Map Google Drive as a Drive Letter in Windows or Mac
Google Drive is the file storage area for GSuite that comes with 15GB of free online storage. 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 Team Drive as a network drive on Windows or macOS or Windows. ExpanDrive lets you map the root of your Google Drive or an individual Team Drive on Windows 7 through Windows 10 as well as Windows server and macOS 10.9 and newer. You can even connect multiple Google Drive accounts at the same time.
The great thing about ExpanDrive and Google Drive is you can access your entire account without taking up any disk space or syncing data back and forth. 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 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?