New 'Backup and Sync' Tool to Replace Google Drive Mac App

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    Google is readying a new Google Drive replacement backup tool that's intended to help users back up files located anywhere on their computer.

    Called Backup and Sync, the new app will replace both the Google Drive client and the Google Photos Backup app, combining their sync features in a more unified client interface.

    Backup and Sync will be able to monitor and backup files and photos inside of any folder specified by the user. Currently, files have to be moved into the Google Drive folder for them to be synced to the cloud, but the new app will be able to back up files and photos on the desktop, in the Documents folder, in Pictures, or from anywhere else the user chooses.

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    Backup and Sync will be released on June 28. When Drive users come to upgrade, Google says the new tool will respect any existing folder settings on Mac and PC to make the change seamless.

    The new Files app coming in iOS 11 supports third party cloud services including Google Drive, so the new Backup and Sync tool should offer users another option for easily accessing files on their Mac from their iPhone or iPad. Free Google accounts have a 15GB cap; paid accounts start at $1.99 a month for 100GB, with the most popular tier currently $9.99 a month for 1TB of storage.

    Google says the new app is intended for consumer users and recommends that G Suite customers continue to use Google Drive until its new enterprise-focused solution, Drive File Stream, becomes available later this year.

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    Give the worlds' biggest advertisement company access to all my files? It doesn't sound like a great idea... Though I'm still on GMail so they've probably seen most of them o_O
     
  4. H.Finch macrumors regular

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    If Apple were to do this... Like a Backblaze, but made by Apple and fully integrated... I'd be over the moon.
     
  5. originalmagneto macrumors member

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    Well, up to 2TB actually :D The "free" option that Apple provides vs the "free" option from Google differ in that Google just straight up takes your private data and information on you and sells it to advertisers. You are the product.
     
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    It's not compulsory in India, to open an iCloud or Google account with any form of Credit-Debit card. In China, you just need a phone number, not even an email address. Even Amazon & Flipkart are based on Cash-on-Delivery. So, I would seldom care, if they track my Asian Porn history, and, is rather used to filter Facebook & Tinder recommendations. Haha.

    Avieshek must be pretty important & famous. ;)
     
  7. profets macrumors 68040

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    Free iCloud = 5GB
    Free Google Drive = 15GB

    $10 iCloud = 2TB
    $10 Google Drive = 1TB

    The 5GB free tier is a bit useless (though even 15 is too). But I'm surprised icloud gives more storage at the $10 level than Google does.
     
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    To be fair for me the 5gb is perfectly fine for my small amount of iCloud documents I use. I guess I don't want to be too reliant on other people's HDDs.
     
  10. profets macrumors 68040

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    Sure, but when wanting to take advantage of anything significant with iCloud 5GB isn't enough. Not saying they should give it away for free, but once one can get a good idea of the benefits, I think they're more likely to upgrade for more storage.

    "Reliant on other people's HDDs" LOL. Ok.
     
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    My school district is going 1:1 this coming year with grades 3-5 with iPads and 6-8 with Chromebooks, while staff has Macs and most will have iPads. I'm interested in seeing how the enterprise-level stuff works. We're leaving our current backup software since the newest versions ditched Mac support.
     
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    At 63, I'm no longer relevant so bring it!

    Sidebar: I use most all of the cloud-based storage, and I don't mind the sofa change costs. Having a tight and seamless integration between the services; is something I've been wanting. They all have good, and not so good features. Google should be; better than it is currently. Maybe, this will finally be the solution. BTW; Apple's offering is not only the slowest, but the file structure is markedly lame.
     
  14. wiffle macrumors regular

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    Is there actually good evidence to support this?? News to me.. and I use GD quite religiously..
     
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    Of course there isn't any evidence, good or otherwise. Because it's not true. What you'll get is half-assed attempts at deflection that center around "Google makes most of their money sell ads" or a weak attempt at trying to convince you that selling anonymous ad space is the same as selling your info to advertisers. Evidence of Google selling your info to advertisers? Don't hold your breath.
     

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