Google Backup and Sync App Updated With APFS Support for Macs Running High Sierra

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Google this morning quietly updated its Backup and Sync client app with APFS support for Macs running the latest macOS High Sierra beta.

The change, first spotted by Piunikaweb, means users of Google Drive and Google Photos can now take advantage of the new Apple File System (APFS), which was introduced in High Sierra. APFS replaces HFS+ and unifies the file system across macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS, meaning it's optimized for devices that use flash and solid-state storage.

Google's new Backup and Sync client app was broken by the OS change, and some High Sierra users resorted to moving their Google Drive to an external disk formatted to HFS+ to allow their files to sync again.

However, that step should no longer be necessary with Backup and Sync version 3.36. Users can take advantage of the new APFS support by either downloading the Google app anew or waiting for their client to auto-update sometime in the next week.

Google Backup and Sync for Google Photos and Google Drive is a free download for Mac.

Article Link: Google Backup and Sync App Updated With APFS Support for Macs Running High Sierra
 

itsmilo

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This thing does not work for me at all. I have about 12.000 photos in Photos, which have already been uploaded to Google Photos in the past yet this thing tries to upload 38.000 photos that do not exist????

Then i try the Google Photo app on my iPhone and again it seems to try to upload the same images from Photos AGAIN which makes my iPhone run out of space because it automatically downloads every image from iCloud to upload to Google
 

dantracht

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This thing does not work for me at all. I have about 12.000 photos in Photos, which have already been uploaded to Google Photos in the past yet this thing tries to upload 38.000 photos that do not exist????

Then i try the Google Photo app on my iPhone and again it seems to try to upload the same images from Photos AGAIN which makes my iPhone run out of space because it automatically downloads every image from iCloud to upload to Google
Same experience for me. I ended up deleting it from my iMac.
 

Tsuius

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Ooh yeah! Give google all your files for analytic assimilation:

"We are the google. Your private and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile."
 
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WBRacing

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Ooh yeah! Give google all your files for analytic assimilation:

"We are the google. Your private and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile."
I know! First they charge you for the service and then. Oh, wait....
 

tivoboy

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Ooh yeah! Give google all your files for analytic assimilation:

"We are the google. Your private and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile."
If your drive is encrypted. Which it should be, then it doesn’t matter
 

makitango

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Can someone explain to me how a filesystem can be optimized for a SSD or non-SSD? It sounds rather markety to me.
I know that you can optimize a filesystem in general towards a certain use case, allocating data and meta data differently, but where is the difference in software when operating the same hardware whose only difference in performance is speed?
 

blacktape242

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a little off topic but hangouts seems to be "discontinued" in messages in High Sierra....probably because its still in beta?

in system prefs in internet accounts the messages check box is nonexistent.
 

polymersayb

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Yay you can deselect RAW upload!!!

Had to disable previous version because it used up all my drive space with RAWs, even though I just wanted to replicate the previous Google Photos behavior (free backup and sharing of my JPGs).

 

joesegh

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Is it still a super broken app when it comes to Photos backup? I found it WAY worse than the Google Photos-specific app. It hung, crashed, tried to upload thumbnails for Photos.app and Aperture, and just generally crummy software.

I have about 22K photos in my library, and for some reason it was trying to upload over 100,000 items again (even though the old Google Photos uploaded had already done all of that). I deleted it and went back to the Google Photos Uploader for now.