The Google Drive Q&A Thread

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    If you haven't already seen it, Google Drive is now live, and the app is live in the Play Store as well.

    Here's the official announcement with some explanation: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/introducing-google-drive-yes-really.html

    Thought I'd start a thread for comments/questions/answers/etc. as a lot of us will likely try this.

    I've just touched the surface, but I'm already frustrated by the fact that any gdocs that sync to my computer are simply links to the same gdocs online (haven't messed with "offline access" yet, as that's always been buggy in the past), and that apparently any Office Docs, at least the Excel spreadsheets I've tried so far, aren't editable online. Though I guess that's not too different from other services...

    Looks to have a lot of promise, especially with the integration potential.

    So feel free to post what you love/hate about it, or any questions or observations.
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    It says my Google Drive isn't ready and that I'll get an email when it is. Why isn't it "ready"?

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    phone or web? could still be rolling out I guess...
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    Phone, I have the app, but it says not ready.

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    You might have to "sign up" and get started online first.
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    Thanks for posting this. I gotta crawl out from under my rock more. 1st I heard of this.

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    My Google Drive is not yet ready either. I wonder how long this will take for us.
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    weird - did y'all ever use Docs before? I didn't use it often, but I've been a docs "user" since pretty much the beginning of it...
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    Yep, I've used Google Docs a lot. Not sure why mine is not available. They might be slowly rolling it out to their users I'm guessing.
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    I've got it installed on 2 computers and my Bionic. I was using DropBox before but wanted a Google branded app instead... I was hoping that it would have tighter integration with Android but that doesn't look like that's the case. One of the things I liked about DropBox was the ability to automatically upload photos, that doesn't seem to exist in GDrive. At least not yet, hopefully they'll put that in an update soon.

    It is fast and easy to use, but doesn't work from my work computer - it's most likely blocked by the corporate firewall. I had the same issue with DropBox though so that's not a big deal. When I disconnect from the corporate network and connect to my home network it syncs right away, the same as DropBox did.
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    They did seem to hint that it had more coming. And also, G+ does this already - so maybe they're thinking that feature is "covered"? Who knows...
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    Yeah, I know it's in G+ and I used to use that but wasn't all that happy with it so I closed my G+ account. I guess I could re-open it just for the automatic upload if it doesn't show up in GDrive anytime soon.
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    don't do it... that's what they WANT you to do! ;)

    I've closed/opened my G+ account a couple of times b/c I simply never use it... they might have a lot of users, but the amount of time people spend there is minimal compared to others... but that's for another thread.
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    Same here.
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    I use g+ but at a minimum (not much of a social app person). Still the integration google is pulling off is both awesome and scary. They had an ad for google + at the theater . I think the feature I like about g+ is I can upload important photos to the cloud so if i lose them from my phone I can still access them (which I actually did lose some important photos and was relieved when i saw them in the cloud).




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    I am new to the whole using clouds...docs...etc. but this looks like an interesting way to share files between my gadgets. I did check out Microsofts Skydrive but it will not load on my old desktop (win XP) and to me that kills it. Gdrive does/did install on both my laptop, my old pc, my phone and according to the website my ipod soon. Totally trumps Microsoft! :)dancedroid
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    I'm still a Sugarsync fan - imho the most versatile, functional one of them all.
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    My Drive is "not ready" yet. But looking at the file installed on my phone, what do you think this program does with a 9Mb installation size?
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    The biggest problem with Google Drive is the "permissions" you must accept from Google. Like everything else you might upload to Google, you give them complete rights to the content even if you delete you account and info.
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    Wasn't that a problem with Dropbox as well? Seems like something along those lines, but I can't remember for sure...
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