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Google Drive is being replaced by Backup and Sync: What to expect

Mark Hachman | Sept. 8, 2017
For consumers, the switch should be straightforward. G Suite customers have a confusing decision to make, however.

Finally, Drive File Stream  appears as a mounted drive under Windows Explorer, while Backup and Sync displays My Drive as a shortcut.

The bottom line: In October, Drive for Mac/PC users may start seeing messages notifying them about the change, according to Google. If you’re a consumer Drive user, it sounds like little, if anything will change other than the name. Business users will be forced to choose between the two new apps, however. And if minimizing disk space via the use of placeholders is important to you, you’ll want to choose either a G Suite subscription or swap to OneDrive.


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