ExpanDrive 7 has been updated to v7.0.12 – It fixes a number of issues with Azure Storage, B2 connectivity and improvements to OneDrive and Sharepoint connections. Additionally it adds support for command-line interaction.
Usage: expandrive [options]
-V, --version output the version number
-m, --mount [name] Mount Drive
-e, --eject [name] Eject Drive
-d, --destroy [name] Destroy bookmark
-a, --activate [serial] Activate ExpanDrive License
-c, --create [url] Create SFTP/FTP/S3/WebDAV connection
-h, --help output usage information
On Mac you want to call into the bundle to get to the command-line binary – ExpanDrive.app/Contents/MacOS/ExpanDrive. We will make an option to link a global shortcut to this soon.
You can grab it on the auto updater or over at our ExpanDrive 7 page.
Map Google Drive as a Drive Letter on Windows, Mac and Linux
In this post you’ll learn how to connect to Google Drive as a fast network drive on Mac, Windows or Linux. Access your entire GSuite account on-demand.
Getting started with Google
Google Drive is Google’s file storage and sharing product for GSuite. For personal accounts it comes with 15GB of free online storage. Business, enterprise and academic GSuite plans have unlimited storage.
Most people use Drive via their browser directly at https://drive.google.com. Serious users need a full native integration on their desktop that lets them access files in the cloud from within any application.
Google provides native integration options such their iOS/Android App and their backup and sync client, available for regular GSuite accounts. If you’re looking to get full native access to Google Drive in Finder or Explorer a shared network drive is a great option.
Mounting Google Drive
ExpanDrive is a powerful Google Drive client that connects to Google’s API transforming Drive into a fast network drive. It makes your entire accounts available from any app on your desktop.
Sync clients generally require you pre-download and keep a copy of all the files you’re interested in on your machine. This takes up valuable harddrive space, time and bandwidth. Often for files you don’t need. With a shared drive you can access everything on-demand. If your company has many TB of data stored in the cloud and you travel with a small laptop, a mapping a network drive to Google lets you have the best of both worlds.
Connect to multiple accounts
Another nice thing about connecting to Google Drive as a network drive is that you can connect to multiple Google Drive accounts at the same time. You can map the root of your Google Drive or an individual Team Drive as a drive letter. You can even configure ExpanDrive to mount individual folders within your personal drive or within a Team Drive. If you’re working on a project confined to one tree of folders, this can be really convenient.
Map specific Team Drive
Let’s say you’re working on a team of people that is all using the same Team Drive. You can map that team drive to its own drive letter by configuring the remote path inside ExpanDrive. All of the team drives are organized in the “Team Drives” folder. If you had a Team Drive named “work” you could mount just that by setting the remote path to “/Team Drives/work” inside ExpanDrive.
Files on demand
Saving disk space or accessing huge shared Google Drive accounts is another great thing about ExpanDrive and Google Drive. Everything is accessed on demand without preemptively syncing data back and forth. So if you were working on a huge Team Drive like in the previous example you could mount that entire space without needing to first sync it to your computer. You can also easily mark files to be available as offline so you can get work done even without an internet connection.
Access Google Drive as a shared drive
ExpanDrive lets you actually mount your Google Drive account as a virtual drive, just like a USB Drive, on Mac or Windows. It adds Google Drive to Finder so you can browse and access your Drive account without needing to first sync your files, which takes up time and space on your laptop. Just access what you need, when you need it, from within any app like Finder, Windows Explorer, Microsoft Word, Photoshop, or whatever you use. Everything is safely in the cloud but not taking up space on your computer. Isn’t that the point of cloud storage anyways?
Free up hard drive space
What good is a 10TB account if your only supported mechanism move data is via sync. Jason Snell recently wrote a piece at Six Colors called the Dropbox Terabyte Conundrum about this same problem with Dropbox’s new 1TB plan. Using Sync to move your data means you need to pick a folder that mirrors your Drive account and then keep a copy of all that data on your machine. So unless your laptop have a 10TB Drobo or Synology NAS attached to it, then you can’t really DO much with a 10TB Google Drive account. Unless you have ExpanDrive.
ExpanDrive is a powerful client that lets you connect 2 or even multiple Google Drive accounts at the same time on Mac and Windows and Linux. Google’s Backup and Sync client and File Stream client are only able to connect to a single GSuite account.
Many users have a GSuite account for work or school as well as a personal one. With multiple accounts your only option to move data in and out of both of those is using the browser. This might be fine for occasional use, but any serious user relies on native access to their files. Also, using a sync-style client has the additional issue of eating up valuable hard drive space storing files you might not need, or need infrequently.
Map a specific Team Drive
In addition to connecting multiple drives, ExpanDrive lets you connect to specific team drives alongside your primary account. This is handy for users who only do work inside a certain team drive and don’t need visibility into the rest of the organization’s data hierarchy.
Access multiple Google Drive Accounts on demand without sync
ExpanDrive is a special kind of Google Drive client that lets you access multiple Google Drive accounts as a fast network drive. You can even mount a specific Team Site or a subfolder within your account. ExpanDrive securely connects via the Google API. You can connect as many accounts on one machine as you want. All of the files are accessed without needing to sync down the content.
It’s easy as authenticating multiple accounts and assigning them unique nicknames, give it a try for free.
ExpanDrive supports macOS 10.10 or newer and a wide variety of Linux distributions including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Centos, Fedora, Redhat, and more. Learn more about how to install ExpanDrive for Linux here.
ExpanDrive runs on Microsoft Windows 7 through Windows 10. Windows Server is also supported as well as RDP/Terminal services environments. ExpanDrive can isolate multiple users logged into the same machine so they each have their own view of cloud storage.
ExpanDrive 7 has been updated to v7.0.10 – It fixes a number of issues with OneDrive and Sharepoint logins as well as improvements to uploading files inside the file browser on Windows. You can grab it on the auto updater or over at our ExpanDrive 7 page.
ExpanDrive updated to v7.0.9 – it adds improvements to the auto-updater mechanism, fixes an issue preventing full quit on Linux in certain scenarios, improves drag and drop uploading and improves the Wasabi connector. Many other small issues also have been resolved. Thanks to everyone participating, especially the Linux testers!
ExpanDrive has always had support for Nextcloud using our WebDAV connector or our Owncloud connector. With ExpanDrive 7 there is now a full connection profile available for Nextcloud. You can easily mount Nextcloud as a fast network drive on Mac, Windows or Linux and you can also manage your files from directly within the ExpanDrive GUI.
To get started, grab ExpanDrive v7 and create a new drive. Next select the Nextcloud connection profile.
Once you’ve got the drive created, add your server root, your Nextcloud username and password and you’ll be good to go.
ExpanDrive has always had support for Wasabi via our Amazon S3 connection type. Now, as of V7 ExpanDrive has a full connection profile available for Wasabi Cloud Storage. You can easily mount Wasabi as a fast network drive on Mac, Windows or Linux and you can also manage your files from directly within The ExpanDrive GUI.
To get started, grab ExpanDrive v7 and create a new drive. Next select the Wasabi connection profile.
Once you’ve got the drive created, add your Wasabi Access Key and Secret key and you’ll be good to go.
ExpanDrive updated to v7.0.8 – it includes new connection profiles for Wasabi and NextCloud and fixes a number of small issues that cropped up in v7.0.5. Thanks to everyone participating, especially the Linux testers!
Our ExpanDrive beta has been updated to v7.0.5 with a variety of improvements to reconnecting, auto-updater functionality, login behavior and many other small improvements. Thanks to everyone participating, especially the linux testers!
ExpanDrive 7 is now moving into public beta. It is the biggest step forward for the product since the release of ExpanDrive 3, when we added support for a wide variety of cloud storage providers. ExpanDrive 7 is dramatically faster and more powerful in nearly every dimension. And it also is now available for Linux.
The new user-interface now goes beyond merely managing connections. It is a full-featured transfer client with powerful features for managing versions, sharing, bulk data transfer, live editing, previewing and much more.
Head over to our ExpanDrive 7 page to grab the download and learn more.