GDrive launching, finally!

GDrive launching, finally!

Summary: Well, the long awaited GDrive is finally launching. It's not a separate service like once thought though -- it's simply launching as part of Google Docs.

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Well, the long awaited GDrive is finally launching. It's not a separate service like once thought though -- it's simply launching as part of Google Docs.

Over the next few weeks, the file type restriction is being lifted on Google Docs, so you can now upload files of any type. There is currently no way to map your Google Docs as a network drive on your PC, but I'm guessing that isn't going to be far behind. If Google doesn't do it, someone will.

Instead of emailing files to yourself, which is particularly difficult with large files, you can upload to Google Docs any file up to 250 MB. You'll have 1 GB of free storage for files you don't convert into one of the Google Docs formats (i.e. Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations), and if you need more space, you can buy additional storage for $0.25 per GB per year. This makes it easy to backup more of your key files online, from large graphics and raw photos to unedited home videos taken on your smartphone. You might even be able to replace the USB drive you reserved for those files that are too big to send over email.

For files that aren't officially supported by Google Docs, there is a 1GB storage limit that you can add to if you wish. File size is currently limited to 250 MB as well.

Topics: Hardware, Google, Storage

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  • another nail in M$ coffin

    since everyone will convert to googledocs to use the GDrive, this is a big win for FOSS.
    Linux Geek
    • not really

      Ahem, what has Free/Open Source Software got to do with free online storage? Microsoft has been offering this service for several years now: check out "microsoft skydrive" - 25 gigs online storage free!
      sunava
      • Now Sunava...

        ...you know better than to try to use reality and logic against Linux Geek.

        He (she?, not really sure which) has been forcasting the demise of Microsoft for quite some time and really doesn't add much actual value to any threads so please, don't feed the troll, it doesn't get you anywhere and all it does is provide Linux Geek more reasons to spout his/her drivel.
        PollyProteus
    • How many nails are you up to there LG? Lost count .......

      somewhere around 10,000....you must be at least ten times that by now. Mighty big coffin huh LG. Maybe by next millenium you'll be right.

      MS Windows SkyDrive has given users 25 times more space and no charges like Google has for more than their tiny amount and no LOCK IN to the Google Proprietary Format.
      I can't believe you are ok with a company that uses proprietary formats to lock you in and charge you for enough space to do anything.

      Considering the Office formats have been turned loose which essentially killed ODF.

      Linux is on life support and it's almost time to pull the plug.
      xuniL_z
  • RE: GDrive launching, finally!

    Wow, that's impressive.
    And only 10 years behind iDisk...
    kenift
    • I have an iDisk

      With my mobile me account, and it is very useful.
      However you have to *pay* for it. The major thing
      about this is the fact that it's free.
      lostarchitect
      • So why not use Microsoft's SkyDrive - 25GB for free!

        Surely the title of this article should have been "GDrive launching ... with only 1GB ... laughable!"
        de-void-21165590650301806002836337787023
      • Your iDisk

        Has one other small advantage. If it is unreachable, you are able to call
        Apple for assistance. You might get the usual "we know, we are working
        on it" answer. You might get walked through a few steps to make sure
        your machine is correctly configured. You might even have to reboot.

        What you never hear: "sucks to be you, huh?"

        You probably even have at least some kind of uptime/downtime limit...
        gjsherr
  • Good...

    Just in time for my switch from iPhone to Android.
    lostarchitect
  • RE: GDrive launching, finally!

    skydrive.live.com is 25Gb of free storage.
    RonCri
    • Did tyou really think Garett was going to point that out?

      it would kind of make adding a Gig of storage to Apps a bit unimportant.

      Now if they came out with 30 Gigs of storage, you can bet he would have pointed out that "MS only has 25Gigs..."

      :)
      John Zern
      • Are you suggesting ...

        ... that there's biased reporting here on ZDNet? Surely not?
        de-void-21165590650301806002836337787023
    • The problem with SkyDrive

      apart from not having the collaborative aspect that GoogleDocs offers, seems to me to be that the permissions don't work. I have tried granting individual users access to photo albums on my SkyDrive via their e-mail address, but it simply doesn't work! Even if they receive the invitation mail, they can't open the URL. Only by adding them to my network and making the album available to my network can I have some level of control over who can see them, but that's not ideal as I lose control of who can see what.

      Having said that, SkyDrive beats Picasa hands down in many ways, so will probably beat this new GoogleDocs offering too. I mean, apart from 25 GB for free, I can upload as many pictures as I want to a single album! e.g. an entire holiday's snaps.

      What about Yahoo though, with it's unlimited capacity?

      Or GSpace, that acted as a virtual drive even though it actually (behind the scenes) mailed the files to yourself.
      d.s.williams
  • RE: GDrive launching, finally!

    This is awesome news...but I still lean toward a more open/flexible service such as this one: www.datastorageunit.com
    coy13@...
  • RE: GDrive launching, finally!

    this is funny. it reminds me of when someone proudly demonstrated the "cut and paste" he could do on "my iphone!"
    lol.
    peterpulmonary
  • RE: GDrive launching, finally!

    I am quite sure that there has been a open source version
    which allows use of your mailbox for this purpose without
    restriction for quite a long time
    blackshroud
    • It's called GSpace

      available as a Firefox extension/add-on:

      "Gspace turns the 2GB of your Gmail account into free online storage. With Gspace you can manage unlimited Gmail accounts to store all type of files within its simple, user friendly interface.

      Listen your favourite stored music directly from your Gspace, view your collections of pictures and manage your Gdrive files as well."
      http://www.getgspace.com/
      d.s.williams
  • SkyDrive...

    I haven't really read too much into SkyDrive before so I
    decided to take a closer look. Apparently, there's a
    50MB file size limit... that's no good for some of my
    longer home videos.

    Also, is it possible to buy more space? Google is
    offering more for $0.25/GB/year.
    tmadge
  • RE: GDrive launching, finally!

    If you are talking of driving while under the influence of external sources, and not stopping to see the GPS or the cell, I think you have bribed the instructor for obtaining licenses or that you are not reading the news of accidents in the roads by negligence and drunk all types drivers. I love your articles and try to implement but the third day someone punctures my will and guts. I know the economics has failed us. Where is democracy or the autocracy? We are nowhere now. I also know we are the sinking species and we have from the division of labour and barter tried to lift ourselves up. CEOs demanding more bonuses and we trying to lift the banks but the banks like Northern Rock and Barclays keep on paying. Reading this takes the will out of my brain and like the fallen soldier next to where I stand, I look back at the last year and say, ?What beautiful years we had after 1930s? we are here. The 2000's in review: The conspiracy theories that just won't die. At least that's what many conspiracy theorists believe ?- that we live in a world where Michael Jackson still lives and the deadly Asian tsunami was caused by an undersea nuclear test. Depending on your political point of view former President George W. Bush rigged the 2000 election (and possibly the 2004 one, too) or his successor, Barack Obama, is a Muslim, likely in cahoots with terrorists. But it may not matter in another two years, because the government may be hiding the fact that the world is going to come to an end, just like in the movie "2012."
    I thank you
    Firozali A Mulla DBA
    famulla
  • Cloud drive

    I've used the (free) Gladinet application very
    successfully, which makes GDocs (or SkyDrive)
    appear as a network folder. There doesn't seem to
    be a file type or size limit there, either.

    It sounds as though the difference for GDocs will
    be that unsupported file types will now be visible
    at docs.google.com.
    proscriptus