GDrive Now.

Network Drive IconSpeculation about a “G-Drive” has been around for years: A GDrive being hard disk space in the cloud, accessible from anywhere on the bullet-proof infrastructure of Google.

Articles from 2006 Claim “GDrive, Not a Rumor“. Even yesterday, we saw Internet abuzz with Google GDrive rumors.

It’s called vaporware folks. All this buzz about something that may happen someday.

But you don’t have to wait anymore; and you shouldn’t. You can have a “Gdrive” right now.

Why would you want a “Gdrive”?

It’s a Fact: Shit Happens.

In the USA In 2007 there were:

If all your physical computer property were destroyed or stolen tomorrow, would you be up shit’s creek without a paddle? Would you lose all your personal photos, videos, documents and working projects? If so, you need a bullet proof backup solution. You need a GDrive.

Now, if you could get a scalable 50 Gig “Gdrive” for around $10 / month – would you want it?

Because if you cross out the word “Google” in G-drive and fill in “GAMEY”, a “Gdrive” is already available. (GAMEY = Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Ebay, Yahoo).

About Amazon S3

From Amazon:

“Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites.”

You Pay only for what you use. There is no minimum fee.

Storage is $0.150 per GB / Month
Transfer is $0.100 per GB Upstream and $0.170 per GB downstream.

When you do the math, it’s so cheap to store your date on this bullet proof service that you really can’t afford not to do it. 10 GB of storage would run you less than $2 a month.

How to Setup a GDrive Using Amazon’s S3

It’s easier than you thought.

Step 1: Sign Up For Amazon’s Amazon Simple Storage Service.

Step 2: Install the S3Fox Organizer for Amazon (S3Fox) Firefox Plugin.

Step 3: Go to Tools -> S3 Organizer and Set up an Amazon S3 account with by Naming the account and entering your Access Key and Secret Key.

Step 4: Create your first “bucket”. When you right click on the left side you will see an option for “Create Directory”. Any root level directory created will be a “bucket”.

Step 5. Double click the bucket, and start uploading. There’s even an option to sync with a folder built into s3fox.

For Video and Photos, Flickr Pro is a better bet

If you have more than 10 Gigs of personal photos and videos, Flickr Pro is probably a better backup solution for those filetypes. For $2 per month, you get unlimited transfer, unlimited storage, a nifty file interface, good privacy and sharing options, and a desktop uploader. You can even upload photos via an email attachment.

Facebook or Myspace are also worth considering for video and photo management depending on your needs. But just keeping those photos on your hard drive with a DVD backup means that you lose all those “memories” if your house burns down. How much would that suck?

People know they should back up their data. For me, $100 or less a year to have my data safe on GAMEY is a no brainer.

How much is your data worth?

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8 Responses to “GDrive Now.”

  1. eugene-uk says:

    Live Mesh is another free equivalent to GDrive:

    It does exactly what you talk about – secures your data from disasters.

    5 gig comes free. In the future you will be able to purchase more (feedback from the Mesh team).

    It probably is one of the few services from Microsoft that doesn’t suck.
    Has a very nice and userfriendly interface. You basically install and forget about it until the day comes.

  2. rpanella says:

    Also might want to check out Jungle Disk. It makes it super easy to do automated, incremental backups and map a bucket to a network drive.

  3. jerry says:

    Try Gladinet too. It fits your GAMEY picture pretty well by mapping in Amazon S3, Microsoft SkyDrive, Google Docs/Picasa and Flickr(upcoming) into Windows Explorer. Not sure about any service from EBay yet.

  4. graywolf says:

    mozy or carbonite much better and easier to implement, $50 a year with unlimited storage for “personal” accounts. if you have two computers you need to keep in sync use the windows folder share app another freebie.


  5. hexghost says:

    This would work if you only want to back up a small amount of data from one or two machines. It would not be feasible for anything past 4-5 machines in a small office.

    With all the “cloud” buzz you have to remember one of the more important axioms of performance testing: bandwidth is not unlimited.

    Let’s say your office needs to regularly backup 100Gb of data. Normally you don’t have to backup that amount every day, you do a differential, so 1/10th of that daily. An office of that size might have a T1; equally likely they have some kind of DSL. For this example let’s go with the T1, so 1.5Mbps.

    Backing up 10 Gb of data over that line would, at best, take 15 hours. That’s too long to do only overnight, so there will be overlap with working hours; hopefully the backup software is smart enough so that won’t be a problem.

    Then you do the weekly full backup – 100Gb of data, and it’s here where the cloud backup systems fail. 100Gb @ T1 speeds = 6 days of transfer time. So, forget it.

    Obviously those are best case transfer times. If the office is actually going to use their internet connection for something other than pure backup file transfer, the transfer time is going to way up.

    Some cloud backups let you “seed” the cloud, where you send the initial backup in on a tape or some other medium and just do differentials after that. Better, but still not very good. If you have a disaster 3 months after you seeded the cloud and all you did after that was daily differentials, guess how much fun it will be to restore everything.

    These cloud backups work great for small sets of data. For any office with more than 10-20 Gb of data to backup, it doesn’t make sense to use them. Instead, you do what most companies do – you backup to some medium and take it offside, or put it in an otherwise secure location.

  6. underworld says:

    All I know, and this may be paranoid – but I don’t want google having my files.

    Plus this is just another step to virtual’s – which are actively being started to be used. for producers and heavy users though, for a few years online drives will help, just please lets not give google more information.

  7. ftack says:


    I work for, which offers easy and secure file sharing, wherever you are. I read these posts on Google’s GDrive with great interest and just wanted to add NomaDesk to the mix.

    NomaDesk, trusted by mobile (“nomadic”) businesses for several years now both in Europe and the U.S., has similar features such as the ones you mention. We are convinced that the more data gets synchronized, the more likely it gets compromised. Therefore, NomaDesk includes an encrypted virtual drive that keeps your files securely available off-line and remote file shredding and IP-tracking with TheftGuard. Of course, we impose no limits on storage and bandwidth.A Mac version is on its way.

    NomaDesk works with a local client and allows access to your files from anywhere on the web. We have very good reasons to work with a local client, next to the already “traditional” web interface (e.g.,, the late Xdrive, etc.):

    (1) 100% availability of the data, regardless of network quality
    (2) 100% performance when editing files, using any type of program
    (3) 100% simplicity; just drag-n-drop files to synchronize and share them
    (4) 100% security on the PC also: the virtual drives that NomaDesk creates on the PC are encrypted and can be shred remotely via our online TheftGuard service.

    The bulk of our users, which are SOHO and SMB teams, appreciate the straightforward and secure file sharing they get through using the NomaDesk client software. You should know that in most cases NomaDesk replaces the traditional file server, FTP and VPN – with success!

    Please let me know your thoughts.

    Kind regards,

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