Many of you have been storing data through Google Drive but have never taken time to query the technology and its effectiveness. This is not the option that is only ideal when you only want to store photos, but it comes as a perfect way to also save your sensitive data and media. However, many people are worried they might no longer have access to their favorite backup option as Google mentioned Google Drive is being terminated in 2018. This is nothing to worry about as the termination is not essentially an abandonment of the service, but rather an improvement, meaning Google will replace Google Drive with a new app.
No sync, no worries
Something you should understand is that the only Google Drive apps affected are those running on Mac and Windows. In July, Google launched a backup and sync system. You might be among many users who only access Google Drive through the web and mobile phone apps and have never bothered to learn more about the desktop app. If that’s the case, you are definitely familiar with sync and how it works. But for those yet to know how this works, here is the drift.
Backup and sync explained
The Google free utility software comes as a replacement to Photos and Drive desktop apps for PCs. The app allows you to use sync to backup everything in your computer or few folders that you will select. The tool is fairly easy to use and allows automatic sync so when you add a new file, it is updated in the cloud.
Drive File Stream
The Drive File Stream is a solution Google introduced to help you access files on demand from your computer without necessarily using your hard drive space. This also means you will not be required to spend a lot of time waiting for your files to sync. Google will end support for the Google Drive application for Mac and Windows on December 11, 2017, meaning the apps will stop working by March 12, 2018, so there is still some time to allow you to migrate to Backup and Sync.
One more thing
You might be asking what will happen to the settings you had configured initially on Google Drive and whether the same will be transferred to the new platform. This is something you need not worry about as the new Google Backup and Sync will carry over all the settings you configured earlier while using Google Drive. There is no much that you need to prepare to get your files back as this is technically just like renaming the Drive app but with better functionality and a lighter interface that will allow you to have better access to your data.
The new tool is an innovative platform that takes backup technology to a whole new level. It will, just like on smartphones, be able to back up your photos as you continue to update them. All this is done automatically through a background service to ensure even if your computer crashed and you lost photos or files stored, you would still access the data later after installing the app on another machine.
Costs and space allocation
If you would like to store huge chunks of data on the platform, you will have to part with some money to get the extra space. Here is a short breakdown of the costs and space allocation for the different levels.
- First 15GB available for free
- 100GB space charged $1.99 monthly
- 1TB space charged $9.99 monthly
- 10TB space charged $99.99 monthly
- 20TB space charged $199.99 monthly
- 30TB space charged $299.99 monthly
Google Drive accepts a variety of file types. Those accepted include documents (up to 1.02 million characters), spreadsheets (up to 2 million cells), presentations (up to 100 MB when converted to Google Slides), and other file types (videos, audio, Microsoft files, PDF, TTF, Markup/Code, Photoshop, Auto e.t.c.., up to 5TB).