Google is killing off Google Drive in March – Are you prepared?

Sep 8, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Google is killing off Google Drive in March – Are you prepared?

Sep 8, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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With Amazon killing off their unlimited storage, and CrashPlan ditching consumers in favour of enterprise level clients, more were bound to follow. Google is now shaking things up, announcing that they’re ending Google Drive in March 2018. The difference, however, is that Google don’t seem to be screwing their customers over in the process.

For Google Drive users, Google Backup and Sync will be the replacement. For commercial G Suite customers, Drive File Stream is the new main system. But as of this moment, Google Drive for Mac & PC is officially deprecated. Support will end on December 11th, 2017, and it will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018.

While it’s still a pain to have to transition over to new software, and there is that time limit, the costs seem to be the same. With Google Backup and Sync, you’ll still get 15GB of free storage as you do right now with Google Drive. But it expands the system to cover more files. And speaking of expanding the system, you can upgrade beyond the base 15GB for a monthly fee.

  • 15GB – Free
  • 100GB – $1.99/mo
  • 1TB – $9.99/mo
  • 10TB – $99.99/mo
  • 20TB – $199.99/mo
  • 30TB – $299.99/mo

Surprisingly, there’s not really any discount for going to a larger package. In fact, the 30TB package actually costs a few cents more than buying three 10TB packages or thirty 1TB packages. Although, why you’d go the route of multiple smaller packages just to save a few cents I’ve no idea. But, I would’ve expected the larger packages to come with a discount to entice more people to spend.

But, if you’re currently a Google Drive customer, you’ll be pleased to know that you can get the transition out of the way now. Google Backup and Sync is available to download now so you can start getting everything across. Then when December comes along, you’ve nothing to worry about.

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41 responses to “Google is killing off Google Drive in March – Are you prepared?”

  1. Tj Ó Seamállaigh Avatar
    Tj Ó Seamállaigh

    does that effect Google Sites as well? I don’t use Google Drive much myself but I’ve used Google Sites as an archive and away to link files – hope this one is not affected…

    1. Michael Stilmant Avatar
      Michael Stilmant

      Yes. if Google Drive for Mac/PC is the only stuff you use from Google you cant stand that GOOGLE IS KILLING OFF ITS GOOGLE PRODUCT IN MARCH – ARE YOU PREPARED?

  2. Taylor Maduro Port Avatar
    Taylor Maduro Port

    Well piss

  3. Erik Saari Avatar
    Erik Saari

    That is why I stoped depending on ALL Google apps and products. They never fail in dropping them after a while. Sketchup, Picassa, Plus, the list goes on and on. ?Google!

    1. Michael Freudiger Avatar
      Michael Freudiger

      The headline is misleading, keep using your drive.

  4. Andrew Hunt Avatar
    Andrew Hunt

    Are they killing off Google Drive, or just the Drive for Mac / PC uploader?

    1. Michael Stilmant Avatar
      Michael Stilmant

      Just the App. ‘Google Drive for Mac/PC’

  5. Hugh Mobley Avatar
    Hugh Mobley

    Typical They keep screwing a good thing!!! Just screwed up YouTube And google news front page They need to be reined in by Fed Govt as a monopoly and be regulated as a public utility

  6. Stephan Hughes Avatar
    Stephan Hughes

    My new laptop already has it. Threw me off for a second. Truth be told, it’s probably just Google drive with a new name and updates. I think we are all making this out to be a bigger deal than it actually is.

  7. Joseph Fitz Hughes Avatar
    Joseph Fitz Hughes

    The headline is extremely misleading. Google are dropping the Google Drive desktop app which syncs files, because they have replaced it with a new app (Google Backup and Sync). Google Drive is not being dropped, don’t panic.

    1. Aaron Hoffman Avatar
      Aaron Hoffman

      thank you.

    2. David Sargent Avatar
      David Sargent

      That seriously needs to be edited. A few people will start dumping Google drive for without reading further.

    3. Erik Bauer Avatar
      Erik Bauer

      That’s just from the idiocracy of the people who run this page.

    4. Marcus Weinhold Avatar
      Marcus Weinhold

      LET’S SAY SOMETHING OUTLANDISH FOR A CLICKBAIT HEADLINE!! I’m starting to wonder why I follow this page.

  8. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    Extensive expensive no doubt.

    1. Fraser Smith Avatar
      Fraser Smith

      I wonder if it’ll be just as flakey through VPN as the old Drive and Photos apps were. I’ve been using Insync for years as the only reliable option.

  9. Patte McCarthy Avatar
    Patte McCarthy

    This is why many of us never used the storage.

  10. box box Avatar
    box box

    You REALLY need to clarify in this article that Google Drive is NOT going away. It is the desktop software that connects your PC/Mac to Google Drive that is being replaced.

    1. Michael Stilmant Avatar
      Michael Stilmant

      Was about to post exactly same comment. Thanks.

    2. Tj Ó Seamállaigh Avatar
      Tj Ó Seamállaigh

      so the services of Google Drive (and Google Sites) will be available? (I usually use my browser not any app or software on my machine) – I’m confused a bit here.

      1. box box Avatar
        box box

        If you only use Google Drive in the browser then this will not affect you.

        Actually if Google Drive was removed the entire Google/Android system would experience catastrophic self-destruction which is why this article’s statement is terribly wrong. Ignore the pricing statement in this article too. This is irrelevant to the actual news.

        It is ONLY the free software you MIGHT use on your local machine that syncs local files with Google Drive in the cloud which is being replaced. It just happens that the local software is called “Google Drive”and is confusing everyone. The actual Google Drive storage you use in the browser is not changing.

        1. Tj Ó Seamállaigh Avatar
          Tj Ó Seamállaigh

          thanks! such a relief!!!

        2. fanboy fagz Avatar
          fanboy fagz

          I use firefox to get into drive. this wont be an issue for me?

          how do I transfer files from drive to the new “Google Backup and Sync” ?

          thanks in advance

          1. box box Avatar
            box box

            “If you only use Google Drive in the browser then this will not affect you.”

          2. fanboy fagz Avatar
            fanboy fagz

            just reconfirming. cheers!

  • Brian Dillree Avatar
    Brian Dillree

    This is what happens when someone who doesn’t have a clue what their talking about weird an article. Drive is not going away, they are updating the app you use to connect to it from a pcmac.

    1. Joseph C Moore USN Ret Avatar
      Joseph C Moore USN Ret

      There, their, they’re! Dumbass Bryan, learn the difference. That is something you should have learned in elementary (grade) school. It is simply astounding the ignorance of the present population in respect to grammar. We have become a nation of grammatical illiterates.

      1. ElChick Avatar
        ElChick

        There are those of us who still know their proper grammar. They’re the ones who don’t seem to know their own head from that hole over there. There’s really no point to my comment. There was just a need to remark on their lack of proper grammatical usage. They’re gonna be pissed, they are.
        :D

      2. fanboy fagz Avatar
        fanboy fagz

        grammar nazi out to point his finger and shame people. many people who post are native english speakers. many intl posters. not only us/uk/canada. get your head out of your asz da.

  • Vincent Avatar
    Vincent

    Google drive isn’t going anywhere, it’s just about the desktop application software. All the rest will stay the same. Badly written article. And that says something coming from a non-native!

  • Brandon Leow Avatar
    Brandon Leow

    Stop it with the click bait! ?

  • Stephanie Reistad Avatar
    Stephanie Reistad

    Well dang…… hopefully the app is a seamless transition?

  • Craig Fouché Avatar
    Craig Fouché

    Roelof

  • Assadi Mohsen Avatar
    Assadi Mohsen

    It’s already done! Just look at its icon in windows start up and there is nothing to worry about. It’s just an update

  • David M. Beach Avatar
    David M. Beach

    man… I agree with everyone else posting. This is a really poorly written article. Having had to use drive for a number of reasons seeing this headline early in the morning really set me off. Drive is NOT going away… and were you in the office next to mine.. I would have walked over and turned your desk upside down by now…

  • Sergi Yavorski Avatar
    Sergi Yavorski

    “On Thursday, Google made a confusing announcement that could easily scare the crap out of 800 million people: Google Drive’s going away—but actually, no, it’s not. However, there are a few things you should know about the changes that are coming.

    First and foremost, the Google cloud service known as Drive is going to be just fine, for now. If you log in to your Google account and utilize Drive’s storage through a web browser, you probably won’t notice any changes. But the Google Drive app for PC and Mac is officially being deprecated and the company’s developers announced in a blog post that it will no longer be supported starting December 11. Instead, you’ll need to choose from one of two new apps.”

    1. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
      Sergi Yavorski

      That’s why you always have to verify. Looks like fake news can be created inadvertently :)

  • cbenci Avatar
    cbenci

    Please fix this incorrect headline.

  • Antonio Bemfica Avatar
    Antonio Bemfica

    Don’t use scare tactics to bring readers to your blog.

  • Andrei Zdetovetchi Avatar
    Andrei Zdetovetchi

    The author really doesn’t give a damn on the comments. After 6 days, the title stays the same, misleading and wrong. Also the article needs clarifying… it’s written for the clicks. Too bad DIY Photography, my trust in you is going down :(