Backup and Sync is a new way to store your files and folders by Google Drive
If you are using Google Drive then things are going to get bigger! On June 28th they will launch Backup and Sync from Google Drive. With this is a new tool users will be able to check out and backup files from any folder you point. This means you can locate files and folders from your desktop, your documents folder and more specific locations.
According to a post from Google Backup and Sync is built to help everyday users back up files and photos from their computers, so they’re safe and accessible from anywhere.
Also the new tool is primarily intended for consumer users.
But, it’s not very clear how exactly you can use the backup feature. We assume that users will be able to open and edit files inside Drive, as always. But, we don’t know how exactly the sync will work with multiples computers and devices.
Also there is the issue of space. The files and folders you handle with the new tool via Google Drive could raise your free limit. You see that it is pretty easy to fill up the 15GB of free space.
Maybe, this is why Google recommends that G Suite customers continue to use Drive for Mac/PC until the release of the new enterprise-focused solution, Drive File Stream, is made generally available to all G Suite Basic, Business, Enterprise, Education, and Nonprofit domains later this year.
We believe that Google should come up with a new pricing solution, if they want the feature to be used by individual users. And yes, they give you 15GB of storage but if you want more space you might end up paying quite a lot. For example 1TB of storage will cost about $100 a year while other companies offer unlimited storage and syncing costs with half the price.
But, to be fair, Backup and Sync looks like a very useful tool. Especially if you want to have flexibility in your syncing apps. For more details, check out the blog post for more information. And if you’re interested in trying Drive File Stream, sign up for the Early Adopter Program (EAP).