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[Latest News] Google Drive as a Cloud strorage

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  1. saninfotech

    saninfotech Regular Member

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    How useful is Google drive as cloud storage?
    oogle has launched a cloud-based storage service called Google Drive that competes with Dropbox, Sugarsync and other cloud storage systems to offer both free and paid storage that synchronizes with PCs and Macs. When you sign-up for the service, you are invited to install software on a PC or a Mac that creates a special folder on your machine. Any files placed in that folder are automatically copied to Google's servers so that you can access them online or on any machine that's connected to your account. So, when I place a file in my Google Drive folder on my Windows PC, it's also available on my Mac or on my Google Drive web page. Files are also accessible on Google Android devices and (soon) Apple iPhones and iPads.

    Google Drive is also the new name for Google Docs — a service which, for years, has allowed people to create, edit, store and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations along with forms and drawings. Now the files that you place in your Google Drive folder on your PC or Mac are stored alongside any files you create in what used to be called Google Docs.
    What that means is that the files are accessible on devices and online. With some file types, like Microsoft Word and JPG images, you can view or edit them from the web using Google's cloud-based editing tools. But you can download any type of file to any computer that you use to access your Google Drive account so, for example, if you're visiting a friend you could grab a file from the web and access it on his or her PC or Mac.

    What are the Problems with Google Drive?


    Google Drive is here. On paper the Google cloud storage service compares favorably against rivals like Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Box. However, there's one aspect of Google Drive that could force many users to shun Google in favor of the alternatives.
    Users can upload and store other file formats like Microsoft Word *.docx documents, or Microsoft Excel *.xlsx spreadsheets, or PDF files. If opened locally from the Google Drive folder on a Windows or Mac OS X computer, those files will open in their native applications. However, if accessed from the Google Drive website, the files are opened as read-only in an online viewer.
    In order to edit a file from the Web, the file has to be exported to-or saved as-its equivalent Google Docs file format. That process results in having two of the same file in Google Drive-the original, and the Google Docs version.
    You can tweak, edit, and otherwise modify the Google Docs version from the Web, and those changes will be saved to Google Drive in the cloud, and synced back to the Google Drive folder on the local system. This introduces two potential issues, though.
    First, the file that is synced to the local drive that has the most recent updates and edits will be in Google Docs format. Google Docs files in Google Drive are actually links that open Google Docs for editing online. If you happen to be offline, those links in the Google Drive folder would be useless.
    There are a couple of ways to work around this issue. First, you can configure your Google Docs for offline access, and you can use Google Chrome browser extensions to enable you to edit Google Docs files offline. Another solution would be to save the file back to its original format after editing it online so that it will open locally in its native application as mentioned above.
    That brings us to the other potential issue-file fidelity. Google has gone to great lengths to maintain formatting when converting from Microsoft Office formats to Google Docs and back again, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. For basic documents that just have text, with maybe some bold, italics, and underlining, or simple bullets, it may not be an issue. However complex documents that include things like a table of contents, footers, headers, and footnotes are likely to get mangled and require a lot of manual repair when switched back to their native format.
    Businesses and consumers that already work predominantly with Google Docs need not worry. It will just be business as usual. But, those who rely on Microsoft Office may think twice about using Google Drive due to the need to convert to Google Docs formats to edit online.
    Ultimately, cloud services from Google, Microsoft, and Apple tend to be more proprietary, and make the most sense for users that already work in a Google, Microsoft, or Apple-centric environment. For broader cross-platform integration, the more independent offerings like Box, Dropbox, and SugarSync may be the better choice.

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    San
     
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  2. garrido

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    I have it and works like a charm.
     
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  3. saninfotech

    saninfotech Regular Member

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    good ! always faith in google............ cheers:)
     
  4. shivaniupd

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    nice information thanks saninfotech.... cheers:)
     
  5. popcrdom29

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    I use it too and like it but I only store nonessential files on it. You know how Google likes to spy on people.
    I wouldn't put it past them if they sniff uploaded documents.