What is Google Drive?
As an O’Dowd staff member, your “firstname.lastname@example.org” email account is a Google account, which gives you plenty of space and storage in our cloud-based backup server, Google Drive. Google Drive is one of the many Google apps available to you (in addition to Gmail, Calendars, Hangouts, etc).
Why do you need Google Drive?
Your computer will die one day, and it will wipe everything with it. By making it a habit to regularly save and work within Google Drive, you prevent the possibility of losing everything unexpectedly. With Drive, we are not as limited in space like we are with Dropbox, external hard-drives, and other cloud-based servers.
How do you use Google Drive?
You are expected to use Drive to store, create, and save any files and resources. Google Drive has 2 locations in which you can access and work with your files:
- Online. Accessible anywhere, anytime. Refer to the graphic below to upload, create, and collaborate on documents. You can upload virtually any file type, but you can only create Google apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc) and folders from this view.
- Locally. Familiar with My Documents on your computer? We can download Google Drive so that can easily drag and drop local items into Google Drive. You will need to regularly check that your local Google Drive is still “syncing” – i.e. what you do on your local computer constantly gets uploaded and matched with the online Google Drive (and vice versa).You can upload virtually any file type here, but you cannot create Google apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc) from this view.