Google Drive – Test Drive

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icon-Google-DriveI received an e-mail from the Google Drive Team today letting me know that documents that I had stored in Google Docs would now be available through Google Drive.

I believe this was part of an across the board upgrade from the Google Docs service and not a part of Google Fiber, as the storage space was listed as 5 Gig and not the terabyte that will be available through Google Fiber.

Still, I was anxious to try it out. In my current setup, I have a home network with at least three PCS online at any one time, and one MacBook Pro. The PCs are all older and run a version of Windows XP and the MacBook Pro runs OSX 10.58.

For daily use, I use the Mac most of the time, and one of the first things that I found kind of disappointing while setting up Google Drive was that I was unable to download Google Drive to my Mac, because Google Drive requires at least OSX 10.6 or later.

What was dissapointing was not that Google required OSX 10.6, but that I learned that you cannot download and install Snow Leopard from the Mac Store, and, apparently, you can’t upgrade directly to Lion from OSX 10.58.

From what I can tell so far, it looks like you have to buy a full version of Snow Leopard and then upgrade to Lion. This is what I found after a quick Internet search, so I am not 100% sure about that, so I will continue to research it in the future. I just started using the Mac in 2009, and it came with OSX 10.5 installed.

So, for now, it looks like I will just have to use Google Drive manually with the Mac, which is ok. The good news is that I had no problem downloading Google Drive to my PCs, so all of my PCs should automatically be synced with the Google Drive.

As a test,  I used the advanced Google Drive setup on one of my PCs to change the default local Google Drive folder to a shared network folder.  I then dragged files from my Mac to the shared network folder and all seemed to work well. That is all I’m going to do with Google Drive tonight, but, so far, I can say that I like what I see.

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