On December 11, 2017, Google Drive for Mac/PC desktop sync will no longer be supported and will be shut down entirely on March 12, 2018. Google is offering two replacement apps and encourages those running the Drive app on their computer to install Drive File Stream.
What is Drive File Steam?
Drive File Stream is a new desktop application available to organizations that allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer, meaning you use almost none of your hard drive space and spend less time waiting for files to sync.
How does it work?
With Drive File Stream, you can:
- Quickly see all your Google Drive files in Finder/Explorer.
- Browse and organize Google Drive files without downloading all of them to your computer.
- Choose which files or folders you’d like to make available offline.
- Open files in common apps like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.
Please note, users who are running the Drive app will start to see notifications that the app is going away and offer to upgrade/install the replacement app Drive File Stream. This is a legitimate message from Google, and you may click “Install Drive File Stream” to begin the installation.
What is Backup and Sync?
The second replacement offered called Backup and Sync provides fewer features, requires additional configuration and all of your Drive data will be stored locally on your computer which may cause errors or reduced processing speeds. If you choose to install Backup and Sync, we recommend contacting TechHelp and do not install both replacements.
Questions? Comments? Email TechHelp@fitnyc.edu or call 212 217.HELP (4357).
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