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13963 Reviews

  • 5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

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  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
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    Live Online
  • Support
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Google
  • www.google.com

About Drive

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Launched on April 24, 2012, Google Drive allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files.


Drive Features

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Audit Trail
  • Collaboration
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Signature
  • Encryption
  • Messaging
  • Real Time Synchronization
  • Search/Filter
  • Workflow Management

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Google Drive is essential for file management and sharing of our international business

May 09, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like most that you can use Google drive for file saving and sharing from any location in US and internationally. Our business has multiple locations in US and internationally. I work in finance and part of finance team work from multiple international offices. My international team members can save files in the same Google drive regardless of location. It is easy to share and see files immediately.

I can also create separate groups and share files only within those groups. I can include all or only designated individuals in each of the group. Managing access is very easy and helps confidentiality.

I also like that it is very easy to share files outside of organization. It is very simple to add email address of outside party and give it access to the folder. As a result, no additional work is required.

All our files are backed-up on Google drive. I love it. Sometimes, laptop can get damaged, especially during business trips, but I can still access all my files on new desktop without additional work or efford.

I also like that it is very easy to access files from home or during business trips. I don't need to call server or establish a connection to the server. I simply login into my Google email and access Google drive with all files. This saves time.

Cons: I love Google drive and I believe it is essential for our international business. The only one area of improvement that I would recommend is to make replication to hard drive easier and more simultaneous. When we try to replicate automatically, sometimes, we see conflicting versions and replication is not real time. So, it is better to see files on Google drive (Internet), rather than replica on hard drive. This is not a big deal as I can always work online on Google drive and download my files to Google drive myself.

Overall: We are a global technology company with multiple offices in US and internationally. We use Google drive for saving and sharing all our files in US and in international offices. Google drive is official tool used by our company globally (we employ over 1,300 people worldwide). This is a great tool!

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Drive Makes Your Life Easier

May 09, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: What did we do before products like Drive? We rummaged for files on our desktop, sent a thousand emails to colleagues looking for information, and lost documents in a shuffle of unorganized madness.

Drive makes it easy to store and collaborate on files within your organization and outside of it.

- The "search" feture within Drive is accurate and useful, easily and accurately identifying the content I'm looking for. As long as you use clear, identifiable titles on the items in your Drive, you will find what you're looking for in less than 5 seconds. No rummaging around on your hard drive or desktop for files, no emails back and forth to other departments to look for something.

- If I need to share a Doc or a Sheet with a client for approval or collaboration, I can easily identify what level of permission I am offering them: editing or viewing. It keeps me from accidentally letting someone edit a document who shouldn't have access to it.

- It is very reliable. I never experience glitching or accidentally losing content due to software malfunction (an issue I've had with competitive software).

- The layout of the applications within Drive (Sheets, Docs, etc.) are intuitive and easy to navigate. I feel confident even my mostly computer illiterate 68 year old mother could handle navigating Drive and utilizing it well.

- It has a clean, modern appearance that helps me feel less stressed when I'm looking for files.

- The color scheme is pleasant.

Cons: Even the most brilliant products have ways they can improve.

1. While Drive offers an easy launch pad into other applications like Sheets and Docs, there is not an easy way to navigate back to Drive once you're in a spreadsheet or a document.

The link in the top left corner will take you back to the Sheets homepage, but not to Google Drive. For that, you have to do a few extra clicks or utilize a bookmark.

In our company, we constantly hop back and forth between Sheets and Docs, so I wish there was an easier way to go back to the parent Drive page.

2. The second area for possible improvement is the permissions section. When I want to share a script with a client outisde of our organization for them to make edits to, I have to make 6 clicks. For an action that I frequently do, that's a lot.

There are less clicks required if you're sharing to someone within your organization, but I find that useless as each member on our team already has access to all of our company files and doesn't need a special link for sharing purposes.

Overall: With Drive, even if all our laptops and hard drives were stolen or destroyed, we'd still have all our documents safely stored and accessible in Drive.

There are even apps for on-the-go collaboration. I can be miles away from the office at a photoshoot or a client meeting, and can easily find any information on my phone through the Drive app.

Any prior system of file storage seems archaic after using this software.

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Highly Capable and User-Friendly Cloud Storage Solution at the Center of Your Digital Needs

Apr 30, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Google Drive is reliable and absolutely scalable with paid plans going from 100GB to 30TB, suiting the storage needs of the vast majority of customers. It requires no initial setup, not even on Android phones where it shines brightly thanks to the fact that it manages automatic backups of users' data, storage device settings and application cache. It also integrates well with a multitude of Android applications which also offer the ability to store backups on Google Drive (such as the ubiquitous WhatsApp application). It works offline, it has plenty of keyboard shortcuts to move around efficiently, it integrates really well with other Google products such as Google Drawing and Google My Maps and it can even be connected with more online applications, including Geogebra for mathematics or MindMeister to create mind maps. As with most Google products, it comes with a powerful search box that allows to search files by type, by owner, by date modified or with specific keywords, among other filters. There are many additional features available when right-clicking on files and folders to create copies, download the file or folder and options to share with other people. Sending emails with large attachments within Gmail becomes extremely easy too, as Gmail will ask to use Google Drive when the attachments are deemed too big. Most files can be opened natively with Google tools: images, PDF documents, Google maps and spreadsheets, saving time and hassle when on the move.

Cons: Google Drive doesn't work like a full-fledged file manager, which makes it harder to quickly organize files and folders. You can drag and drop items around, but there is no way to have split views of different folders side-by-side. There is no official Linux client to work with, which means there are many third-party solutions available: some being free and either overly complex or too simple; some better options being non-free. For this reason, there is no simple way to freely synchronize only chosen files and folders on Linux unless one is going to trust a commercial third-party company or willing to work from the terminal. Google Drive integrates with other Google products such as Calendar, Keep and Tasks, but you cannot directly include or browse files from within those apps, so one has to go back and forth or just reference shareable links that need to be created from Google Drive. Again, because there is no Linux client available, those actions can't be perform without having to access Google Drive from a web browser, which is something many other software offer right out of the box (Dropbox and pCloud being great examples, where Dropbox even has a command-line interface that allows shareable links to be created without even having opened the client). Even when those shortcomings can be overcome, Google Drive is actually slower when synchronizing than other mainstream services, making it less practical to transfer very large amount of data in one single session.

Overall: All in all, Google Drive remains an excellent option. It lacks some desirable features to my likings and isn't as customizable as other Google products like Gmail. But it is indeed a solid piece of software and it has worked flawlessly almost 100% of the time, except when synchronizing large amounts of data on unsupported Linux systems. I like to keep multiple copies of important files such as vacation photos and Google Drive is perfect for that scenario: you only have to upload your files once and you can rest assured that they will stay there for a long time. Downloading the files again is as easy as selecting them or even selecting a folder and right-clicking on it to create a zipped file. It makes it painless to retrieve documents on any device as long as you are willing to log in to your Google account in the first place. If not, having the ability to share a link to files is also very handy and solves many issues at work when giving direct access to one account is not feasible. I have personally connected Google Drive to many other services like Google Sheets, Google Docs, ClickUp (productivity tool), FitNotes (weight training application) and WhatsApp for instance to keep backups of most of my digital trails and it has been working like a charm since the beginning.

A review of Google Drive by the Creative Director of a Marketing Agency

Apr 26, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Google Drive allows our agency to store a huge number of document - including artwork, copy, photos, spreadsheets, etc. - online and ensure everyone on our team and our collaborators have (nearly) instant access. While not quite as fast a physical server sitting in our office it is certainly easier and cheaper and requires less maintenance.

If you let your browser save your password and cookies, it's incredibly easy to immediately access the folders stored in the cloud.

Works in every browser we use and seems to be able to handle every filetype we've thrown at it. It obviously is not quite as good as using a computer's OS to access, edit and explore, but it does it's job reliably.

It has never lost any of our agency's data in three years.

Cons: Viewing the files is another story and relies on the speed of your internet. It can take a very long time to even see the thumbnails of the images in a folder - just to even know which images to start downloading!

The ability to share a file or folder with anyone in the world is quite easy - but not as quick as it should be. There are many fiddly steps and clicks involved and I never feel 100% sure that the recipient will actually be able to access it. We often use WeTransfer over this method because it seems more reliable and provides better and clearer reporting.

Overall: Fine, nearly completely problem or bug free for 3+ years.

Nice looking UI, huge amount of functionality. Google - being as large as they are - do not provide first class online support, but they do try.

Reliable.

Once again Google to the rescue!!!

Apr 25, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Google Drive has great features and for most users the main feature comes down to, how easy it is to share and collaborate day to day work through this platform. I also like that my google drive account is directly associated to my gmail account so I do not have to login separately. This means one does not have to create separate accounts and remember two pieces of information. It allows you to share files and folders individually to specific people hence making the experience custom and flexible. All the shared files and folders can be accessed by any of the shared account holders, all at the same time and edit them simultaneously. This is just great as one user doesn't have to logout for other to edit the same file. Also the best thing is every user can see what the the other person is editing in real time. There is history of the edits that is being tracked as well so going back to what changed and by whom could sometimes come in very handy. The most used collaborative applications are word, excel and powerpoint in the industry today. Google drive have its own version of those format available to use so what's not to like.

Cons: The space limitation on google drive is a little annoying. I use google drive for personal use as well to share pictures, videos and other such things to family members. Adding videos and pics to google drive can severely cut down the storage space which is only 15GB. In today's world, good quality pictures and videos can easily pass that storage size. Very basic file types are supported by Google Drive such as docx, xlsx, pptx, pdf, joeg and so on. I think they should expand that and keep their library growing which hasn't happened yet. I do not like the layput of google drive and I their UI needs to be revamped and upgraded. It's pretty clunky at the moment.

Overall: I use Google drive pretty much everyday. It can be better yes but overall it has been one of the most used and successful platform created by Google.

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Google Drive: One Location for All

Apr 17, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Before Google drive, sharing and collaborating with other people was through CDs, Pen drives, emails and other such mediums. Google drive has changed it dramatically by making this process easy, intuitive and less stressful. Google drive has so many Pros but here are the three main ones that makes me want to use it every time during all my personal and schooling projects - want to share only certain things with certain people but have access to all of them in one location, Google drive got you covered; want to see what others are changing things on the files (doc, xls, ppt) in real time, google drive has got you covered; want to see the history of changes over time, of course google drive has you covered. I like how I can organize my folders in different locations. One can not only create folders and documents but can easily upload them as well. As long as you have access to internet, you have access to the files. It is well integrated into the google's environment which I think is the reason why it has become so popular.

Cons: The biggest con for me has been the size limit. 15GB was not enough for me as I have a personal folder where I have lot of personal pictures and personal videos stored. These days a good 1080p videos of just a few minutes can climb up to 100MB. The other con is that though google drive gives you access to the doc, xls, ppt files the formatting is limited. This causes some issues when files are downloaded from google drive to Microsoft platform or vice versa. I don't see google drive ever enhancing their file formatting to keep up to date but again it is meant to be a collaborative platform to share and collaborate ideas and work together. For formatting simply download and do it on the correct tool.

Overall: Google drive is the goto place for sharing and collaborating and I absolutely make use of it pretty much every week and sometimes everyday.

Google Drive Review

Apr 11, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: 1. Very pretty desing

2. Everything is intuitive - you can easily find what you want. You do not waste your time in understanding how to work with the application.

3. There is a search engine for the whole application - this helps the user to easily find some files.

4. There is leftside navigation bar which conatins all you want:

4.1. You can easily see all the containers ( folders ) that you created and navigate to them.

4.2. You can easily see everything shared with you - in the section.

4.3. You have your recycle bin - easily see what you have deleted.

4.4. You can see what is the amount of storage that you are currently using - this is helpful in order to let you know how to manage your content - and if you had run out of space, there is a quick link where you can easily expand your cloud storage.

5. There is right navigation panel which easily shows you basic information about currently selected folder or file. There is useful information which sometimes is useful and you can reach it with just one move of your head.

6. There is activity tab which shows you what have you been doing. I find this helpful in order to remember what you have been doing and in order to check if someone has hacked your account and did something you do not want to.

7. There is a virus scanner befofre you download the file.

8. You can easily open your files and even edit them - for example some documents.

9. You can share specific files to specific people.

Cons: 1. Maybe it is a good idea to show the content of archive files - in order to know if you really want to download the file.

And till now this is the only thing that for my pyrposes is not practical.

All in all everything esle is very good and useful.

Overall: I am using it a long time for the university, also for work.

My benefit from this app is that I am working on something at home, then upload it on my Drive, and when I go to the university I can easily open my work - I have no need to get my PC with me.

Also I can easily save for example pictures when I am on a trip and run out of memory on my phone. Then just share my files in the Drive and make much more pictures - no adittional SD cards or whatever.

The main advantage is that you can accesss files everywhere anytime you want - from laptop, tablet, PC, telephone - all you want.

It is very easy and useful to use software. I pretty recommend it.

Great for collaboration and sharing

Apr 03, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The biggest advantage to using Drive - whether it's Sheets, Docs, Slides, or Sites within Drive - is the provision for simultaneous editing. And then saving in the cloud. It is the height of collaboration, and the fact that it is web-based helps me feel like my work is safe and not as risk of getting completely lost (though some may disagree). I have made great use of Google Docs and Google sites especially within drive, which are very shareable and great places to house information. I like that I can control access in terms of viewing and editing, and can choose these options for drafts of websites and published versions alike.

Aesthetically speaking, too, Drive's presentations of its offerings (docs, slides, etc) is visually cohesive, which makes me feel like I'm in the same platform and that I somewhat know what I'm doing when I enter a potentially new space within the software.

Cons: Sometimes, it is hard to find. What I mean by this - there seems to be an older version of say, Google Sites, that I might access from a gmail account. However, when I go to my gmail account and hit Google Sites, it seems to take me to the old version. I have many times panicked that my sites in progress don't exist in this location, only to remember that I have to go to google drive first (a separate icon in the same grouping of icons to choose from) and from there go into Google Sites, which presents as a newer, cleaner version and where my sites are housed. It doesn't make sense that there would be an umbrella location like Google Drives to house sites, docs, sheets, slides, etc, only to have those same icons elsewhere linking to something else (specifically with sites), knowing that people often access from gmail accounts where these are all lumped together. It's very confusing.

Also, not really a clear way to work offline, but usually just work in a google doc and upload when there's connection. For sites and slides, though, this is harder to do offline.

Sites, within drive, should have more flexible options and tools for customizing. I only have about 3 colors that I can choose from for buttons and headings and the like, and only a few fonts, font sizes, shapes and layouts that the site will accommodate. It's a very basic version of something that has enormous potential for customization, especially considering its convenient location within Google Drive.

Overall: Overall, we use Drive a lot in our organization because it's an effective way to communicate in real time and to give others visibility (and even commenting abilities) on what we are doing. Using this software has improved the way we can display and share our work, without fear of it getting lost or taking up too much space. For example, we have started creating Google Sites through Drive instead of PDF documents to report on projects, as they are more interactive and people like the experience of being guided through a website. That's been a big win for us, and the Drive software absolutely empowers us to do this.

Live. Love. Drive.

Mar 31, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I was jerryrigging an approximation of Google Drive before it even existed by going into Gmail and saving files as attachments to draft emails. Then logging in from another computer to access them. Thank goodness I don't have to do that anymore! Google Drive is the best way to make sure you have your files when you need them, no matter where you go, or what device you have access to. It's my first stop when I need to create a document, spreadsheet, or business presentation. Plus, with our organization's recent upgrade to the Business Suite, storage space is no longer a concern. I would pay for it, even if I were just using it personally. That's how much it means to me.

Cons: The only issues I run into with Google Drive are those that reflect my own disorganized nature. Sometimes I have trouble finding what I'm looking for because I don't have a great filing system. But that's where the search bar comes in handy. The other frustrations I run into with Drive are when others use it incorrectly. Like sharing a file without opening up file sharing permissions. Or being logged into a different Google account when they make edits and leave comments. It's nothing that can't be overcome with a little training and a sprinkling of needed knowledge gained from personal experience or from the help forums.

Overall: We use Google Drive as part of the Google Business Suite at our organization and have switched over to it almost exclusively for document storage and creating and collaborating on working documents. We can't imagine doing our work without it and appreciate that it is so universal. Even internationals with whom we work are familiar with the software and find it easy to jump in with us at whatever project stage we are at.

Google Drive user review

Mar 26, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love that Drive has made it so convenient to have files and data at your disposal at any given time. All you need is an internet device. I like that all the drive is easily navigatable and the thumbnails is an added advantage. Absolutely been loving the drag and drop feature since it came. A well-thought list of features which makes things so easy and fast to use, access and download. Like the activity tab which helps in retrieving files easily for repeated use. Love the work space feature to share files among specific groups, making things lot easier and efficient.

Cons: The first thing comes to my mind, when it comes to demerits is the fact that some time uploading or downloading content feels clumsy, much to blame the internet speeds I guess, Would like if the file thumbnails are a bit bigger would make things easier when you are scrolling to look for a specific file visually. Would like if the Data meter also displayed some more key features like a pie chart with different type files with data properties. Same applies to the drive itself if searching for a file could be different from the list or thumbnail to something more ergonomic would make the user experience much more delightful.from the conventional list.

Overall: Google Drive has become part of a lot of peoples work as it serves the most important feature as a shelf for all your files. Have been loving the minmalistic design . All the features which are being constantly updated and such keen intent on making things better with improving the experience consistently has also increased the intent as we can be assured of much more features which can help us is a delight to expect. An allround app with ton load of features with a minimal design and maximum workability makes this a need rather than necessity. There are other options in the market but the usability and ease makes it a clear winner from my view .

Great cloud service

Mar 15, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Easy use.

It syncs with a google account and you are able to have access to them from any device.

You can view documents and also edit them online with the google docs utility, (for example, there is a lot more) they save instantly which is really great if you are forgetful, or have to work in diferent devices.

It's like a folder that you can have on your device with the advantage of being online.

You can also install the application on your Windows PC and upload the folders from a folder that is created on your device locally.

It is really dificult to lose information.

You also can create shared folders or documents, really usefull for share with varius workers.

Cons: When saving documents or images if you do not look at the default folder, you have to go through all the folders and subfolders if you do not remember the name which you saved it.

You have to make sure to correctly select the permissions that are granted to the users with whom the documents and folders are shared, since one of the options is that they can edit, and eliminate the work.

Overall: This is one of the reatest programs I have used.

Is really practical if you have to work in several devices, you can consult your documents from your PC, or your smartphone...

Personally I have a lot of documents which I like to consult and is as easy as check the app on my smartphone, if I want to modify anything I can also do it from there and later check it in my PC. If the case is that you can not use your PC, you have access from any Internet Browser.

One of the best parts is the sharing option by which you can share the folders or documents of your chose with several partners. Really good for teamworkers which are not in the same office.

Moreover Google adds a lor of utilities, like docs, calc sheets, presentations... which increase the uses.

Not only can you use this software as a storing cloud, but you can also work comfortably as if you were using any office tool.

My overall rating is a 10 for its great manageability.

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Google Drive, the thumb drive i'll never lose!

Mar 05, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Google Drive's free features are enough for my situation. The 15GB that you get from the free plan is more than enough for me. I like the fact that it is integrated with my gmail and allows me to send files larger than 25mb from my gmail. I like that google drive is web based but still has right click fucntionality which gives you a context sensitive menu and not the usual html options as most sites. this means it is actually an application running in your browser and not just a website. Google allows you the option to install a desktop application which comes with features allowing you to backup you files and folders to the cloud by right clicking and selecting sync this folder. Google also gives you the option of a sync folder which is added to your desktop file system once you install the client. This folder automatically uploads or downloads files to or from the cloud respectively to ensure that the local folder and the remote folder are the same. Once your files are on google drive, they are accessible from any device that you have connected to the the Google Drive. You also have the option to turn off sync if you want to use Google Drive as a backup storage space and not necessarily mirror the files from your local storage.

Cons: The download and upload speeds speeds are a bit slow when you deal with larger files. I wish it could use a "torrent like " technique to increase speed of downloads by using multiple connections. Therefore the speed with which you can access you documents and files depends largely on your internet connection.

Overall: Google drive allows me to create folders and organise my files. It is cloud based meaning I can access it any where any time as long as I have an internet connection. Google drive allowed me to access my resume and cover letter when I wanted to apply for a job while travelling and I was away from my personal computer. luckily I had backed up these documents onto google drive.

Best Cloud storage

Feb 19, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Most of our smart phones (Android) is having Google accounts to operates and Google Drive is the advanced cloud storage media contains with free 15GB of storage for all the Google accounts to store the files freely. As general, cloud is the new technology we are using to access our resources remotely from anywhere, anyplace, and anytime.

Google Drive providing with the user friendly environment where the user can feel the he/she is working with their file system (e.g: can create a folder, create a word/excel/power point, cut/copy/past the files and folder, file/folder sharing with advance option such as view/edit, etc.)

It is accessible if we have signed our Google Email and we can share the documents through the email or as by links. It is acting as a portable, accessible and not tangible storage device for all of us.

Cons: It perfectly alright to the well known users and it may be difficult to the new users (users are low in technical knowledge). When we are sharing a confidential file it is restricting the others access by providing their emails but it will be more secure if those files share with passwords.

We can backup our own folders in our PC. So, as attackers perspective any attackers can misuse this feature to copy some file from someones PC without any storage devices. It will be good if it have encryption mechanism to store the confidential files and to share with others.

Overall: Google Drive serving me very much especially to fulfill my documentation tasks. Easy to manage with the cloud because I can access my documentation from any computers/ any time (e.g: for presentation, showing reports to head/clients, financial documentation, etc).

For each team I have a shared folders to view their documentations and I am having the edit privilege to make the changes.

Editing logs are available to trace back the changes made to the documents.

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Is Drive Perfect? No-But It's Close.

Feb 05, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: -The ability to store and easily access documents, spreadsheets, images, and so on from any device is fantastic.

-Intuitive, easy-to-use user interface.

-A fair bit of customization as far as organizing goes.

-Working collaboratively is easy.

-It's free!*

*(To a certain point-you can upgrade to more storage for a small monthly fee.)

Cons: -If (and when) Drive is down, you can't access your files unless you downloaded them.

-Exporting and importing .doc files sometimes results in a huge formatting mess.

-Not as many general options for the various documents and spreadsheets as I would like.

-Sharing documents with people (and the resulting phantom emails Google sends to people) kind of drives me crazy.

Overall: As someone who moves from various devices on a regular basis, Google Drive is a godsend. The program lets you create documents, spreadsheets, slides, and storage area across multiple platforms-all you need to do is be able to log in and access it from a browser or app.

I use this regularly for my day job as well as various writing side projects I have. Being able to type ideas at home, access it same document from my phone at lunch, and then look at it again from my work laptop is incredible. This isn't new technology, of course, but the way Drive does it feels seamless. Download to independent devices is also incredibly easy. As it uploading files (I've used Drive as a dumping ground for many a photo archive over the years).

It's not perfect, though-trying to work with more elegant formatting for an uploaded .doc file (for instance) will almost always result in a pretty terrible looking document. And while it doesn't happen often, Drive is sometimes down for maintenance...which of course happens when you *really* need it.

But, it's great. I'm not a huge Google nut, but I always recommend Drive to folks. It's saved my bacon more than once.

ONLINE STORAGE PLATFORM

Jan 22, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Google drive enables users to back up, store and share documents online and information is synchronized across multiple devices. Google drive has integrated an office suite which includes google docs, google sheets and google slides which enables users to easily edit documents on the platform. Also google drive has offline capability feature for apps being used by most operating systems such as android windows and IOS thus there is no need for internet connection when trying to retrieve documents since its already synchronized across the authorized devices.

Google drive also offers free 15gb storage and also its easier to search documents on this software as long as the user describes the parameters for the document being searched. Users also can decide whether to share individual documents publicly or share with other users this is the most essential feature of google drive whereby it facilitates easy transfer of documents across multiple parties.

Cons: The user privacy agreement for google drive is not subjective enough to be trusted since it uses terms and service conditions for other apps they have developed as one set to cover all their services.

Since google drive allows users to share drive documents with other google users without requiring any permission from the recipient of the invitation, this can result in users receiving spam from unsolicited shared documents.

In recent weeks google drive has been used as a platform whereby hackers can transmit and manipulate information in order to transmit viruses or Trojans to unsuspecting users in order to siphon private information and also retrieve bank accounts and passwords. This point can be clearly seen when DarkHydrus an advanced persistent threat (APT) group abused google drive as an alternative communication to spread Rogue Robin Trojan using Microsoft excel documents.

Overall: Google drive has made accessibility of documents easy therefore making it a convenient software. Google drive has also made sharing of files easier since ordinary free emails put a cap on the size of the document to be sent e.g yahoo mail has an upload cap of less than 25mb in order for the document to be sent past this range one has to use Dropbox.

Google drive has eliminated the use of hard disks since information can be easily stored or backed up online eliminating the use of physical storage drives which are subject to theft, infection from computer viruses and also it stores information based on their storage capacity thus when filled the user will be required to buy a new one which is usually expensive.

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Drive is great for the SPED teacher

Dec 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Google Drive is an integral tool for a Special Education teacher. If you haven't made the jump , then you should personally start exploring all that it has to offer. Here's why I like it:

First off, let's consider why it's the cloud-based advantages of Drive. Items are stored in the cloud and can be accessed anytime, anywhere, with any any device. I can look at my laptop, tablet, phone, etc. and still access the files I need in a moment's notice. Beyond that, when you work with Drive, it's always being saved automatically in the cloud. Plus, I never have to worry about my computer dying, a program shutting down unexpectedly, or losing a thumb drive. It's always backed up in the cloud for me.

Now for a SPED teacher perspective, because of the reasons I mentioned earlier, I can do a voice recording for an oral exam, store it to drive, and share it with students. They would then have access to listen to the oral exam any time! I don't have to re-read the same exam 4 times in a day and then again if a student missed. It's just saved on Drive and students can listen at their own pace and when they need it. If you work with Drive, you also have access to the G Suite platform of tools (Docs, Slides, Forms, etc.). Because of this, you don't have to worry about students losing/misplacing items - it can all be stored, shared, and turned in on Drive.

I'll keep this post limited to Drive, but I also recommend checking out the other Google tools (Docs, Classroom, etc.).

Cons: No real cons, honestly. There's a steep learning curve at first, but most of us are starting to become familiar with the idea of things being stored in the "cloud," so that's not really a reason for concern. Google may not always personally offer the greatest support (it's good - not great), but there are also tons of great videos on YouTube to learn how to work with Drive. Another concern is that since it's Google they are always tinkering with things and updating features. Some may not like this because things change over the course of a year, but I don't think it's really a con. They're just trying to improve their platform!

Overall: Classroom-based teacher

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This software changed the game

Dec 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It's changed the whole way people do personal computing. The price is so affordable, the ease of use is out of this world and the ability to now collaborate with others will never be the same again.

Firstly the way I can edit documents in real time with other people is extraordinary, this has saved me so much pain and frustration having to export document formats so people on different operating systems can tediously format them to see what I'm doing and send them back.

Secondly, I can't imagine the amount of genius in this world has been lost to a crashing computer, weeks of work disappearing due to an old machine or crashing software. I know students will never be able to use this excuse again and for them that's sad, but my work constantly being saved to the cloud so I never lose it is unbelievable.

Next the revision software you can do on Google drive documents. The fact I can go back into my revision history and see who did what when and jump back. I wouldn't have even imagined this was possible.

Lastly, the awesome document link sharing feature, sharing a link so easily to get others accsess is awesome.

Cons: The sharing feature drives me mad, every time I move a file around my drives it asks me if I'm sure I want to share the file with people in the new file. This is so annoying. I know exactly who and why I am sharing my files with, this safety feature is so tedious. Also the fact I have to change the sharing options every time I share the file with somebody, you've sent a document to somebody happy that the next day they are going to make the edits and you get an email back in the AM saying "sorry I couldn't do the work, I didn't have the correct accsess", I'd rather learn the lesson the hard way (somebody getting the file that I didn't want them to) than having to update the sharing settings everytime I give somebody a link.

Overall: It's amazing, I love these Google products and the fact they are so good has really made me change my mind about Google as a company as a whole. I understand they get access to reams of user data, the likes of which has never been seen before when giving this app out for so cheap, but it really feels like an act of philanthropy. I don't think group collaboration or business will ever be the same again. This software opens the world up to everybody everywhere, no longer having to crack a version of Microsoft in order to start a company or send your dissatation to your teacher.

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google drive review

Dec 05, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Ease of usage; one of the best user interface ever is that of the google drive as just about anybody can get around the platform and efficiently get things done, it is the overhaul and redefinition of file sharing.

Storage size; google drive basically offers every google products user with a Gmail account a 15GB free cloud storage to save and share file with whomever they deem fit. This generosity by the parent company of this amazing platform is the reason why many are drawn to the service in the first place.

Accessibility; the files saved on google drive can be accessed by just anyone with the file's link, in addition to that, the platform can be accessed cross platform i.e. on smartphones running the android operating system and apple's iOS. Likewise on internet enabled personal computers running the windows operating system, different Linux flavors and macOS.

Feature rich, google drive does not only provide you with the luxury of sharing files and folders with people you care about, sharing has never been this easy with the preview feature of google drive as you get a thumbnail view of whatever file it is you want to send so that you can work better and faster. Editing on google drive gets better by the day as a group of people accessing the same file can both make edits without one person hindering the other. There is also aid for those who loves to edit on the go as the live check put in place by the platform helps to check for errors in documents.

Cons: Editing and conversion; when you edit a document on the google drive platform, saving the file exactly as you want it becomes a problem as you are only presented with a few file types to convert your edited file to. Still on file conversion, when you edit and convert a file, there is a limit to the size of your converted size, I don't know why google decided to go with this decision but it's a bad one.

Spell check automation; as against offline document editing softwares with spell checkers, the google drive spell checking does not immediately swing into action to save the day by preventing you from making spelling mistakes, you have to be your own hero by manually launching the service in google sheets.

Google Drive's Got It All, and a Lot of Free Space to Share

Dec 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Google Drive is such a generous Cloud based storage platform. My university had a partnership with Google Drive granting us unlimited storage, but even when that has been taken away, I've never felt pressed for space. It's so much more than storage though, as the integration between all of the other Google Suite platforms and email is seamless and simple. Organization is quick and easy, and you can create folders and view edits/make shares with little effort. I share pictures with other members of my family, and it's easy to upload photos directly into a Drive folder and then share with whomever. The uploads are quick, and the massive amount of available storage means that I don't have to pick and choose. Preservation is also something I'm trying to get better at, and having my documents on the Drive, even if they're duplicates of what I have on my computer, makes me feel better prepared in the event of a dreaded computer crash. I also like that it is part of my computer files window, making it easy to drag and drop files straight to the Drive without having to manually upload them on the site. Bonus: The App is really user friendly and its easy to view the documents using the App if you're on the go.

Cons: The App makes it quite difficult to make actual edits to documents, but is great for simply viewing. I just wouldn't rely on the App to replace the desktop version (it seems like that is where the expectations of apps are going these days). The softwares within Google Drive, such as Google Sheets or Google Docs, do have better counterparts out there (aka their Microsoft equivalents). However, for the average user, and when you factor in the ease and accessibility provided by Drive in bringing them all together into one interface, it makes it worth it by far.

Overall: Whether in a business setting, my personal life, or my university studies, Drive is integral to my success and I wouldn't want to go without it.

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Best Collaborative Application Available For Small Business

Nov 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: The best part of using Google Drive is the seamless collaboration that it provides for small business teams, production teams, or project management professionals. You are able to store and share files within a perfect organizational structure that is intuitive and easy to understand.

With the Google Apps within Google Drive, you are able to create and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more with LIVE multiple users. While creating and editing , you can chat with team members and see what they are creating, editing, or updating LIVE. It allows you to track edits and leave comments to be viewed at anytime by any member of a team. Anything created can be shared with others using Gmail or published to the internet to be shared publicly or privately.

Cons: At times, it is difficult for some users to get used to any updates that Google may push through in the use of Google Drive apps. I have also experienced some employees not willing to adapt to the new/simple environment of Google Drive and it's Apps (they are hooked on the massive amount of icons within Microsoft Office Suite)

Overall: I have been personally using Google Drive and the incorporated Apps since they were released to the public. I have used them for both professional and personal storage of documents and pictures and used the office Apps to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, online forms, and even websites. Throughout its introduction and after, I have been able to completely stop using Microsoft Office, Open Office, or OS versions of office software. I used Google Drive and Apps throughout university and professional career. I have even taught others to use it and have taught using it. Excellent piece of kit to have in your pocket!

Best platform for collaborative shared files!

Nov 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: I've been using Google Drive for a couple of years now and it never failed on me. Everything works as expected. The new interface is easier to work with than the previous one. The layout is cleaner and it's easier to find what you need. It's very well integrated with its other services such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Photos etc.

File sharing is great, made really simple. Just right-click on any file or folder and select the option to share that file. That's it. You can easily upload or create a new file by clicking the big white button "New" in the top left area of the screen.

The mobile app works very well and you can browse your files easily. The desktop app makes a real folder on your computer with all the files that you have on Google Drive, making file changes (copy, cut, paste, delete, rename, etc) just like you do on locally stored files.

I haven't had any technical issues so far, but when my colleagues had trouble, the support team was always helpful and very quick to fix any issues.

Cons: If you use google drive for work with your work account and also have google drive for your personal account, the desktop app is not currently supporting multiple users. You are forced to be signed in with just one of them and use the web browsing version for the other account(s). It's frustrating that it so easy to switch between users on the web, but you can't do that on your desktop. Other than this, nothing comes to mind.

Overall: If I were to sum it up in a few words, it would be easy, simple, free, collaborative and productiv. I highly recommend it!

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Six more ways to use Drive.

Nov 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Google Drive is not just a cloud storage service offered by Google, it is also a set of tools that can enhance the functioning of web pages and Blogs.

Blogger and many other options for web publications do not have certain services related to file storage that allow you to extend beyond your own concept as a content editor for Blogs.

Google Drive can extend the capacity of applications such as Blogger or other means of web publishing to give them added value by offering "hosting" (hosting external files) or even functions that go beyond the storage of information through files, such as Use of forms. Let's briefly review some of the utilities offered by Google

Drive not only as a perfect complement to Blogger but also as a fantastic service for other web publishing media that can take advantage of its advantages.

1- Storage and management of forms with notifications by mail for your website or Blog.

2- Hosting a complete website.

3- Storage and hosting of resource files for your website or Blog.

4- Creating links to download files for your website or Blog.

5- Offer on your website or Blog presentations made with Google Docs.

6- Save to Drive for your website or Blog.

In short, Google Drive is a nice box of surprises that can offer utilities for your Blog or web that you might not have imagined and complement your daily work.

Cons: For me, it's easier to create locally, upload to the cloud and edit collaboratively. Each member of the team uploads their chapter to a master document or that corrections can be made to the document by several people at the same time.

Also in this case I prefer to use Microsoft's online tools. The fastest using the same tool both locally and online.

And also I do not have to change my document organization depending on whether a document is included in a folder that is synchronized with the cloud or not.

Overall: It allows to present your ideas, photographs and works by means of a presentation made with Google Docs and stored in Drive. Show it in your Blog or web to the size that you prefer and with the aspect that you want.

Allow your users to store in the cloud, in their own Drive account, the files that you offer from your website or Blog. No need to store them on a hard drive or external USB support, you can access them from home, your smartphone or wherever you want by accessing your Drive account. It is necessary to learn to use the Save to Drive button on your website.

Awesome New User Interface and Price Changes for Extra Space

Oct 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Google has done a great job with the new user interface design of Google Drive. Now it looks easier to work with it because of its left side panel from where it is easy to add a new folder, file, doc, sheet, etc. The new font and Iconography looks really crisp from before. The new price changes made by Google Drive are also pretty likable such as the prices of Google One and others because the price range is now more affordable than before, which made me really happy to have more space even I pay less for it. I always love discounts so, this initiative made me really happy. Auto update of packages was great as I was using 100GB plan and automatically upgrade helped me to get more storage on that same price which made me more happy with the google drive storage service.

Cons: The competitor iCloud provides more space in less amount. It would be really appreciated if Google Drive provide it on same price or less, but as Google Drive's Free storage is still better then iCloud's storage and the User Interface beats it. So I will still prefer Google Drive over iCloud Storage. I will not compare Google Drive with Microsoft 365 Storage or Dropbox because they are charging more for fewer space and services. For me Google Drive is a winner and up in the competition because of its Prices and User Friendly Interface which no other service providers privides.

Overall: I am using Google Drive for the last three years. I have never lost my data or got a problem that couldn't be solved by the Google team. The best thing about the Google service is its team which helps quickly and solve the issue if it comes. The new UI and Price changes made it more likable. I hope it will be improved further especially the prices. I recommend Google Drive to everyone who has storage problem or their data get lost or corrupted in local storage. I am happy to have a reliable service provider and I use it daily to store and sync my data.

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Enjoy the free version - upgrade later

Oct 25, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: There is so much that I like about Google Drive. First, it is a feel tool. Secondly, it has a large storage. I have thousands of pictures and short video of past projects and I can always access them anytime with less hurdles. It is also easy to integrate Google Drive with other Google services. The file sharing feature is also great for our organisation as it is easy to share files with other Engineers when planning a meeting or after inspecting a project. Furthermore, I also like the ability to comment on files. Last but not least, you can synchronize Google Drive in all your devices which makes it easy to access and store files.

Cons: Although the ability to edit files across is an amazing feature, if one of the editors deletes the file, you will end up losing it forever. The free version is great but limited in terms of space. If you need more space, you have to subscribe for the extra space and it is not affordable. Another thing I do not like about Google drive is that you need god internet to make full advantage of this tool. When moving large files, it is time consuming and in case of network interruption, Google Drive is not able to quickly continue from where you left (am not sure whether this a problem with our company internet or a problem with my PC)

Overall: Although there are as many hurdles as the pros, I can live with the cons as Google Drive is constantly updated and soon am sure all the problems will be addressed. I would recommend anyone to start with the free version and if they like it, they can then upgrade for a better version. So far, Google Drive meets our company needs.

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GOOGLE DRIVE MORE AND BETTER STORAGE IN THE CLOUD

Oct 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: WHY CHOOSE GOOGLE DRIVE?

Simply because it offers more storage space in the cloud in its free plan of 15 GB in total compared to other hosting services, however, this space is actually the general of the entire Google account, since it also counts the space that contain your Google+ photos and your Gmail emails.

But despite this apparent limitation the space offered by Google Drive continues to be much higher compared to other storage services, therefore, store all your files on the Internet and have them always available in your account is what Google Drive offers you , always having the possibility of obtaining more storage capacity.

Cons: I must say that after several years of using Google Drive, which has greatly facilitated my work and my personal activities as a blogger to be able to store all my PDF, WORD, IMAGES, ETC. I find very few disadvantages in Google Drive, such as:

. - Google Drive Does not offer statistics for downloaded or viewed documents

. - If the documents have several editors or collaborators could be eliminated by one of them.

. - Although Google offers to be able to index advertisements in several of its products in the case of Google Drive, this is not the case, which would allow the downloads to be monetized while visualizing the study documents made by oneself, an option that would avoid cumbersome shorteners being used for downloads.

Despite these apparent disadvantages of Google Drive are really only small details that can be improved in an era in which massive communication and monetization of the pages are the order of the day.

Overall: In addition to the usual files that can be shared on Google Drive, there are some special documents "THE GOOGLE DOCS" which is another point for me that clearly highlights Google Drive.

These are similar to Microsoft Office's "GOOGLE TEXT DOCUMENT WOULD BE WORD EQUIVALENT" and "GOOGLE'S CALCULATION SHEET WOULD BE THE EXCEL EQUIVALENT" with the difference that there may be several people working on it at the same time being a great help for work at distances in groups or teams.

All this plus the synchronization of folders and files from the computer or mobile device which allows to edit the files since, Google Drive will analyze the changes and apply them to your files in the cloud, this happens with all the actions "delete, edit, add "and with all types of files from any synchronized device, sharing documents now becomes easier when they ask for topics or shared analysis in some kind of format

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One of the best service for cloud storage and backup your important information.

Oct 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I have been using this software by Google since last 5-6 years, both on my mobile devices and on computer. One of the best feature of this software is its syncing capabilities across various platforms. I don't need to manually sync any information from my mobile device to my computer.

Google Drive does it automatically based on my account I logged in on all devices.

Further I can just access any information from my any devices anywhere using my login credentials and don't need to carry storage device to carry my information along with me. This makes me feel safer while accessing my sensitive information remotely.

Also, you can have various options from their paid plans to get the cloud storage. Which I think is best option to store your important information rather than saving that physically on storage devices.

I would say this is one of the best software for remotely storing your information and accessing that safely using login credentials. Best software provided by Google. I would definitely recommend this software to anyone who need to access information across various devices.

Cons: Not many cons I noticed but yes one of not so good feature I can say is that sometimes it becomes difficult to find what data has been shared publicly and what is set as private.

It should have some kind of definite identification of data shared as public and the private records.

Overall: Overall I would say I am very happy to use this software. I have been using this software on Microsoft Windows and Android Mobile devices and never thought of using any other software for my cloud storage needs.

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Google Drive the ULTIMATE Storage Drive!

Oct 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Google drive is a one stop shop for personal or business use storage of files, photos, and music. I have used Google drive since it's inception, and it's constantly evolving to be the ultimate storage option for me. I have used it for years, and have the free 15GB version, and have not even come close to using all of my storage. I can drag and drop photos, excel files, word doc and it's seam less. I can then open these up in the provided Google app, or download them again to open them locally. If you don't have Office installed on your local computer it's so much easier to select the Google app and open it right up. It's easily organized, and displays the most recent files at the top of the main drive page. I use it for both personal and business purposes, and it's always there. Never do you have to worry about the drive dying on your,and losing your data. Many times my external drives have died, and I lose everything, not with Google drive though, all of my data is always there. You can also buy more drive space if needed.

Cons: The apps or add ins used to open excel or power point files, and be a little dodgy sometimes, and when you drag and drop a file to the drive itself, it will open the file in a pre-view mode that you then, have to right click, and select one of the drive apps to use.

Overall: I really like the drive. As I said above, I use it for both personal and business reasons, and really like it's ease of use. I trust it for everyday use, and I use it everyday! I have tried drop box, as well as others, and just find Google Drive to be the easiest of them all.

Driven To The Limits

Oct 22, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: The ever useful Google Ecosystem. (It has access to other Google services like their Gmail and Google Documents, where the latter allows seamless transition when a document file, like a word document or a spreadsheet, is opened)

Integration with a plethora of web based services.

Extremely intuitive user interface.

Simple file sharing capabilities.

Easily monitoring of the documents' activity log.

Computer syncing, which allows the backing up of files on your computer.

The mobile app allows the files to be easily accessed anywhere, the mobile website is also well-designed.

Free 15GBs of storage, though it is shared with Gmail.

Decently priced if you're opting for the paid version.

Cons: File sharing requires a Google account. (Can be mitigated as you don't exactly need to register a gmail account in order to have a Google account)

Google's ecosystem makes it rather difficult to communicate with other services outside of the Google ecosystem, like Microsoft's Outlook.

May need to be refreshed multiple times to see any 'real-time' changes.

Ease of access by multiple users for a single document may cause some issues like multiple edits on the same time, or the risk of having someone sabotaging the documents.

Rather nit-picky opinion, but it does not have a personal customization capabilities like those on other Google applications like Gmail.

Overall: Easy to use, simple and no-nonsense, on top with the fact that it provides a generous 15GBs on free storage, Google Drive is my personal go-to cloud storage. With it's ease of file sharing, making sure that everybody can access the document is a breeze, editing them on the fly is seamless due to its integration with G Suite. The creme de la creme is that all of these are free, and you would only need to upgrade the plans if you're in desperate need of more storage.

Google Drive, a Meeting by Chance!

Oct 02, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: The best thing, first off is it's free, which is always a great thing! The second thing is that it can hold so much memory in the drive. I mean I have at least a thousand photos and tons of videos stored in it and never have any issues finding specific photos or videos (once I figured it all out, that is...)! I love that it shows a thumbnail of each photo/video, so you know what you are actually clicking into, which makes it a cinch to find any file at anytime, even on a tiny smart phone. It's always a plus that you can share photos or files so easily, with just a click of the button and it's paramount that they have the audience setting right in clear sight, as to no need to search and worry that your file just went public! Anyway, Google definitely has saved my days many times over!!

Cons: My only pet peeve about it is that it's not organized correctly. When I first started using it a few years back, I felt like I was going around in circles trying to access different areas of the drive? It took me awhile to wrap my brain around where things were saved to, when I accidentally clicked upload to drive and went searching all over for that one file! That's how the whole Google Drive thing started in the first place, by accident! Anyway, once I figured it all out, and believe me, google's "help" pages, at that time, did NOT help at all, I started using it all of the time. But I had so many duplicate files because of not being able to find them originally, it's not even funny, so that was my main pet peeve. And like all software, gadgets, computers, appliances, etc..., there's always a few glitches here and there, but that's to be expected and necessary some times! ;)

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Google Drive Review

Sep 29, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The best features of Google Drive are it's integration with other Google Services. What easily separates Google Drive from competing services like Dropbox and OneDrive are its immediate integration with on-line productivity tools and its ease-of-use for multiple user coordination. While other services such as OneDrive and Dropbox do make sharing easy, Google Drive stands out with its highly integrated productivity suite. OneDrive does have integration with Office Online tools, but the Microsoft online productivity suite lags behind Google in terms or ease-of-access and general use (Google has a several year head-start on Microsoft in the field of online productivity tools.)

Cons: There really aren't many cons about Google Drive, only minor thoughts that might be more personal to myself as a user or scale-specific security concerns that only apply to specific industries or projects. One such minor thing is I find folder navigation slightly cumbersome as compared to off-line file navigation programs on both Windows, Android, and Mac/iOS platforms I've used. However, this has also been my experience in OneDrive. This, then, indicates the problem may be more with myself as a user than the product. ;) Other issues regarding security for file sharing really only apply to regulated industries such as healthcare, financial, or social services industries that all have specific regulatory requirements and dedicated services for sharing files and information.

Overall: Google Drive is a fantastic service for personal and professional projects. Some security concerns with user-directed information distribution would make this product inappropriate for some industries. However, this is overall a must-use/must-know central piece of productivity software for any general office manager or coordinator!

Google Drive for G Suite - Pros easily outweigh the cons.

Sep 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: - Ease of use: it doesn't get easier than Google Drive. We use Google Drive with our business G Suite account, the ease of use makes onboarding new employees quick and simple which means less wasted time for management.

- Accessibility: Access from ANYWHERE. Instant upload and instant availability means accessing files on the go is simple and fast.

- File sharing: Add an email address and you're good to go. Easily set permissions for what that person is able to do (view only, edit, organize, share, etc.) and change those permissions just as quickly if need be.

- File sharing expiration: We love this feature. We share images with our clients and give them a time frame to have the option to download or save their files. You can customize that time frame for any length of time. After that window of time is up, the link automatically stops sharing. No setting reminders or deleting share permissions.

- Commenting on files: Just found this little gem and it's amazing. We have a lot of shared files and folders, you can easily comment or make notes on both. This is very helpful if the folder is missing something or a file needs annotating but you don't want to markup the actual file.

Cons: - File "corruption": Occasionally one of our shared files will be opened on a PC and someone else will open it on a Mac and for some reason that doesn't always go smoothly on the back end. The next time you open the file it sometimes says it's corrupted. Luckily, (a "pro") Google Drive automatically saves "versions" so you can fairly easily restore an earlier version before the file was corrupted and typically you don't lose any changes or information. Mostly just an inconvenience.

- Commenting on files: While this is a huge "pro", the only downside is that the comments are not timestamped or dated so it's hard to keep a string of comments or notes going to show updates or changes.

Overall: Our company shares a lot of files and folders within the company as well as outside our organization with customers. Google Drive has been a simple solution to keep everyone on the same page with shared files/folders and gives us the option to temporarily share files with clients using the permission expiration features. We love that it keeps everything in one place but is easily accessible from just about anywhere.

Brilliant but expensive

Sep 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: Stable and reliable, which I definitely need for my files.

This is very easy to use and fast. I can easily access my files online from anywhere.

There is also an offline version that is very easy for moving files around.

The folder structure is brilliant for organising my files but the real gold (as you'd expect from Google) is the search functionality. I can find my files very easily.

The beauty is that it is FREE.

The free storage space can be very generous but beware. See cons below.

Cons: The free storage space can be very generous but Google has been known to encourage you to link the photos and videos from your phone and store them on your drive pushing your usage up very quickly and they then reduce the space allowed overnight forcing you to either reduce your usage with time-consuming deleting and moving from your Google drive to your hard drive, or the easier option forcing you to pay them a subscription to buy more data. I didn't find this particularly ethical and it did put me off Google who have otherwise been very generous in disrupting the greedy software companies from emptying our bank accounts into theirs.

Moving files in Drive is really awkward, time-consuming, unpractical and not pleasant at all. The only way around it is to do it in the offline Windows Explorer version.

Overall: Before Drive, we had physical hard drives that fail and lose all of your data. Finding documents in the hard drives was difficult and of course, buying drives and backing them up was costly in terms of money and time.

Drive has given me a reliable, stable alternative to this which has the added benefits of access anywhere around the world and an offline version where I am off grid. Other than the unethical reduction of storage I'd advise everyone to store this way.

For ease of use- so so helpful!

Sep 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Google Drive has been a fantastic product to use in the line of work I do. I work for a designer who needs me to order product, keep maticulous details, create catalogs of merchandise ect... for that, google drive has been such a great collaborative tool! My work is seen in real time, the changes and comments can be made instantaneous and my work is ALWAYS saved!! I love that I can share and collaborate on every project and that my time spent ( billable time) is also tracked in the details of the folders! So helpful

Cons: Google Drive works best with a very high internet connection. My boss doesn't have such high speed internet and often the files won't load, won't print, ect. I often have to take screen shots or convert items to PDF's and email them just to have her see them. While these documents have lots of functionality... it is also limited to internet.

One more thing I absolutely HATE about google docs is that they don't have the functionality of the general Microsoft package. Simple things like - sorting A-Z in Sheets, or uploading images into cells need research and modules added into the system to make them function. While this is not a super big deal- when you have very large projects, it can be extremely hard to make the documents/sheets function properly. Some simple, easy features would go a long way!

Also- several times the google docs have caused my computer to freeze up or crash. I am not sure why this is, but it happens probably once or twice a week after I've been working in a google doc or sheet for a few hours. This is never convienient.

Overall: Overall I think the expirience with Google Drive is a very positive one! I hope they continue to improve the accessibility, ease of use, and overall customer expirience but I won't be giving it up ANY time soon!

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Cloud storage like no other

Sep 10, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I use Google Drive to store all my photos and files. All the files and folders gets uploaded on the backend; there is no need for a manual upload. Google drive's app allow searching for content easy and gives you access to the entire Gsuite in one place.

If you have Google photos then there is no 'Cap' to the amount of photos you can upload. It lowers the quality to 'HD' but it is more than good enough compromise to have a free unlimited storage. I have been using Google Drive to back up all of my photos over a year all free of cost.

I can also share files to my family and files very easily through any app or send an editable sharing link for collaborative work with your colleagues. Since it is also integrated with Gmail, you are able to save the email attachment directly from your Gmail to your Gdrive.

Cons: Google Drive's Mac app is not as intuitive as their mobile apps. On PC desktop computers if you have set up a folder to sync it sometimes does not sync fully and therefore does not update any new files you load into that folder - this is a big issue if you are using it to sync work documents.

On Mac, if you remove some files from your folder Google drive also removes those files from its system rendering the whole thing useless. Fortunately, this can be altered inside the setting but due to the app not being user friendly this information can get lost.

Overall: Overall, I love Gdrive for the unlimited storage offering and easy sharing ability of your files to friends, family and colleagues. The cloud storage offering is second to none, which overrides some of the nuances such file syncing problems.

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Ally of my personal and professional life

Sep 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Google Drive, like all applications developed by Google, is an excellent option to solve everyday problems and make use of technologies to have an easier life.

It is a tool that has enhanced the service that a cloud of storage on the Web normally offers. It allows you to save photos, save files in different formats, create files in the cloud to share with many people and everyone can edit them, as well as save large volume files of your emails and even create backup copies of your smartphones.

Pros

- It's an excellent cloud.

- If you have developed a document in the tool and share it with other people you can see it and edit it at the same time as you.

- You can upload heavy files and save them there to download them at any time or place.

- All the information is synchronized with your smart devices and you have it available anywhere in the world.

Cons: - If you do not protect your access password very well, you may lose information about your account.

- If a document has several editors and some of them delete the information you can lose it forever.

- If you want more storage you must subscribe to an expensive plan.

- You always need Internet to navigate in this tool.

Overall: I use Google Drive for many things. There I have put together documents of everything I need to have on hand both on the computer and on the smartphone.

I use it mainly to distribute a weekly session of journalistic work, in which each journalist has topics assigned to write his news in the week. In this way, everyone can see the news that each person has and the transparency in the work can be seen.

I also keep photos and videos that I want to keep forever.

I send serial chapters and movies from Venezuela to my brother who is in Spain. It's great, I recommend it 100%.

Google Drive - Collaboration made easy

Sep 08, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: My absolute favorite thing about Google Drive is the ability to collaborate with others. I have used Google Drive for my group assignments from middle school and all the way through to college. It has made group projects easy to keep track of and easy to share. I love how I can work on a word document, power point document or even an excel worksheet with anyone by simply sharing the link. It takes the hassle away from downloading programs because Google Drive is entirely online. I can access all my files from any device, any place, and any time. I don't even install word processor programs on my new devices anymore. I just use Google Drive because it's simple and it just works.

Cons: My biggest gripe about Google Drive is the lack of formatting and design options for things like Google docs and Google slides. The most accurate way to put it is that the programs are very bare bones. Most of the time you can get away with it but sometimes my professors require things to be formatted in such a way that Google docs and Google slides doesn't support. Google has added more functionality to google drive since it's release back in 2012, but if it wants to compete with Microsoft, they need to add more features that are in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Powerpoint.

Overall: I like the ability to have all my documents on the cloud. I don't have to worry about losing a document due to hard drive failure or deleting an document because it's always going to be online. Overall, I have to say even for a free software it's a complete bargain. You get most of the features of Word for free and it's entirely on the web browser. What's not to love about that? The only thing they can improve on in my eyes with Google Drive is if they added more flesh out options that could make Microsoft Word obsolete. I have to say overall my experience with Google Drive has been consistently positive and I will be using this software for many more years to come in both my academic and my future career.

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Collaborative tool to store information

Sep 05, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: - You only need to have a Gmail account, which until now is the best free email service that exists.

- It can be synchronized with all devices within our reach: personal pc, pc or work laptop, tablet or mobile, either installed on the devices as an application or entering through a web browser.

- Being able to synchronize with the devices mentioned above we only need access to the internet to enjoy your benefits. For the mobile application there is the possibility of configure the documents that

are necessary to edit them without connection to Internet.

- With internet access and device synchronization, we allows you to see the content stored in the cloud and the possibility of edit it and share it, the owner of the file is the one who selects who you can

edit or not.

- All kinds of information is stored, text files, sheets of calculation, presentations, music, video, images.

- It works in a similar way to a version manager, so it becomes a collaborative tool, in which you can review the changes made by other people.

- You can organize the content easily through folders.

- If people are familiar with the use of mail, it will be very easy handling of the tool, currently has improved the usability of Google Drive, is more intuitive, in its beginnings maybe It was a bit more complicated to understand, but it has had its improvements, , especially when looking for content.

Cons: The main problem I find is that the available size of free storage is 15Gb, which seems like a lot of space, but it's shared with email (Gmail) and Google Photos for backup copies, users like me, that receives great number of daily mails and heavy content because it is little space. Of course it is possible to extend it but it already implies a cost additional that some of us can not cover.

- By sharing a file or document and allowing it to be edited, we run the risk of losing it if by mistake the partner remove from the tool.

Overall: - Something really wonderful is that Google Drive allows you to scan or take a picture of a text and convert it into an editable document, it is say, you do not have to rewrite the content.

- I recommend with closed eyes to use Google Drive for the preparation of a thesis or special degree work, since you can return to an earlier version if you regret a change accomplished.

- A functionality that has helped us at work, is in the creation of forms, which allow to design small simple or multiple selection surveys to make some decision important.

An Excellent Collaborative Tool.

Aug 29, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: - Free Storage: With 15 GB of generous free storage, it successfully fulfills it's primary objective of saving space and providing an easy backup for your computer and mobile devices hard drives. Storing and downloading the backup is relatively easy as compared to other cloud softwares out there.

- Google Docs Integration: Google Drive isn't just about storage with it's integrated Google Docs, which is a web-based freeware office suite including Docs (word processor), Sheets (spreadsheet) and Slides (presentation) as it's companion apps and is great for producing varieties of contents. It provides almost real-time collaboration with others with it's options like suggested edits and comments.

- Intuitive Interface: It's online design has improved radically over the last few years. The main page shows thumbnails of your recent documents in the middle, a menu of all your folders (shared files, photos, starred, trash, etc.) along the left trail and options for sharing, previewing, seeing information about a selected file, etc. on the right. Syncing the data is quick where you just have to add your files to the Sync folder on your file system and the files will be uploaded to the cloud depending on your network speed.

Cons: - Security: If your privacy is your biggest concern, you should look for a more secured option as there's no end-to-end encryption on offer as well as Google collects data from your online activities for targeted ads. Thus, there's a threat to your data stored on the cloud.

- Pricing: Although it offers a sweet range of plans when it comes to the price, there are better deals present out there like Sync.com. That being said, with all the features it offers, you get your money's worth.

Overall: I've been using Google Drive for quite sometime now mainly for freeing up space on my hard drives and partially for creating and editing contents through Google Docs. With it's user-friendly Interface and quick access speed, it offers some excellent features at an affordable cost and hence, makes for a great collaborative productivity tool.

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Like most Google products...

Aug 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It's easy to use, it's generous storage, and it allows you to forego up front licensing models of competitors like Microsoft Office in favor of a subscription "pay for what you use" model.

We use Drive as a part of Google Apps for Enterprise, and I don't think you can diassociate those applications from Drive; they're bundled together. You either get all of them or none of them, basically, which is a plus or a minus, depending on your perspective.

Also, it's a bit weird to review just Drive without taking those other things into consideration, but I'll try.

Easily the most stable software platform we've ever subscribed to.

Cons: Customer support is always Google's weakest point. The company is congenitally against allowing customers to talk directly to support representatives, although it's definitely getting better about it lately.

Access is entirely dependend on internet access. If Comcast or Verizon lets you down, uh...you're kind of hosed.

Overall: We use Drive for all collaboration and for a lot of content creation. We create policy documents, collaborate on ideas, create tests and forms, and generally use the heck out of Google Drive and its related applications (Sheets, Docs, Forms, Slides, etc).

The Google business app ecosystem is incredibly powerful and user-friendly. It just works. It always works. It works so well you take it for granted. It works on desktop, it works on mobile. It works even better on ChromeOS.

Google Sign-In is perhaps the greatest security boon for administration, too. If you disable one account, all related functionality that relies on Google Sign-In is also disabled for that user, so multiple platforms can be administered from one console / user login. If an employee leaves, you just disable their account and all their logins to all the applications that use Google Sign-In are also disabled.

The permissions system is also good and getting better. It's very intuitive and works like it's supposed to.

We've been using Google Apps for Enterprise for 10 years now, and have never regretted it.

Google Drive like a Microsft Office with Cloud and Collaboration Built in for Free!!

Aug 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Good Drive is an easy to use and convenient cloud storage platform. I have been using Google Drive with my personal and professional life for about 10 years now. The account will be tied to your Gmail and is easy to access from your email. I believe Google gives you 15 GB for free when you start using it and anything additional is pretty cheap.

Google drive is convenient to have if you are using different devices to access files. I have it synced on my iPad, Android Phone, Laptop, and Desktop. It has specific apps for the mobile devices and even works with IOS. You can share files that might be too large to email by copying a link to it or inviting people to view and collaborate.

Google Drive also has docs, sheets, and presenter built into the platform. So basically it is like an entire Microsoft office for free with cloud and collaboration in it. What more can you ask for? Google drive is also great for collaboration for 2 or more people. You can set permissions with individual people on read only or editing documents. Each file or directory can have its own collaborators. If you haven't used Google Drive than you are missing out and worth trying out.

Cons: Nothing bad about a free product that does virtually everything you might want from it. Google gives you free space by default and additional space is cheap. I suppose the only thing that might improve is advanced features on Doc and Sheets. Make it more intuitive and easier to use advanced functions in these two platforms.

Google Drive

Aug 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: There is not just one thing I like most, so I have included several of my favorites:

*Being able to upload files to Google Drive in a matter of seconds.

*The ability to share documents with other people but with limits/permissions. For example, Tom needs some totals from my excel spreadsheet to include with his reports for management. When I share this file with Tom I give him permission to see the file, but not to make any changes or edit.

*When you share a file, an email is sent to the person letting them know that a file has been shared with them and includes a direct link to that file.

*Organization and search features are great and easy to navigate. You can create folders to keep files organized and if you are having trouble finding a file that someone has shared with you there is a filter that shows you all files that have been shared with you and by whom.

Cons: To be able to share and send files using Google Drive the recipient has to have a gmail email address. While many people do have a gmail account not everybody I correspond with has one.

Overall: I work as a Financial Officer and use Drive almost on a daily basis. There are multiple reports that are (updated either by me or the other users with edit permission) used in our weekly meeting and the data needs to be accurate, current and in a single format and Drive has allowed us to make this happen. Before Drive, everyone would print out and bring their reports and we would spend time flipping back and forth between pages and it was not productive and easy to become frustrated. Now using Google Drive we go into our meeting knowing that we are prepared and are able to accomplish our goals more quickly and efficiently than ever before.

Google Drive is a no-brainer when it comes to cloud storage and collaborative works.

Aug 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Google is well known for their incredibly featured packed and polished products and Google Drive is among one of their most useful tools. It's great that anyone that has a Gmail account will automatically have access to this since it's actually sharing the same storage space with your email inbox.

Simply put, Google Drive is a multi-purpose application that can be used to save and store important files (word documents, PDFs, spreadsheets), allowing you to access them anywhere, anytime and on any device as long as you have access to the Internet. You can also give and share access for others to either "view only" or allowing them to directly alter contents for your files or just provide comments on the side.

Google Drive can also be used as an "extension" of your own hard drive, where you can store files or even use it as a way to transfer files between your own devices or with others. Compared to others, Google Drive provides much more storage space and features that arguably makes it the best free cloud storage provider.

Cons: There's really not much not to like about Google Drive. If anything, the only big issue I have are the upgrade options for your storage space.

While the 15GB free option provides a lot of space, it can get used up quite fast for those who have been using Gmail for the past 10 years or more since it's sharing the same storage. The next upgrade immediately jumps to 100GB, which most would find to be way too much. Having a lower tier upgrade would make more sense for most people.

Google Drive is the best thing to ever happen to cell phones and computers alike.

Jul 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Google Drive is one stop software that is easy to use and navigate. It comes with a quick tutorial and then you're off to the races. The interface is easy to navigate, even for the novice among us. The best feature (of many) is the ability to save your photos, pdfs, contacts, copies of bills and really anything you can think of from your cell phone or computer with the quick touch of a button. There is no need to worry about running out of room on your cell phones internal storage or SIM card. You can feel secure knowing that once you send to and save the data to your Google Drive, you can delete it from your cell phone or computer and free up so much room, while still accessing it with a click of the Google Drive app.

Say you've saved an important document from your cell phone to your Google Drive, but your phone is dead and you need to access that document asap. As long as you sign into your Google account, you can retrieve that document on any other device that will go on-line.

Google Drive is also great for sharing documents between your home and work computers without having to worry about losing flash drives or incompatible software that can't open your file.

Never worry again that your digital photos will be lost to old hardware or software storage issues. Google Drive has a vast amount of storage space for every photo you take and even organizes them for you.

Cons: I would like Google Drive to offer a more in-depth tutorial for users who need a little extra help understanding the concept of external storage. While the tutorial is sufficient for most people, older generations could use a bit more help understanding all of Google Drives functions.

Overall: Google Drive changed the way I stored my photos, documents and bill copies. I no longer worry about having printer paper, ink or running out of storage on my devices. The ability of Google Drive to store and organise my photos has made it so much easier for me to locate important pictures and keep them safe.

Google Drive replaced every other storage device I used in the past. I no longer have file cabinets full of even years worth of paperwork, photo albums collecting dust on shelves, and numerous flash drives and external hard drives that needed to be plugged in and sorted to access anything.

Excellent for students

Jul 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I have worked as a teacher for a couple of years, during which I have used Google Drive on multiple occasions. You can upload files to this cloud easily and even download the mobile application on your smart phone so you can see what is in it at any time. It is very helpful in my profession, since it allows me to share any information with my students quickly and on the other hand, it allows them to send me back homework, essays and even presentations for the class. It is extremely easy to use, fast and allows you to upload large documents and even folders full of documents, photos and presentations.

Another great benefit is that it is free, so you only need a computer, tablet or smart phone to use it. This software can be used for work, study or even for personal use, since you can literally save what you want.

Cons: Google Drive is one, but the best storage cloud that is currently on the market, the only aspect I can find against is that after using the 15GB of free storage, you must pay to have more, something that not everything The world can be allowed, but that is totally reasonable considering the high quality of the software compared to others.

Overall: This software has been added to the tools that I use in class, becoming a fundamental aspect. It allows me to share files such as photos, documents, presentations or any type of information that can complement or improve their learning. It also allows me to organize all the information I have in the account so that I can access what I want in seconds. Finally, it helps me to receive assignments in class, essays, investigations, among others. Especially useful for receiving those large files, too heavy to be sent by mail.

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Google's got you covered!

Jul 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: When I said Google's got you covered... It may scare some of you in terms of privacy and lock-in with Google services. But the fact is that Google pretty much covers all my computing needs and having my files in their service streamlines my work (from email, straight to Drive, open with Docs/Sheets shared to almost anyone...) It just works for me.

The background sync app works flawlessly without much toll on computing resources. And the mobile app also is easy to use.

Google Drive has been updated/extended to include Team Drives (for our company). This further simplifies file access management and controls.

We basically backup everything in the cloud now. We work locally on our PCs, then we allow Google Drive to sync it in the background for backup. Drive is pretty intuitive to use both via the web browser, or even as if just accessing a file locally on your hard drive.

For devices with small storage capacity, you may select only the folders you need to sync with your device (and not the entire Drive).

Cons: Organizing your files and folder structure via the Web interface may be difficult (better option is to do it via File explorer via PC/Mac and then sync to the cloud).

Overall: Google Drive is a reliable place to store and backup your files on the cloud. Many other cloud services have folded-up, but I'm pretty confident that Google (Drive) service is here to stay. We never experienced any downtime with Drive, and as long as we're connected to the Internet, we have access to our files. Drive will simplify your workflow when using files across different devices and across different Google services (e.g., from email, to photos, to docs, sheets, etc). :)

I don't know what my life was before Google drive.

Jul 10, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: There aren't enough words to explain what I like most about Google Drive, so let me just explain how it has helped me. I use Google drive both personally and professionally. In my personal life, I have been able to digitize all of my family's important documents. I know that no matter what I always have access to birth certificates, medical cards, passports, immunization/medical records, and much more (like videos, mp3 files, etc) . This has saved me so much time, energy, and effort when I have needed to access them immediately. Plus I know they are safe and if anything ever happened to the physical copies my life would not be a total struggle trying to re-establish myself. Professionally, I used google drive at work everyday. I am able to work on the same files simultaneously and share and documents with co-workers. We are able to all use and view shared folders, which saves paper (and us from unnecessary emails and meetings because we all know exactly where to find the things we need. I also have the Google drive app on my phone and I love how it can be used with other apps (like CamScanner), which increases my overall productivity.

Cons: I don't really have a 'con' when it comes to this product. As long as I have wifi and can access my drive, I am good. I would suggest a best practice though. It is good to sort and keep your drive organized so you are not overwhelmed by everything you upload into it and are not struggling to find things when you need them.

Overall: There aren't enough words to explain what I like most about Google Drive, so let me just explain how it has helped me. I use Google drive both personally and professionally. In my personal life, I have been able to digitize all of my family's important documents. I know that no matter what I always have access to birth certificates, medical cards, passports, immunization/medical records, and much more (like videos, mp3 files, etc) . This has saved me so much time, energy, and effort when I have needed to access them immediately. Plus I know they are safe and if anything ever happened to the physical copies my life would not be a total struggle trying to re-establish myself. Professionally, I used google drive at work everyday. I am able to work on the same files simultaneously and share and documents with co-workers. We are able to all use and view shared folders, which saves paper (and us from unnecessary emails and meetings because we all know exactly where to find the things we need. I also have the Google drive app on my phone and I love how it can be used with other apps (like CamScanner), which increases my overall productivity.

Google Drive is the easiest way to access, create, edit, and share documents from anywhere.

Jun 21, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: There are several things I like most about Google Drive, one being accessibility. I use Google Drive on my computer, tablet, and phone with no loss of functionality. The ability to access files, especially large ones, without logging into the work server is convenient and easy. I can edit any of those files right then and there, without having to download them to a local drive, and then I can share it with any of my coworkers. Even better, Google Drive allows collaborative work, and we can work as a team on the same project. Because it is so convenient and easy, I immediately download the Google Drive app on any new device. The web version is great, and the app is right on par with the level of functionality I need. I think I might actually like the app better, just because the layout is bit more intuitive. Even so, every version of Google Drive I've used has mostly the same tools and ease of use. Also a favorite feature, is how integrated Google Drive has become with devices, other software, and applications. I have set it up as the default application for several functions on my mobile device, and the experience is seamless.

Cons: While my experience with Google Drive has been mostly positive, I do sometimes find it frustrating to use. 99% of the time, the cross-functionality and accessibility across a wide variety of devices and platforms is one of my favorite things. Sometimes, however, that 1% of the time, I will find that a perfectly normal file won't open properly, or when it was uploaded to Google Drive, it confirmed that action successful, but good luck finding where it went. Again, this is not a common occurrence, but it does seem to happen when I'm in a time crunch or have critical need for a file that I can't open.

Overall: It'd be easier to state what benefits I do NOT receive. The flexibility, accessibility, functionality, ability to share - all of these are critical at one time or another. Google Drive has ALL of this, neatly packaged and easy to use. We have cloud storage on our company network and it works well enough, but when anything goes wrong, we cannot access files. Google Drive has yet to go down - I can access my files from anywhere. For me, the app makes it even better. Since my phone is my main mobile device, I have access to Google Drive anywhere. The app makes it so simple to use, and I don't have to use any additional apps to accomplish my tasks. I've also noticed that if there is a file upload size limit, I don't know what it is because none of my files have ever triggered a warning, and some of my files include graphics. Also, the amount of storage is massive - more than enough for my needs and then some.

A Simple-To-Use but Feature-Rich Cloud-Based Storage System

Jun 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: There are number of great features about Google Drive. As a cloud file manager, it has almost all the features one would need. It allows for sorting, color coordination, folders, and your run-of-the-mill copy, paste, and move features. The user-interface is smooth, simple, and intuitive. Using a minimalist design, Google Drive does an excellent job of incorporating each and everyone one of its features flawlessly.

Furthermore, Google Drive has sharing capabilities. Built into its programming, Sharing allows the user to have certain documents that can be edited simultaneously alongside other Google Drive users. If you want to only give them read access, that is available as well. While anyone can provide a system by which documents can be sorted and stored in the cloud, sharing and collaboration does take it to the next level.

The best function of Google Drive, however, would be its ability to work as a backup. When downloaded to a computer, Google Drive can be used to automatically back up items to Google Drive in case of any theft or damage to your personal devices. A nice feature is that it works both ways. If I were to take a document off of the backup, edit it, and then re-upload it, it would update my changes to my computer. This allows for increased productivity.

Google Drive is certainly one of the most feature-rich and design-intuitive cloud-based storage systems available today.

Cons: While file managing, backups and user friendliness are great, there are some features that Google Drive does not offer. For instance, there is no item count on folders. Furthermore, when downloading a large number of files, it automatically zips files rather than giving you the option to download them zipped or separately. Storage is somewhat pricey once the first 5 GB of free storage is used up, although one can avoid any cost by simply monitoring the amount of storage used.

A Platform to store and share images/videos/doc etc, without having to compromise with the quality

Jun 08, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 1. You can store various kind of data files (for ex. .zip, .jpeg, .avi, .mp3 etc)

2. It has auto save feature, i.e automatically saves the changes made, at the same time.

3. The app version (for android, apple) allows for offline viewing.

4. You can share files, by adding the person to access or by sharing the link.

5. You can share files, with privacy level chosen by you (Only view/ Can edit etc.).

6. An initial of 15GB space is available to the user, which pretty much sufficient.

7. It has device versatility, can be shared between all sorts of devices (for ex. all the version of Windows, Mac etc).

Cons: 1. There are apps to view, sometimes edit document offline, but still it's easier to store it locally on PC.

2. After free 15GB storage, it asks for payment in USD, to increase the storage further.

3. At the end of the contracted service period, google asks to renew the plan.

4. Few of the apps, which work with Google Drive, ask for payment for full access to them.

5. Google's business model is predicating and analyzing vast amounts of personal information and then selling it to advertisers. So if we see, our private data is accessible to them, which is not preferable.

Overall: 1. I have access to 15GB free storage.

2. I share files and documents with people.

3. Sharing images on Whatsapp would reduce the quality, so the Google Drive helped me share stuff with people, without having to compromise with the quality.

4. I have my important presentations and docs also saved and stored in it, be it videos, images, documents, presentations.

5. I'm having a good backup, if I somehow loose stuff from my PC.

6.. I will continue to use it in future as well.

Thank you.

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Pretty decent cloud storage and hosting for no cost at all

May 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I work as a part time online English Tutor. Google Drive has been one (among the many) FREE online program that I use to teach. Here are the things that I like about it.

1. Enables one to save files (documents, photos, videos, audio files) other than your computer hard drive. It's like a back up storage just in case your PC crash. I do not store any documents with sensitive information though.

2. I can access my files anywhere I am as long as I have internet connection.

3. Allows me to sync across devices.

4. I can share documents to others. I used Google Drive to host some PDF lesson materials for my online tutoring. I just give the link to my students and they can view the PDF file. There is no need for them to download the material.

5. I can also store some video files. Google Drive does not only store, but host it as well. I will just include the link in my document. Student clicks on the link, and watch the videos. Google Drive used to host my audio files too (for listening exercises) but for some reason, it stopped. I have to download a third party audio software since then.

Cons: For some reason, Google Drive stopped hosting my audio files directly. Whenever I try to open the link, it tells me to download a third party audio software. If it is just me, I wont mind, but some of my students are not technical. And they shun to anything that will require them to download due to fear of malwares and virus.

Overall: I was able to share lessons materials (PDF documents and videos) with my students without the need to download it on their end. Making online learning safer (computer) on my student's end.