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Tuesday Poll: Are You Ready to Adopt Google Drive For All of Your Cloud Storage Needs?

Let’s be honest, Google Drive is really just a rebranded Google Docs that is aiming draw in a wider variety of consumers. Its current base is mostly business users or those of us who would rather not fork out the cash required for a top tier office suite but who still need cloud access to documents and other files. As “Drive” though, it’s clear that Google wants to take in users from the “cloud storage” arena and move away from simply being a “cloud document service.” After all, their new motto for the service is “Keep everything. Share anything.” With a free 5GB of storage to get everyone started and upgrades at monthly fees to expand your Drive, are you ready to make this your one-stop shop for the cloud? Will you stick with Dropbox or will you continue to use a variety of services?

Are You Ready to Adopt Google Drive For All of Your Cloud Storage Needs?

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  • The best for me has been Sugarsync. A big comparison chart is available here: http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1080740/bigchart-7.jpeg
    Unlike dropbox or google drive, you can sync any folder and backup any folder. you can upload by email too. Sugarsync allows to sync multiple computers and can sync folders between multiple computers.
    Sugarsync gives 5gb, extra 0.5gb for using the link below, 2gb for inviting 20 friends,625mb for completing some simple steps and additional 250mb if you download and complete simple tasks on your smartphone app.Then there is the option of500mb per successful referral, 10gb if they take up a paid account.
    I got 8.375gb (5+0.5+2+0.625+0.250) within minutes. Get it by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/KbjOKH.

  • MooseCat

    I played with it a little yesterday and I’ll be keeping Dropbox around until I can download synced files from Google Drive onto my phone.  You can download synced files on a desktop through their web interface but I didn’t see anything in the mobile app that allows you to do the same.

  • Booboolala2000

    Been using google docs from the beginning so this is a no brainer for me. 5gig does seem kinda small. I upgraded to 25 gig. $30/year not bad.

  • OhAaron

    If you’re currently wait-listed, you can grab the desktop client here: 

  • Redraven

    Bought the 200 GB extra space, it was the price of 50 on dropbox and except for syncing iso’s of full games between computers, is exactly as capable

  • Alan Winslow

    gDrive is great since it synch’s files to your local devices, but the freebie limit of 5GB is small compared to Box at 50GB. Both are nice 🙂

  • PhillipCun

    i can’t go away from dropbox, i already shared many folders and im utilizing my 18gb of free storage.

    5gb? c’mon google. =P

  • I would love to integrate EVERYTHING in to Google Drive, but I need some of the features of Dropbox before doing so. Camera upload/backup, create specific folders to share, etc.  The last one might be an option but for life of me I can only see where to create and share specific items/documents and not folders.  If I’m wrong on this not being a feature a little help would be appreciated.

  • Bionic

    I usually use Google products for almost everything.  But I have already gone thru the tidius process of uploading my stuff to Amazon cloud, so why should I go thru the process yet again?  Amazon works great and I have no reason to do it all over again.

  • G_what88

    I’m sticking with Dropbox. I’ve already got some extra space from ‘uploading pics’. If anyone wants a dropbox and wants 500MB extra space, use my link: http://db.tt/zlnarde

  • I plan on symlinking portions of my Dropbox folder into this.  I really like Dropbox because I have 17 GB there, but Dropbox is a pain in the neck on my chromebook

  • Relic419

    It needs symlinking of folders to replace dropbox for me. Using them side by side for now.

  • ericsorensen

    Think I can use PowerAmp and access my music on goggle drive without having to download it? Probably not.

  • OhAaron

    I’m ready, but apparently it’s not “ready for me, yet.”  Wow… Way to “Launch” Google Drive, Google..

  • Neera

    Sticking with Dropbox/Skydrive/Minus for now although it would be nice one of these days to have my “cloud” with just one service.What bothers me is that when I am logged into my Google account in Chrome at work anybody could just go up to my PC and click drive and see all my files?!I’d rather have a separate password protected login vs. having to log out of my account or put on a password protected screensaver every time I leave my desk.

  • Justin Turley

    Is there no way to organize files into folders on Drive?  As long as I can’t create folders, I’ll stick with Dropbox.

  • Inquizitor

    I mean, I currently use over 6 gigs of my 10gb in Dropbox, so it’s impossible to completely switch. I already use Docs/Drive for all documents and school related stuff. I imagine I’ll now use it for a lot of media stuff and note taking, like my gigantic wallpaper database. However, Dropbox is still probably better for things like collaboration on programming projects and non-document-based stuff.

    If only Drive were expandable for free…

  • ckeegan

    Yes, yes I would like to be all in with Google Drive.  However, apparently “my Drive isn’t ready yet” according to Google.  This, under the same primary account I use for Google+, my Galaxy Nexus, my LTE XOOM, my Picasa account, and Google Play.

    So much for Google giving first dibs to their loyal users.

  • BigRed4X15

    I will stick with Dropbox. When I open a document in Docs To Go from Drive, it opens as a read only file. Than means any changes need to be saved as a separate file. When I use dropbox, the file opens easily in docs to go and then when I hit file->save, dropbox automatically updates the file, no extra file needed. Also the automatic upload option for camera pictures in dropbox is nice. 

  • Guy

    I’ll stick to using hard drives…

  • Sp4rxx

    How about the vote option of “I’m not ready to put my data out on the cloud yet and will still use conventional media storage” ?

    • That is exactly what I was thinking. I think the idea of having all your data on cloud is terrible. For the one advantage of being able to access it from anywhere, I guess 2 advantages if you count easier sharing, you have to deal with: The servers can go down, the servers can be hacked, your internet could be down. Privacy can be violated, the service can shut down completely, and finally depending on what medium you are comparing it to (usb3, sata, firewire, etc) transfers can be much slower. 

      • One more big disadvantage: if you are on a mobile device you have to worry about data overages. And even if you have unlimited, if you are on At&t you will get throttled if you go too crazy with cloud data.

  • Jon

    I’d rather pay on a yearly basis than to have to think about monthly payments. 

  • dsass600

    Just deleted dropbox lol

  • brando56894

    Mine isn’t ready yet 🙁 I don’t really use cloud storage that much since I have 4.5TiB on my PC and SSH set up, but it will definitely be useful once it gets integrated into everything. I imagine this will probably be natively integrated into the next version of Android.

  • Jeremy Edwards

    I’m thinking about SkyDrive honestly.

  • Alexa White

    I need to see more information about file size limits and things of that nature.  Currently, I work remotely and have over 70 GBs of data that *ideally* should be synced with the servers at my office. But IT there refuses to do anything with official Dropbox support that would allow me to dump my work files into one place locally that would keep things synced as we need.  Google Drive pricing for 100 GB seems worthwhile to me, if I am able to upload 80 MB files without issue.  Then my boss wouldn’t have to worry about any missing files from the company servers, I could share the Drive folder with everyone there and they could find whatever they need while I’m on vacation or out sick.  Presently, our only option is to FTP the files as often as possible, and with 30+ running projects updating daily, it is nearly impossible to even consider manually uploading all current files every day.

    I’d really like to see this service solve those issues for me.

    • There are no file size limits with Google Drive.

      EDIT: Hmm, it seems officially the file size limit is 10GB

  • NorCalGuy

    Sounds just as promising as Google + its got good ideas but its a day late and a dollar short…

  • Mike C

    Google has a toehold in enough of my life. Except when it comes to Android, I need less Google, not more. 

    • See, for that exact reason I’d rather have more Google. I’d much rather have one account to manage than 15 different services. Especially when that one company that I use is the one behind my most used device and (usually) syncs perfectly.


  • Until they implement an annual pricing structure for upgrades . . . no.  When I can purchase a whole year of 25 GB . . . most definitely.

  • Sean Maloney

    Existing SkyDrive members can upgrade to 25GB for free, which is what Windows 8 will use to backup your data and sync with all Windows 8 devices.  Maybe someone will make an Android app that will sync with Windows 8, like the Windows 8 phones will.

    • Too bad they are intentionally not putting it on Android.

  • Too late. Already switched. 80GB for $20/year plan got grandfathered into my Google Drive. I am HAPPY!!!!

  • I don’t actually use much in the way of cloud storage (specifically). I have no Dropbox, or Box, or any of the other services. If Google integrates this properly with services I do use, then who knows, I’ll probbaly use it a lot.

  • Can’t even try it yet….ask again in a week!


    microsoft is offering 25 gigs free on their new service. not a bad deal 

    • New? I’ve had 25GB on skydrive for years now.

    • jnt

      For what it’s worth, it ain’t new, it’s quite old as a matter of fact… they’re just poor marketers 🙂

  • Adam Siekmann

    I have Ubuntu one on Linux now but will migrate over since I am usually on windows more nowadays

  • moelsen8

    finally going to get into this fancy cloud bs.  i like that it’s a big name like google, and that my account is right there waiting for me without me having to do anything or add and manage yet another account to my ever-growing list of accounts and passwords

    now can we finally get apps and other crap like that syncing their data to the cloud, in addition to some kind of *usable* dashboard for android to control it.  restoring a phone is hit or miss with google and has been for far too long.

  • Michael_NM

    Dropbox, Box and GDrive. That’s my order of preference, and near future use.

  • No.
    1) There’s no Linux support :/
    2) I have: 50GB free with Box, 23.75GB free with Dropbox, 5GB free with Drive
    3) The new pricing structure sucks.

    • Phantom6294

      The difference in price is astounding, but done cleverly by going from yearly to monthly. It seems people can maintain their current pricing if they just keep things ‘active’. It makes me REALLY wish I had upgraded to something beyond 20GB for $5 a year. I’d happily now pay $50 a year for 200GB of storage.

  • John

    I wish sharing files was easier on Google Drive. That’s the only thing it lacks for me. 
    (direct links to images for non google users etc)

  • LiterofCola

    Will use Google Drive for photos, documents and other files.  But will still use the Amazon cloud for my music since it’s easily accessible.

  • D4niel

    I haven’t used Google Drive yet, but, honestly, all of these services kind of suck in different ways. Limits on the size of a single file, for example. Other than the occasional time when I need to move a very large quantity of data from one place to another, there seems to be better options. Even in that case, some of the limits in place make it so a solution like FTP just works better for me.

  • Stewie

    Mix and match capabilities and features … Having another alternative is always a good thing.

  • Trooper

    No. I will gladly use Skydrive and its 25GB. Thanks MS!


    Dropbox 7.2 gb free & Drive 5 gb free… i’ll be using both 🙂

  • Until there is a Linux client it’s useless to me.

  • As soon as they come out with an iOS app, I may switch, but for now, it’s a Dropbox world.

  • Tim

    Google drive as primary cloud storage, forcing ios friends w/ google service accounts to use it :evilgrin: 

    • (Click there ↑↑↑↑↑↑ and see how single mom earns from home)   

      Let’s be honest, Google Drive is really just a rebranded Google Docs that is aiming draw in a wider variety of consumers

    • (Click there ↑↑↑↑↑↑ and see how single mom earns from home) 

    • Very EVIL in deed. Look at their TOS

      Google Drive
      “When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.”

      “Except for material that we license to you, we don’t claim ownership of the content you provide on the service. Your content remains your content. We also don’t control, verify, or endorse the content that you and others make available on the service.”

      “By using our Services you provide us with information, files, and folders that you submit to Dropbox (together, “your stuff”). You retain full ownership to your stuff. We don’t claim any ownership to any of it. These Terms do not grant us any rights to your stuff or intellectual property except for the limited rights that are needed to run the Services, as explained below.”

      • Nothing like reading a TOS to really make you think about using this particular service lol. Good thing I have SkyDrive already. Wish they had an Android app though.

      • OhAaron

        Wow, that was very selective.  In that same section of the Skydrive TOS: 
        “You understand that Microsoft may need, and you hereby grant Microsoft the right, to use, modify, adapt, reproduce, distribute, and display content posted on the service solely to the extent necessary to provide the service. ” Why did you choose to omit that part? Oh wait, you’re just trying to spread FUD.  They all have TOS that say things like that. 

        • Did you not notice they say:

          “solely to the extent necessary to provide the service”

          • OhAaron

            That doesn’t change the fact that you intentionally left that part out.  You can doctor up the terms in any way you wish.  There is no way Google is going to go around publicly displaying your documents, and you know it.

          • Did you not notice Google said:

            “publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.”

          • OhAaron

            Also from Google Drive’s TOS:  “Some of our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.”  Oh wait.. you left out that part too..

          • Oh yea, you own it, but they can just copy it and display it. Or just display the original thing. SkyDrive publishes your stuff to YOU, not publicly

          • OhAaron

            In addition, how do you know that this stuff is actually referencing Google Drive?  These are the TOS that were posted several weeks ago as a blanket Google privacy policy. They more likely refer to Google Plus.

          • “Services” refers to ALL Google services. So yes it is a blanket, and includes Google Drive

          • OhAaron

            There are at least 10 blogging websites that have already touched on this, but you can continue to spread your FUD. 

          • I am not arguing against retaining ownership. Its just they say they can publicly display, and distribute your files when you upload them. They don’t say they can only do those things when you give them consent after uploading

          • OhAaron

            “The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones.”

          • That is extremely broad. As Google Services includes Google Search. And operating their search service could include posting my content as part of search results. But if when they say that you own your stuff, that means they can’t do all of those things, then that’s good. When I read it, I read it as, you own your stuff, but we can do these things with it. Not as, you own your stuff, and we can’t do these things with it unless we ask you

          • jonny6pak

            You’re really misinterpreting license grants and rights in contractual interpretation.  The license doesn’t give Google carte blanch use of your data for their own purposes.  

          • jonny6pak

            IANYL.  In terms of “publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content” you have a few items to consider.  (1) Google must have the right to publish.  They are publishing your content to their servers and making information available based on the user preferences and settings.  Absent a license to publish, they wouldn’t have the right to share your data even if you selected some option to publicly post a file or to share with other users.  (2) Likewise, “publicly display and distribute” is also required to share information to others.  I imagine users of this service will want to share information, sometimes freely without restriction to others.  (3) “Publicly perform” follows the same reasoning in (2), but for audio and video recordings.  Nothing in the license expands this license grant to transfer ownership or to use the license outside of the Google Drive system.

          • Ok, so if you’re saying that they only publicly display, publicly distribute, and modify your content when you allow them to, then that’s all good. They don’t say that though. Am I left to assume they only do those things when I allow them?

          • jonny6pak

            I’m at an advantage here since I’m an attorney who deals with this stuff all day long.  The problem here, and why you’re misinterpreting the license, is because you’re actually broadening the scope of applicability.    Your grant of license to Google to use your data is limited.  That means they can only use the data as you authorize.  So while the license gives them broad rights, it’s still limited to the Google services, and any particular settings within the product.  The license also incorporates the privacy policy, which further limits how they can use the data.  The big take away here is to look at the full doc and any outside documents it incorporates.  While one sentence my seem like it grants a broad right, the doc may later limit that right a great deal.   

          • Ok thank you for that. If that’s how it works then that’s great. I think they should add “only according to our privacy policy” somewhere in there when statements like the ones i misinterpreted are

      • jonny6pak

        IANYL.  You have to grant Google such a license given the type of service.  You’re not transferring ownership, your allowing them to use their data for your desired purpose, which may include storage, display to other users via sharing, translation if they incorporate Google Translate, etc.  The language is hardly offensive from a from a license grant perspective.  Not to mention that SkyDrive also includes a similar statement. In this case, Google simply doesn’t give a plain English statement that you’re not transferring ownership.  But since a license isn’t a transfer of ownership, it’s really not necessary.  

        • I understand they both say that. The point I don’t see is where SkyDrive says they can publish your content, and derive from it, for others to use and see

          • jonny6pak

            The attorney who drafted the SkyDrive license preferred to use “modify, adapt, reproduce” language instead of including “derivative works” terminology.  Derivative works language would be required if Google is going to provide translation services.  They could get away with using just “modify” and “adapt,” but it’s poor drafting, IMO.  A translation or the means to modify a document online is more correctly stated as a derivative work.  This doesn’t mean that Google can derive new content for their own use, just that Google has the right to create a derivative work as part of the service.  Again, the license doesn’t appear to be so broad that Google can start publishing your content outside of the service and outside of your settings.  

          • I understand what derivative works means, and it includes translating etc. However, can you explain to me how I could’ve interpreted the statement:

            publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content 

            In a way that means they only do those things after I’ve given consent. I don’t think it makes sense to just “assume” that.

          • jonny6pak

            Your skipping over the integration of the privacy policy and other provisions.  You’re looking at the statement in isolation.  There’s a lot of other text that applies.  All the text in the document, and any integrated documents, applies to the interpretation of contract language.  While the drafting style of SkyDrive and Google Drive licenses differ, they essentially do the same thing.  Although, Google’s becomes a bit more complex given the tight integration between the services offered.  I saw your other comment about how you would like some clarity around the language.  I don’t disagree with that statement.  It would probably be easier for most folks to understand if they better phrased the application of the privacy policy.  

          • I actually just read the privacy policy end to end. It doesn’t seem to cover content you upload to Google Drive. It is mostly focused on your “personal information” (name, address, phone number, location, etc.)

            Maybe I’m am misreading it as well, but I couldn’t find anything about how they use stuff that isn’t personal information, like docs, images, etc you upload to their services

          • Towelie420

            okay, allow me to simplify this, because i dont know, and i am super curious about this topic.  If i am working on a novel, and i save it to drive, are they saying that they could literally take it and change it and/or publish it for themselves?  

          • jonny6pak

            IANYL/TINLA:  No, they are not (love the user name btw, South Park rules).  If they were taking such rights, you would see some additional language about royalties and rights passing to heirs and the likes.  Plus, the license you grant in the content to Google is limited only to operating, promoting, improving, and developing services.  Further, any settings in a system that narrow the license even more, apply if you enable those settings.  Such as marking a file as private and unavailable for anyone but you.

            Let’s argue semantics for fun, ignore the privacy policy, and say Google could use your data to develop new services per the license.  They take your novel that you privately saved to your drive (you didn’t put it in the public domain) and Google uses the content for a new Google Paperback service that gives readers access to novels (free or paid). At the end of the day, you still own the intellectual property covering that item and you can revoke the license to Google.  Unless, of course, you put the novel in the public domain.  But if you do that, then anyone and their brother could republish your book for profit and Google’s license wouldn’t really matter.  Even so, use of our novel in such a service is out of the scope of operating, improving, promoting, and developing services.  While the such uses of the novel could aid in operating, improving, promoting, and developing the service, the primary use is outside of that scope.  The purpose of posting your novel would be to sublicensing the content to third parties.  That’s not something specified in the license you granted.  Alternatively, we could say Google’s use in such a case is to distribute licensed content in the public domain, which wouldn’t be authorized by the license you granted anyways unless you publicly put the novel in the public domain beforehand.
            Google’s biggest problem with everyone’s interpretation is their desire to have one license covering all their products.  It lowers their legal risks to keep things consistent.  But verbiage that might be easily understood for something public, like Google+, seems improper for something like cloud storage.  But you ultimately own the intellectual property, that does not transfer.  This is just a license that lets Google do what they need to do in order to provide the service.  

            A license is not a transfer of ownership, think of it like a rental agreement.  You can always revoke the license you granted unless the license itself state’s it’s unrevokable and some part of intellectual property law doesn’t overcome such a statement.  Now, the Google license does have one element that you technically cannot revoke–where it stays that certain uses under the license continues even after you stop using the service.  This is to ensure Google doesn’t have to make any crazy administrative systems to manage conent you post to Google that is out of your control once you post it, like a business listing in Google Search (the example used in the license).  

            That doesn’t mean that Google can make Google Novels, store your private file for public consumption out of your control, and leave you screwed.  You never posted something into a public system, so the surviving license doesn’t extend out to such a service.

        • Panicswhenubered
          • jonny6pak

            This article seems more FUD than anything else and I don’t find it to be very thoughtful in its analyses of the scope of Google’s TOS, which operates across all Google products.    The license is still not transferring ownership, which the article notes, but it complains about use of data after discontinuing use of a Google service.  Google would need an indefinite license (1) if you upload something to the service and discontinue use, but fail to delete all instances of the item,  (2) if Google caches the information as is a feature of many Google items, or (3) if you post it to a Google service you don’t control (another person’s shared drive or G+ wall).  In all those cases, the limited license must survive after you discontinue use of Google’s services.  If someone doesn’t like the idea of cashing information or posting to elements of the web he or she does not control, then that’s not an issue with the licensing terms.  

          • Like they say here, the Privacy Policy does not mention content you upload, but rather information that identifies you.


          • jonny6pak

            You might want to read that again because it specifies more than that.  I’m done with this one.  You seem to have more an agenda over anything else.  Even the theverge.com article you originally posted doesn’t support your position.  Go spread your FUD.  I’m out.

        • Panicswhenubered

          His TOS quotes are directly from a Cnet article titled: “Who Owns Your Files on Google Drive”.

          Go read the article, it’s pretty well written and it’s pretty scary at the same time. I will continue to use Dropbox for my cloud storage. It’s bad enough that Google reads everything I send/receive in Gmail.

  • Buzzy42

    If they had kept the prices the same or similar, I possibly would’ve consolidated some stuff, but as of right now– I’ll stick with various services for different things.

  • Captain_Doug

    Google drive seems pretty sick but I have 50GB of free storage with box. Until I can get as much or even 25GB from GD, other services are necessary. 

    • You can get a free 25GB if you have a hotmail account. Microsoft SkyDrive is usually 7GB free, for a limited time its 25GB free. May as well sign up and cash in on it….

      • Also the upload limit is increased to 2gb for those with the 25gb free upgrade to existing users.

    • Sven Enterlein

      I have the 50GB too but one extreme limitation is that I can’t upload files larger than 25MB. There goes my Titanium backup…

      • None of your bees wax

        Check out Minus. They have much better limits as to how large of files you can upload. Also SkyDrive.

      • Fattie McDoogles

        And you have to download 1 file at a time. You cant even zip files that are already on the site like you can on dropbox

      • Really? I have 50GB of storage but 100MB file cap… I activated mine through webOS on my Touchpad.

        • Noyfb

          you can’t upload hd videos to box, i already uploaded a 10 minute 720 hd video from my phone to drive and it went up with no problem.

      • Captain_Doug

        Mine is 100mb. I definitely see how even 100mb is a huge limitation.

  • I’ll end up just using Google Drive for all my smaller files and Box and its 50gb for all my huge things.

  • jcorf

    Duh! Google Drive all the way!