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How To Install and Use Google Drive File Stream

Our education Google Workspace account allows all users (students, faculty, staff) to store an unlimited number of files on Google Drive. By storing your files there, you will not only be putting them in a safe place for backup purposes, but you'll also save significant storage space on your device. And, they are available for you to use on any device that is connected to your SNC Google Workspace account.

Google's article "What can you do with Drive?" provides some valuable information on how to use Google Drive. You can simply use the Google Drive web interface by dragging and dropping files between your computer and their web site via your browser (Chrome preferred).

But if you have a laptop or desktop computer (Windows or Mac), we also recommend installing Google's Drive File Stream program, which puts a network folder on your computer. You can then simply drag and drop files between your computer and your "G" drive. All files stored there are automatically sync'd with your Google account, and they do not take up space on your computer.

IMPORTANT: Google has a similar program called "Backup and Sync", which is not appropriate for education and business accounts like ours.

Google has this great article on how to install and use Drive File stream:

When you properly use Google Drive on a daily basis to store and manage all of your important files, you will not only save significant storage space on your computer, but you'll also insure that if you have a hardware failure or if you need to change/upgrade computers, you won't lose any valuable data.

Is It Installed?

On Windows, you can see the GDFS icon in the system tray (you may have to click the little up arrow). You can right click on the icon for more information or to change settings.


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