Google Drive has been gaining in popularity since they dropped prices for storage and I can understand why. Google Drive is easy to use, and competitively priced with Dropbox, integrates with many of Google’s services and is considerable easier to use than Amazon S3. In many ways Google Drive has found a sweet spot with users for usability and flexibility. You can use Google Drive for simple storage, editing documents, syncing files and even backing up files
Similar to Amazon S3 there are many different clients you can use to connect and use your Google Drive storage. Some clients are more suited to certain tasks than others depending on your needs. Some clients are more a replacement for the official Google Drive client, some offer a more unique way of managing your Google Drive storage and some are just great for backing up your data to Google Drive.
If you want to stick with the official Google Drive client you really can’t go wrong. Offers an easy way to manage and sync your data from Google Drive to your desktops and mobile devices. Supports Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. If you use Linux you need to look elsewhere.
This is actually the Google Drive client I personally use most. It offered some features that the official Google Drive client did not, primarily I could open my Google Drive files with LibreOffice once the sync. It has worked well for me and is an excellent option. Supports Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and Windows Phone. It is a one time $15.00 cost last time I looked.
I just recently discovered ExpanDrive and I am seriously considering purchasing a copy. It is $49.95 for a single user licence but it actually supports more than just Google Drive so it could certainly pay for itself if you use other cloud storage services as well like Dropbox, Amazon S3, Copy and many others. The unique thing about ExpanDrive is how it mounts your cloud storage as a drive on your computer instead of syncing data. This is essentially what Bitcasa wanted to do, turn the cloud into your hard drive. They currently only support Windows and Mac. If/when they have mobile apps they could be a great app to have.
I have not actually tried this one out yet, but looks like a Windows only Google Drive client similar to InSync. It costs $29.99 for one license with unlimited future upgrades.
This is a Mac only Google Drive client and looks pretty impressive. If I had a Mac I would consider trying it out.
Another Windows only Google Drive client. I have not tried this one either, but the list of features does look impressive like the ability to sync any folders to Google Drive, encryption and the ability to sync multiple accounts. It costs $19.95.
I have talked about Duplicati before in my how to use Google Drive as a dirt cheap backup solution. Duplicati is an excellent option if you just want to backup to your Google Drive account.
An open source Linux client for Google Drive. Command line only from the looks of things. If you are comfortable with the Linux command line might be just what you are looking for.
This list is by no means a complete listing of the available Google Drive clients but it does give you an idea of some of the options that are available to take advantage of the cheap storage Google Drive offers.
What is your favorite Google Drive client? Not on the list leave a comment so we can all check it out.