As you probably know, Google released a new product (another one!) called Google Drive. This product/service is your hard drive in the cloud. In the Google cloud.
Just like Dropbox, you’ll be able to dedicate a local folder in your computer where you’ll be placing the files that you want to put in the cloud. This folder will sync automatically, “in the background”.
The idea is to be able to access your files from anywhere: your computer, your tablet, your smartphone, the web. You can do this today with Dropbox from nearly every device, not yet with Google Drive though, although I’m pretty sure apps for this are on the way.
Dropbox was the first company to offer this type of functionality. Starting as a start-up, the company was, until now, disrupting and enjoying this industry “alone”. Now not just Google is a direct competitor with Drive, but also Microsoft with SkyDrive and even Box.net, that claims to be focused on enterprise but has been showing interest in the end consumers.
If you want to understand better this industry (cloud storage), Dropbox, and its emerging competitors I advise you to read this post or this one, where although with different points of view, you’ll get a summary of the actual scenario.
But what if you are like me, a heavy Google products user, and also a heavy Dropbox user? Would you stick to Dropbox, or will you move your files to Google Drive?
I always try to simplify my life, and the less accounts and logins I can have, the better. So having everything, even my files, synced to my Google account is an attractive and convenient idea.
But we also know that Google kills products just as easy as it creates new ones, so I wouldn’t close my Dropbox account and jump into Drive, not until Drive really gets to the point where I feel confortable with.
What to do? Use them both.
- Get you Google Drive account
- Install it on your computer
- Reconfigure your Dropbox folder location, and change it to be INSIDE Google Drive folder
- Keep putting your files on your Dropbox folder
That’s it. Now everything you put on your Dropbox folder will be, as it was before, synced to your Dropbox account, but ALSO to your Google Drive account.
Yup, I know it sounds dead simple, but I’ve found many people deciding between the 2 services, and I don’t know why they don’t think about just using them together. Probably this is one of those little techniques where you say: “Riiight, why didn’t I think about it before?”
While this crazy industry decides which will be the winner, you can
replicate your data between the two, without extra work, “automagically”.
What do you think? Let me know on your comments.