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Google Will End Support for Google Desktop Sync on May 12, 2018

May 10, 2018

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If you use Google Drive Sync, please note that support will officially end on May 12, 2018.  If you would like more information read below.

Google offers two replacement options.  One is Backup and Sync and the other is Drive File Stream. Here is a brief comparison between the two tools.

Google Drive File Stream
Drive File Stream streams all files and folders from the cloud.  Similar to using a network share drive, it makes the content of your Google Drive available via the web, giving you access to your entire drive while you are connected to the internet.  This option saves on drive space since the content is stored in the cloud rather than on your local computer.  You also have the option to make specific files available offline if you choose to do so.  You can download and install Google’s Drive File Stream here.

Google Backup and Sync
Backup and Sync syncs and stores Drive content locally on your computer.  This tool is very similar to Google’s Desktop Sync.  The files you place into your computer’s Google Backup and Sync folder will be accessible when logging into Google Drive from a web browser. You can download and install Google’s Backup and Sync here.

Google provides support documentation for both Google Drive File Stream and Google Backup and Sync, but feel free to reach out to the IT Service Desk if you have additional questions.

For more information:

Information Technology Service Desk
itservice@lclark.edu
503-768-7225