With Drive File Stream the cloud can replace your server

Drive File Stream - the new kid in town 

Drive File Stream - the new kid in town 


If you're working to replace your file server with Google Drive, let us help! Google incentivizes us to help organizations of all shapes and sizes. Ask if you're eligible for G Suite Business at $6.67 per user rather than $10. G Suite Business provides Team Drives and Unlimited storage!

What is it?

Drive File Stream is an application installed on your Windows PC or macOS device. It provides 'local' access in File Explorer or Finder to all your organizations content - Word files, Excel, PDFs, Video, CAD files, and more. You'll never need to VPN into a server again! Drive File Stream is a way to access all of your Google Drive files, including Team Drives, directly from your Mac or PC, without taking up space on your hard drive. The application does not require you to download your files first in order to access them from your computer. Instead, when you need to view or edit a file, it automatically streams from the cloud, on-demand! 

Key benefits include:

  • Access, search and manage files on-demand from your computer in seconds. No more VPNs!
  • Get just the files you need and make certain files available for offline use later.
  • Access your work even quicker, as your most-used files become available in the background intelligently.
  • Avoid the risk of users downloading all of your company data to their hard drives.

Why you want Drive File Stream to replace your server?

Work from anywhere.  Drive File Stream enables you to access your files anywhere you can connect to the internet on your phone or computer! All you need is an internet connection. Free up space - File Stream only downloads your files locally as needed, taking up space in the cloud instead of on your computer.  This can save your hard drive eliminate the need to troubleshoot access to additional storageCollaborate on any type of documents.  You can use Google Drive with DOCX, XLSX, PDF, CAD, GIF, MOV, and more. You may be able to save money by consolidating content to Google Drive and replacing systems like traditional file servers, Dropbox, Egnyte, Citrix ShareFile, NAS devices, and more. 

How do you get it?

First, you need G Suite - a solution for your email and file sharing and storage.  Then you can download Drive File Stream by following these steps. 


Visit Drive.Google.com and Click "Settings" - select "Download Drive File Stream for Windows or Mac

Select the right version for your Operating System 


Heads up for macOS Users

You may be greeted with a system alert regarding a "System Extension Blocked"

This can safely be ignored, visit System Preferences to 'Allow'



Here's the download and install process!