Some people don’t have the time or patience to sync their local computers with Google Drive online and allow it to clog up their bandwidth and generally slow down their machine while it does whatever it does.
In principle, it’s a good idea to back up your work, and everything else for that matter, partly because the files become available anywhere from any device.
And since Google offers unlimited storage to some of its G Suite business users, the practice is not just a good idea, it would probably be recommended for most business users, small and large.
But why does it take so long? Maybe it’s just some computers and not all of them, but if it were to work in a less disruptive way, it’s likely that everyone would be using it.
Certainly Google is trying to make backing up to, and syncing with, its G Suite Drive more attractive.
Recently it launched the latest version of the Google Drive application, featuring Backup and Sync – in fact, “Backup and Sync” seems to be the name of Google Drive now.
Primarily intended for consumer users, Backup and Sync is a prelude to what Google’s got planned for enterprise users, and that product is called Drive File Stream.
Drive File Stream is currently in early adopter program mode, but Google provides some information about it on its website.
The main advantage of the Drive File Stream seems to be that it doesn’t require you to download your files from the internet in order for you to access them on your computer.
The files stay online and you just access them through your computer. This is like the way you might use Drive through your web browser.
As Google explains, “when you need to view or edit a file, it automatically streams from the cloud, on-demand”.
That might sound quite appealing to anyone who’s had at least some of their working days ruined by computers freezing up and intermittent access to the internet caused by their onboard Google Drive application apparently trying to sync or download the contents of the entire worldwide web or something.
The other nifty-sounding feature is the option of editing your files on the Drive File System while working within an application on your computer.
So, say you’re editing a Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop document. Whatever changes you make to those documents will be automatically saved to Drive and can be accessed from any other device, according to Google.
That also sounds like the way Google Drive works in a browser, which was always the preferred method for people who don’t like to be interrupted by storage syncing apps to the extent they usually switch them off or uninstall them because they’re just too annoying.
Early access to the Drive File Stream is available through Google’s G Suite.