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Google Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync

 


Google Drive desktop app for both the Mac and PC is being replaced with Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync. Support ended on December 11, 2017 and the app will be shut down completely on May 12, 2018.


Google Drive File Stream is an entirely new feature that streams My Drive and Team Drive files directly from Google to your computer taking up very little space. When you open a file with File Stream, it downloads and makes it availalbe in an application. To learn more see our Install Google File Stream.


Backup and Sync is two tools in one.  Sync your My Drive documents to your hard drive.  If your My Drive is using 7GB then you need that same amount of space available on your hard drive. Backup your Desktop, Documents and Picture folders to your Goggle Drive account.  To learn more visit Google back up & sync.

Compare these two features:

Feature

Drive File Stream

Backup and Sync

Access My Drive like any other folders on your hard drive

Y

Y

Can access files in Team Drives*

Y

N

Stream files on demand

Y

N

Sync only selected files and or folders

Y

Y

Backup folders, such as Documents or Desktop

N

Y

Use application like MS Word and Photoshop

Y

Y

Can save files directly to My Drive

Y

Y

Takes up minimal hard disk space

Y

N

*You must have full permissions to edit Team Drive files in File Stream.



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