Google Drive is a cloud storage service that allows storing and synchronizing files over a network. In simple words we can imagine Google Drive as a storage space of data, a hard disk instead of being physically present in our computer is hosted by Google on its servers and is accessible from any device connected to the Internet.
Using Google Drive can store and share files, documents, photos, music, videos and view them from any computer, tablet or smartphone connected to the Internet. All files are private but if you choose to share them can become accessible to anyone
Google Drive can be used in two different ways: via the Web or via PC by installing an application on your computer. If you choose to install the application on your computer, you create a folder on your desktop that will automatically sync with Google Drive on the web. Any files added to this folder will be stored in Google Drive on the web and on any file in Google Drive on the web will be displayed in this folder.
GOOGLE DRIVE ON THE WEB
Important: we recommend using Google Chrome as a Web Browser to simplify the upload. If we use different Web browser (Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox) we will have to upload each file individually because the upload folder is not supported.
HOW TO CONNECT TO GOOGLE DRIVE ON THE WEB
Connect to the official website of Google Drive .
We click on the button Go to Google Drive .
To use Google Drive we have to use a Google account (if you have a Gmail account, we can also use it to Google Drive).
If we do not have a Google account we click on Create Account . If you already have a Gmail account we type username andpassword used to access Gmail and do click Login .
HOW TO UPLOAD FILES AND FOLDERS FROM YOUR COMPUTER TO GOOGLE DRIVE ON THE WEB
To upload files or folders have to drag them from your computer in Google Drive on the web in this way.
Rimpiccioliamo window Browse Web (Google Chrome).
We position the mouse pointer over the item you want to load.
We press and hold down the button left mouse button.
Drag the file or folder in the My files to Google Drive opened in the Web Browser.
We release the left mouse button.
A window will appear that shows the progress of loading.
We can also drag and drop files directly within a folder or subfolder.
To select multiple files or folders at the same time holding down the button on the computer keyboard Ctrl .
We click with the left mouse button on the file you want to upload to highlight it. I click on each file you want to load (keeping pressed Ctrl ).
We release the key Ctrl .
We click with the left mouse button on any of the highlighted files and drag it in the window My files to Google Drive.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD FILES AND FOLDERS TO GOOGLE DRIVE ON THE WEB ON YOUR COMPUTER
To download files or folders to Google Drive directly to the computer position the mouse pointer over the item you want to download.
click with the right mouse button.
We select Download and we click with the left mouse button.
We choose Save file and do click OK .
GOOGLE DRIVE ON YOUR PC
HOW TO DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL GOOGLE DRIVE ON YOUR COMPUTER
connect to the official website of Google Drive .
We position the pointer on muose Download Drive .
We click on Mac and PC .
I click Agree and Install .
Let’s click Save file .
We close the window of the Web Browser.
Open the file googledrivesync. exe we just downloaded to your computer to start the installation process.
When the installation window opens Welcome to Google Drive .
We click Start .
We type email and password of our Google account and do click Login .
click on Next and Finish to complete the installation process.
At this point it will appear on the computer desktop to Google Drive folder.
HOW TO UPLOAD FILES AND FOLDERS FROM YOUR COMPUTER TO GOOGLE DRIVE ON YOUR PC
The Google Drive folder on your desktop computer is an identical folder to any other folder on your PC. Inside we can drag, edit, save, and rename files. The only major difference with other Windows folders is that the Google Drive folder issynchronized with our Google Drive on the web . This means that any operation performed to a file in this folder will be reflected directly in the file in Google Drive on the web . For example, if we move a document folder in the Windows Recycle Bin will be deleted in this My file on the Web. Important : the changes made will be applied to the file in question at the next synchronization between PC and Gooogle Drive on the web.
SETTINGS GOOGLE DRIVE ON YOUR PC
Let’s see what are the available settings in Google Drive on your PC and how they can be changed.
To view the settings, at the bottom right in the taskbar of Windows do click the Goolge Drive . If the icon is not present and we click on the arrow Show hidden icons .
In the upper right we click on the three vertical dots.
We click on Preferences …
This opens the Preferences: Google Drive .
• Only sync some folders with the computer
If you select this option we can choose which folders within My files synchronize with your computer. Deselect folders you do not want to synchronize.
I click Disconnect account … if we want to connect the Google Drive folder on your desktop computer with an account other than the one we are using.
We click Increase storage space if you want to buy more storage space in Google Drive.
In Proxy settings we can choose whether to use or not use a proxy.
In Settings bandwidth select Limit to if we want to choose the speed of download and upload speeds (in kilobytes per second) from assign to Google Drive. Select No limit to allow the maximum speed.
In System Settings choose Start Google Drive at boot if we want the synchronization solutions among the items in the Google Drive folder and the items in My file is started immediately after booting Windows.
The option Display status icons of file synchronization and the context menu allows you to show a v on files and folders in Google Drive folder on your PC to indicate that they are in sync with Google Drive on the web.
The storage space offered by Google Drive is currently 15 GB but can be increased at any time a monthly subscription. Free space is not reserved exclusively to Google Drive but is shared with Gmail and Google+ Photos.
TO CHECK THE AVAILABLE STORAGE SPACE IN GOOGLE DRIVE
To see how much storage space we have available connect in Google Drive on the web.
We position the mouse pointer in the lower left of the page.
A window which indicates the amount of space still available (divided between Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos) .
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU EXCEED THE LIMIT OF 15 GB
If you spend all the free storage and overcome the limit of 15GB will receive a notice (in each of the three online services of Google) that will require us to free up space as soon as possible or get a new supply.
If not liberate space, after a certain period of time we will not be able to send and receive e-mail messages on your Gmail account. The e-mail messages arriving will be returned to the sender until it is freed space to store them.
HOW TO FREE STORAGE SPACE IN GOOGLE DRIVE
To reduce the amount of space we have to delete files, or empty the trash of Google Drive. Deleted files but still present in the basket of Google Drive occupy storage space, just as happens to the files in the Windows Recycle Bin. If the trash are the deleted items, svoutandolo we can recoup some of the storage space.
HOW TO SEE THE SHARE OF SPACE USED BY EACH FILE OR FOLDER
To view the amount of space used by a file connect in Google Drive on the web.
We position the mouse pointer in the lower left of the page.
In the window that appears, we click on Drive .
They will be listed all the items in Google Drive ordered depending on the size (see the column Quota Used ).