Google Drive is Google’s online storage solution for their users. Google Docs became part of the Drive service, pretty much offering a counterpart to Microsoft’s OneDrive with Office integration. A lot of users don’t know this but if you already have a Gmail account, then you already have access to a drive with 15GB of free storage. Backed by one of the top technology companies in the world, Google Drive is obviously popular among competitors for its accessibility, simplicity, and reliability. Google as a whole offers an online storage solution across their many services. Gmail, G-Drive, and Google+ Photos all branch off the Google based storage. This is more of a storage solution versus an actual backup solution.

They start off by offering 15GB of free storage, although you do have room to move up as needed. Their second plan starts at 100GB which is charged at a monthly rate of $2, the great thing about Drive is the fact this is scalable and rises to as high as 30TB for $300. There’s definitely no shortage of storage on Google’s end and they boast very affordable rates, unfortunately scrutiny on privacy concerns is the only factor that what would drive most to use different services instead.

Google Drive offers an incredibly vast array of features for their users. As mentioned above; their service integrates with their Drive, Gmail and Google Photos, this means that you can store files and save email attachments whilst backing up photos directly to your drive. Drive also supports all file types and formats including Microsoft office files. They secure every file with top of the range encryption if that’s what you want, although they provide excellent collaboration tool that allows you to easily share your private files.

GoogleDrive-3Drive’s in integration is truly remarkable, when you use their Gmail service you can save any files at merely the click of a button. The service provided in Drive can even recognize in your images and text in scanned documents, this means that for example you can search a word like “Eiffel Tower” and get text documents with that word as well as images of the actual Eiffel Tower. Drive offers further additional features such as the fact you can scan documents with Drive for Android; just snap a picture of any document you like and Drive will instantly save them as PDF’s, you can also make certain file available to you when your offline and they also make file versioning easy by giving you a 30 day window to look back on most files.