What is Google Drive?
Google drive is an enhanced version of Google Docs which introduces My Drive. This is the new home for all your files. Google Drive gives you extra mobility as you can sync files from your computer to My Drive which can be downloaded to your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad or Android device. So, wherever you are, your files can be shared with other users and, if they are Google docs files, edited in real-time.
- You get 5GB of storage space for uploaded files
- Virtually unlimited space for Google files e.g. Google Docs, Spreadsheets etc.
- It allows the upload of all file types
- It offers optional mobile and desktop clients that allow syncing for offline work
To start using Google Drive, log into Connect and click on the Google Docs link on the Home tab. Using the web interface you can upload, share and edit files in real-time.
You can sync your My Drive folder with your PC, Mac or mobile device by downloading and installing Google Drive. You can drag-and-drop files into the Google Drive folder on you PC/Mac and they will be synced with your online folder. You can install Google Drive on multiple devices.
When you install the Google Drive for Mac/PC sync client, it creates a folder on your computer named Google Drive. Anything you put in this folder is synchronized with Google Drive on the web, and also becomes available on all your Google Drive devices.
During the installation you will be asked to sign in to Google Drive. Enter your UCD email address into the username field, leave the password blank and click login. At the next screen, enter your UCD Connect username and password.
Google Drive can be synced to smart phones. How to sync to an iPhone/iPad or Android device
Click on the icons below for instructions on installing Google Drive on Windows or Mac.
Google Apps and your privacy
For information on how your information is protected please click here
For an overview, list of features and help about Google Drive click here
For a guide on getting started with Google Drive click here