Google is slowly rolling out its new Google Drive cloud storage solution to Gmail and Google Docs users. To make an easy transition and move to the service you'll need to remember to do a couple of things.
First: Organize, Clean, and Purge. Google Drive will be a fantastic addition to Google Docs, but you've got to start putting things in order. Once you start syncing Google Drive with your phone and computer, you're going to be quickly reminded of all those old documents as they start streaming onto your devices.
Various Google Docs can get dumped into the root folder created on your computer when you sync, and when that happens you'll have hundreds of docs saved over the years, making it a very big mess. Take a few minutes to purge the stuff you don't need. Digital hoarding is just the same as physical hoarding: not a cool disease.
5GB isn't a lot, after you've started to pack it with not only documents, but pictures and videos.
And while Google Drive is meant to sync with mobile devices, you have the option of not automatically syncing every time you start your system. Keeping your files continuously synced across devices requires a fair bit of uploading and downloading all the time, which can eat away at your monthly bandwidth limit.
While Google Drive is clearly late to this playing field, its not clear that its also the better alternative just yet compared to Apple's iCloud, Microsoft's Skydrive, Box or Dropbox. But a lot of users are already relying on Google Docs to share files, and making that transition would be a lot easier for those folks.
But since Google Drive is free, give it a go. Who knows, it could be that good.