explorer

First impressions are very good, the integration is very smooth between web and desktop it has the “It just works” feel about it that Microsoft’s Mesh did when it was first released a few years back. If you have a google account already why wouldn’t you use it, usb sticks are great but can be lost and 5Gb is ample to hold those essential files you can’t do without.

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