Drive File Stream vs Google Backup and Sync

 
 

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File Stream vs Backup and Sync

There are some huge differences between these two applications. Perhaps most importantly, Drive File Stream is only available to Google's commercial G Suite accounts. If you're leveraging a consumer Google Account, Backup and Sync is your only option. This also means Team Drives are only available with File Stream.

Both applications install directly onto your PC or macOS device. Neither application supports Windows Server, although we have run and continue to run Backup and Sync installed on Windows Servers when the service was initially launched. 

 

Do you need either of them? 

The sole purpose of File Stream and primary feature of Backup and Sync is to create a bridge. A bridge between your computer and the cloud. Traditional file formats like Word, Excel, are most easily accessed from your computer. If you've embrace Google's web-based file formats, there's no need to download and install one of these applications onto your machine. 

 

Can you use both? 

Yep. Why would you? You might use File Stream on your computer for work and/or school but also want to use Backup and Sync to backup other directories on your machine(s). If you're going to use both (for the same account) we'd recommend not enabling the sync settings of Backup and Sync. 

 

Can you use multiple accounts? 

Yes. Both services support multiple accounts, although they do so in different ways. Drive File Stream provides and easy way to 'toggle' accounts. This allows you to quickly switch back and forth between accounts. 

 
 

 

Backup and Sync will allow you to run multiple accounts simultaneously with the "Add New Account" option. You can only backup a particular directory to one account.  

 
 

 

Which one is right for you? 

If you have a G Suite account, Drive File Stream is the better solution for syncing files. The application can easily bring nearly unlimited resources to your computer regardless of the size of your hard drive. This is also Google's 'enterprise' solution so improvements are coming fast, including the ability to avoid conflicts in traditional file formats. If you want to backup data to Drive, you can leverage Backup and Sync simultaneously. Best of both worlds! 

If you don't have a G Suite account, well the decision is made for you ;) 

 

See some of the differences between Backup and Sync & Drive File Stream

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