I've written about Google Drive here before, but I want to give another update on the service now that I've become a regular and rather avid user.
If you're unfamiliar with it, Google Drive is storage of your data in The Cloud. Basically it is hard drive storage on a Google Server that keeps your data stored for you and available from any device that has an Internet connection.
I've been using the service for a while now and have even purchased extra storage as my needs have expanded. I'm not currently using Drive to store anything that might be considered personal or of importance from a security standpoint, but I *am* using it for keeping all kinds of data where I need it.
I have upcoming lectures stored there as well as articles, course descriptions for meeting planners, photos for lectures, and lots of other information that I might need to get at any moment. I can access it from my iPads, my Android tablet, my iPhone, and any computer with an Internet connection.
In fact, I'm doing a lecture for Ultradent today here in KC and I've just uploaded the lecture to my Drive as a backup… just in case. Should the need arise, I can quickly download the lecture to someone else's laptop and still do the presentation.
Thanks to Google's server farms out there, the upload and download process is fast & easy. I'm no longer wasting space locally on things that I can get my hands on whenever I need them. It just makes perfect sense at this point in time.
Of course I'm not storing any critical info there. This is not stuff that isn't either backed-up somewhere else or at least not critical if it is lost or hacked. However, I'm finding that for certain needs, an online repository is a great addition to my storage.
There are lots of services like this out there. Drop Box and Amazon are just a couple (and I have accounts with them too). If you've been thinking about this, or if you haven't even heard of this before, I'm here to tell you that it's definitely made my life easier.