Map Google Drive as a Drive Letter in Windows or macOS
Google Drive is the file storage area for GSuite. It comes with 15GB of free online storage and the extended storage plans have huge amounts of capacity. ExpanDrive is a special type of Google Drive client that lets you map Google Drive or a specific Team Drive as a fast network drive on Windows or macOS or Windows.
Connect to multiple accounts
You can map the root of your Google Drive or an individual Team Drive as a drive letter. You can even connect multiple Google Drive accounts at the same time.
Version 6.4.5 for macOS and Windows
Released Feb 15th, 2019
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
Another great thing about ExpanDrive and Google Drive is you can access your entire account without taking up any disk space. 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. 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.