Google Drive Goes Live With 5GB Of Free Cloud Storage

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ApathyCurve

I guess you have to know the secret Google high-sign or something, as it won't gimme my five gigs yet.

Bad editor! Bad! No beer for you tonight! =oP

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Brad Chacos

...Nevermind

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Cy-Kill

Well, I've got gDrive now, but the funny thing is, there are 1 or 2 documents that may say "me" on the far right beside the date, but opening the documents shows stuff that's not by me. For example, there's a document with addresses of libraries, etc. in Ontario, I for one wouldn't need those, as I very rarely go outside of Toronto.

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mattatooski

Does google keep a copyof your files for itself ? Or does it literally scan everything and then give you search results and advertisements based on what is in your GDrive. I am a little uneasy based on what I have read on MaxPC about the 'Sultan Of Search'.

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j_j_montez

I have 5 gmail accounts, and none of them are ready. I may use it, I already have dropbox with 8GB of free space, and skydrive with the 25GB. Wonder what their qualification is for giving it to some people now and not others.

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praetor_alpha

WTF? I thought Google was pushing the "Files are relics of the past and shouldn't be used" bandwagon. Just look at the anti-file stance on the first Chromebooks.

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CaptainFabulous

Hmm, tells me the service isn't yet ready for me.

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ftldelay

Based on what this article says, the fact that I can't open an Excel file directly within Excel is a deal-breaker for me. Opening things in a browser is somewhat convenient, but you should be able to choose how you want to open things.

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Brad Chacos

If you've opened the file in Google Docs and exported it to GDocs format, you can't open locally again -- only in-browser. (Unless you download it again as a non-GDocs file format from within GDocs itself, that is.) If you've never tried opening the spreadsheet in Docs and stashed it in GDrive as a basic .xls you should be able to open it locally in Excel.

Basically, if you never try to edit a file with Google Docs, you should be able to open it locally.

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biggiebob12345

It's not much more than a more focused version of Google Docs with 5x the space. You could store/share files with Docs too.

I haven't used Dropbox or Skydrive because I'm not really interested in having another account to manage. I'll probably use Drive because I already have a google account.

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Newedge

I use both (Dropbox and MSN Skydrive) and I will use this one. basically the way I see it, free storage is free. I do keep critical documents in all the services just for the extra backup and redundancy. As we've known before services can fold at a moments notice (megaupload). Google is also known for chucking things at the wall and see what sticks, I would imagine this sticking but you never know.

Plus with a few neat tools my effort in trying to maintain the 3 services becomes effortless. SyncToy makes file replication overly simplistic.

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Cy-Kill

Sorry, 5GB is just not worth it, when their competition gives a lot more storage space!

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Ayeohx

Worth it? But it's free...
Now if you would have said "It's not worth Google snooping through everything that I upload" I may understand. Ya can't have Google finding out your love for porn and cute kitty pictures.

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Cy-Kill

I don't look at porn, don't see the point of looking at something that I've never had [sex] and that I'm never going to get, yes I am still a dateless virgin at 35.

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praetor_alpha

@Cy-Kill +1

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kixofmyg0t

Yeah 5GB for free is TOTALLY not worth it dude. Let's stick with 2GB.

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ddimick

Dropbox gives only 2GB for free.

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