Updated May 8 - As previously announced, the old Drive desktop sync client for Mac and PC (officially known as “Google Drive for Mac/PC”) will be decommissioned starting May 12th, 2018. Google is decommissioning this tool as improved sync solutions have since been introduced for Drive users. Here are some important things to know:
If you haven’t already, upgrade to a newer sync solution.
Google recommends non-consumers (e.g. UAlberta G Suite accounts) to use Drive File Stream, as this solution provides access to content in Team Drives. Backup and Sync which is primarily intended and designed for consumer users is also available. Backup and Sync syncs and stores Drive content locally on your computer which may require additional disk space. For more information on choosing the right sync solution see the comparison chart at the end of this article.
Once the old client is decommissioned, your Google Drive folder will stop syncing.
When the legacy Google Drive desktop sync client is decommissioned, it will stop syncing the Google Drive folder to Google Drive. The local Drive folder (containing any files) will not be deleted from the machine, but changes made inside this folder will no longer sync to Drive.
Available now to UAlberta users! Drive File Stream is a new desktop application that allows users to quickly access Google Drive files on demand, directly from their computer, without the need to wait for files to sync and use up large amounts of hard drive space.
With Drive File Stream, users can:
With this launch:
Known issues and limitations:
|Feature||Drive File Stream||Backup and Sync|
|Access files in My Drive|
|Access files in Team Drives|
|Stream files on demand|
|Sync only selected folders in My Drive|
|Sync only individual files in My Drive|
|Use native applications like MS Word and Photoshop|
|Sync other folders, such as Documents or Desktop|
Drive Help Center - Drive File Stream:
Sync work or school files to your computer with Drive File Stream: https://support.google.com/drive/answer/7329379
Drive Help Center - Back up & sync files with Google Drive: https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2374987?hl=en&ref_topic=6069785