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Google’s Gdrive arriving in 2009

The service has the potential to eclipse even Gmail, Google’s second best-known product after their google.com search engine. That said, it’s no wonder users have been ripe with anticipation for years – yes, that’s how long the rumors have persisted. Gdrive is basically online storage where Google servers have enough capacity to hold the entire contents of your hard drive. It will likely also come with enough brains to do cool tricks now with bigger things down the road – like booting your computer from online drive to load the Google operating system.

Gdrive is basically a cloud-based storage that should have two faces: A desktop client that keeps local and online files and folders in two-directional sync via a web interface for accessing your desktop files anywhere and anytime, using any network-enabled computer. In addition, it will come tightly integrated with other Google services to enable editing of supported document types, like spreadsheets and presentations via Google Docs, email via Gmail, images via Picasa Web Albums, etc.

This opens powerful possibilities. For instance, you could start working on a spreadsheet at home and continue via Gdrive web interface accessed in an Internet cafe. When you arrive back home, changes to the spreadsheet have already trickled down from the cloud to your desktop. The idea, of course, is all but revolutionary, but Google’s execution could set it apart.

Source: TG Dialy, Image by zdnet

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  1. bdv
    January 20th, 2009 | 15:07

    Looks very useful !

  2. moli
    January 20th, 2009 | 15:14

    yeah, lets give away all your remaining personnal data for data mining

  3. anon
    January 20th, 2009 | 15:15

    wow, google docs are questionably secure. now I can have all my files hacked by identity thieves in china. awesome. thanks google

  4. alan
    January 20th, 2009 | 15:20

    think ill stick to a usb stick

  5. Affar
    January 20th, 2009 | 15:23

    You can use M$ online drive which is integrated with their services…

  6. Caleb
    January 20th, 2009 | 15:56

    Why would anyone put identity information on an online hard-drive anyway?

  7. BEWARE
    January 20th, 2009 | 15:58

    Beware of the Google people !! They are planning a complete takeover of the world very soon. They are currently secretly training a Google Army that's going to surpass the military of the U.S , Russia and China combined.

    Google is the Antichrist and the New Google Order will rise soon.

  8. Marc
    January 20th, 2009 | 16:14

    #7 – MAJOR FAIL on your weak attempt at comedy.
    don't quit your dayjob.

  9. AR
    January 20th, 2009 | 16:16

    @7 I thought it was funny. "New Google Order" lol

  10. James A
    January 20th, 2009 | 16:21

    lol@Marcs 'Don't quit your day job'.. comment.

    I too don't like the idea of keeping stuff on a system 1,000's of miles away. – I feel like it could easily be lost – or abused.

    But to be honest, this is probably what people thought of keeping files on their computer hard drives instead of on hardcopy paper all those years ago.

    In regards to the whole…'work at the office, then access it from home…..NO> we should leave our work at the office. Home is for playtime!

    … Or if your desperate. Use a £3.00 USB stick. – Sorted.

  11. mutt99
    January 20th, 2009 | 16:22

    First they scammed Yahoo for a search engine. The unit looks exactly like my LaCie external hard drive. LaCie is already under $100 for 500GB. Google won't top that. And LaCie offers a designer unit, without fan cooling. I transferred 30GB to the unit, in 20 minutes.

    What exactly is Google offering? EXD users still require use of an outside operating system.

    Who's sick of saving to CDs and DVDs? Because I have some sensitive data, I save everying to 2 different LaCie drives. If one screwed up, I would still have another. And I don't have to wait for lengthy burns, that often don't work. I tossed a couple of hundred disks and stopped using an online save system, when I started hard disk saving. Also, files open quicker on EXDs because few operating system files are used. Of course, the hard drives can be scanned for viruses.

    Google won't get a cent of my money. They turnover confidential data to police services, without a fight. And they helped China battle dissidents. They are whores.

  12. voodoo
    January 20th, 2009 | 16:26

    My max upload is a lousy 40kB/s (315kb). I think it would take about a year to upload my 1TB HDD to GDrive, and thats at full capacity 24hrs a day. LOL

  13. Dave
    January 20th, 2009 | 16:28

    @7 I was thinking the exact same thing =D

  14. john
    January 20th, 2009 | 16:41

    People who put personal information on their computer are just asking for it. I dont put one indicator of who I am anywhere on my hard drive. And if I buy something online I use a Visa gift card that way they dont get my actual account information. And as far as files that need stored I just burn them to blank DVDs. That way it keeps my main HD at the maximum capacity. I never had a BIG BROTHER all my life and I sure dont need one now.

  15. fat_fighter
    January 20th, 2009 | 16:43

    I wonder if this could also be an alternative to rapidshare etc.

  16. john
    January 20th, 2009 | 16:47

    "For instance, you could start a movie at home and continue via Gdrive web interface accessed in an Internet cafe. When you arrive back home, the movie has already trickled down from the cloud to your HD and the authorities have been alerted." This is just another way for them to keep tabs on everyone. No thanks google. Ill do as one person mentioned and use external HDs.

  17. Encryption
    January 20th, 2009 | 16:49

    You know you can always just compress your files in a rar with a password. The newer version of rar support AES encryption and it can even encrypt the file names. Many ways to go about this to keep your online files safe if you don't trust the provider. Heck even the basic form of encryption should be sufficient because how important of an individual are you? I can understand the concern if you are developing secret plans or are a big corporate leader, but most of us are too insignificant for people to care. So just a simple file encryption should do it for most of us.

  18. a47
    January 20th, 2009 | 16:52

    What happens when the US declares war on Europe in a few years time (I think we're next aren't we, they're working their way round the globe) then will i be able to get my files back?

  19. klark kent
    January 20th, 2009 | 17:07

    just one more way to go over my bandwidth cap.

    No thanks.

  20. Azra Dark
    January 20th, 2009 | 17:08

    I for one welcome our Google overlords…

  21. Samplez
    January 20th, 2009 | 17:32

    when is proper out?

  22. google SUCKS
    January 20th, 2009 | 17:58

    fcuk gluegle

  23. dave dave dave
    January 20th, 2009 | 18:02

    @11 mutt99

    http://www.g-technology.com/

    that drive in the picture is from g-technology, they are nothing to do with google.

    The bit about working on excel at home in the cafe and at work is already available with google docs.

    The G-Drive idea will allow you to store all you rips online! hopefully they will include a built in player.

    WHAT WOULD YOU STORE ONLINE?????????????

  24. ur4llsux0rs
    January 20th, 2009 | 18:04

    Is this better than Halo?

  25. Mantra
    January 20th, 2009 | 18:34

    Hmm…. No thanks. After that thing with their browser (where they say they can use whatever info they what for whatever purpose they want), I'll just use the good ol' search engine.

  26. Peter
    January 20th, 2009 | 18:52

    It is the next step in the move to everything being hosted remotely including services and applications… no more ripped applications, services, games etc. We will be paying a monthly fee for access to all of these.

  27. 1uk3
    January 20th, 2009 | 18:54

    I keep my back-ups safe and secure at home thanks.

    Just get an old machine, puts loads of HDD storage in it and download and install Windows Home Server – it works great!

  28. Trout
    January 20th, 2009 | 19:05

    @17

    Sorry man. Even if you alone (or me) are insignificant, thousands and millions of us are pure valuable statistics and information. Do you think that Google just loves us and offers this for free (or even the minimum of the cost)?Of course not. Their only concern is how they will be able to strengthen their position in the field and gather the most important asset of our days, information.

    Having to encrypt all the time is tiring and troublesome for many users. There are many better and safer alternatives to this. And even though I do believe that in the future, this is how we will deal with things (centralized servers that gather even our thoughts), doesn't mean that I have to accept it so easily at the moment.

  29. moli
    January 20th, 2009 | 20:02

    yeah @28. an on top of that google just needs a little bit of mining on your files to find out if you are valueable or not and what is your secret. and everybody has valueable information in their life. you are important.

  30. Thirdman
    January 20th, 2009 | 20:08

    @28
    (centralized servers that gather even our thoughts)
    Blogs you mean?

  31. Trout
    January 20th, 2009 | 20:27

    @30

    Well…at least in blogs you are actually participating by your own will. I'm sure that in the future version, nobody will give you the right to choose.

  32. kerr
    January 20th, 2009 | 21:11

    Nobody is concerned with the fact that google is an American product. Therefore must comply with U.S laws. Considering the way the legal system is over there and the whole 'piracy = evil' thing. It'd be an easier way for your favourite "anti-piracy organisation" to send some nasty letters wouldn't it.. ?

  33. paranoid
    January 20th, 2009 | 21:35

    I am sure there will be something like truecrypt for gdrive, then the problem solved, of course assuming there is no backdoor left in the encryption.

  34. jo
    January 20th, 2009 | 22:04

    This is not gonna fly because who in their right mind would want to give a company their personnal data, Big brother could come in at any time have a mandate and seize files without people's consent, plus if they are on google who says that now they are not owned by google…

    I would not even touch this venue with a 10 foot pole. even if it is just to store photos.

    Data media is getting cheaper better and bigger….only carefree people would use this …no i do not want my info given to a private coorporation in such a matter, because big brothers and other lobying groups have their nose in our business way too much as it is right now….

    nuff said.

  35. Trout
    January 20th, 2009 | 22:16

    @33

    Let's put naivity aside for a moment. Does anyone really think that even if they claim that they are using the next super duper 5.242.123bit encyption method, they won't have access to the actual information?

    Look, I'm really not the over the top suspicious guy in general, the one who is always making up conspiracy stories and lives through this, but I'm not a fool either. It's more than obvious that sooner or later this vast amount of information will be exploited. Just imagine how much statistically (and not only) precious would be a pool of a few million computers synchronizing files constantly. Heck, if I was behind Google, I might even paid for others to let me offer my "service". ;)

  36. Fefo The Destroyer
    January 20th, 2009 | 22:36

    RS Links plz :)

  37. mrd
    January 21st, 2009 | 00:12

    I heard a while back that the successor of windows 7 would be likewise(a online based os ),its not a case of giving away,our data for data mining its more a fact of not having a choice n less you want to use linux,or a older windows ,that will (not including Linux as i dont know its features in 5 years time) have less features more and more so of a newer os,which will have more of em :| !!!!

  38. mrc
    January 21st, 2009 | 00:19

    well, less piracy, vendors protecting their software, but i aint using no online os, i prefer my data offline, for instance i have pics of my kids on my pc, i dont want some pervert seeing my data, cause basiclly thats what will end up happening, including identify theft etc, this is a load of crap!

  39. Tom
    January 21st, 2009 | 00:43

    Welcoming our new Google overlords and such…

    I see good old internet paranoia is still going strong, nothing new there.

    It's coming, brace yourselves!

  40. dogymmot
    January 21st, 2009 | 01:49

    Even "if" I trusted google with all my files and what not, even "if" I did not believe that everything is corrupt, and "if" I wasn't paranoid as one poster here pointed out, I want to own my TB of info. I do not want to rent MY info from some company that could potentially deny me access to my own files if I forget (or refuse) to pay my bill. Just one more way to make you pay someone for what you should already have.

  41. -____-
    January 21st, 2009 | 02:15

    loving my XP sp 2 here for the next 10 years, bye google, love your search engine for free stuff and maps, that is all.

  42. Johney666
    January 21st, 2009 | 05:04

    And you know what else?
    Ladies & Gentlemen, the Blu-Ray is officially DEAD!

  43. Lapax
    January 21st, 2009 | 06:20

    So we'll be unnecessarily uploading and downloading even more and in the process using up more bandwidth. My speed sucks so its useless for me anyway.

  44. Unconvinient
    January 21st, 2009 | 10:00

    But…will it blend?

  45. ronnie
    January 21st, 2009 | 12:59

    @18
    don't worry to much a combined European army, if the french could hold there nerve would soundly thrash the US in a ground war.

  46. common sense
    January 21st, 2009 | 14:12

    please….just buy a WD 500GB passport (bout the size of a pack of smokes and has one wire that connnects to the HD and the USB 2.0 port. You back up everything on your computer to this and place it off to the side. Then every two weeks or so you erase what it on the passport in the first backup file after backing up your computer to the 2nd back up file and then renaming it.

    This is not rocket science or brain surgery folks

  47. Pilsu
    January 21st, 2009 | 15:40

    I'll be using it. External backup devices tend to fail and it's not like my data is of any value. Just video game saves and other personal miscellaneous files. I imagine I'd be less likely to lose it using Google's service

  48. Beast
    January 21st, 2009 | 17:29

    Just encrypt your data, that way you're using their space but they can't "crawl" through your data to analyze anything, HA!

  49. ost
    February 5th, 2009 | 02:59

    gdrive = Spydrive

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