Legacy Google Drive desktop sync client now shutting down

 

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Good-bye Google Drive ... hello File Stream and Backup and Sync

Google has started notifying customers of their plans to discontinue the current Drive desktop sync client. Thankfully there's only upside to Google's changes. Customers will gain access to File Stream and Backup and Sync. 

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File Stream vs. Backup and Sync

G Suite customers have access to both of Google's new desktop applications for Drive. If you're using a personal version of Google Drive, you're limited to the Backup and Sync application. 

What are some other differences? 

  • File Stream intelligently streams files and folders to your PC and/or Mac without consuming space on your hard drive. This is huge if you're replacing your Windows file server. 
  • File Stream syncs Team Drive folders to your device(s). 
  • File Stream mounts as a network resource - creating common resource paths across Users 
  • Backup and Sync works exactly like the current Google Drive client but adds the ability to backup other folders on your computer - your Desktop for example. 
  • File Stream offers the option to switch accounts while Backup and Sync allows for multiple instances to be run simultaneously.  

You can use both

If you're a G Suite user, you can use File Stream and Backup and Sync simultaneously. They can be setup on the same or different Google accounts - the same work account or a work and personal account for example. If you're going to use both, you'll want to use File Stream to sync and Backup and Sync just for backup to avoid unnecessary clutter. 

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