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Google Docs now doubles as online backup service

updated 04:20 pm EST, Tue January 12, 2010

Google Docs bumps up storage to 1GB, 2

Google on Tuesday announced it will soon upgrade its Google Docs service to hold files up to 250MB in size, letting users back up large graphics files, RAW photos, ZIP archives and more in the cloud. Google believes users can now give up USB drives they need to carry around with them to access their files on different computers and is an easier way to share larger files that cannot be easily emailed to co-workers or friends.

The service will give users 1GB of free storage space for files that aren't converted into a Google Doc format, and will give users the option of buying an additional GB at $0.25 per year. A search function will allow users to find their uploaded document files, and common document file types can be previewed by common document file types.

Google Apps premier edition customers can upload multiple files at once and sync them with their desktop in real time using third party applications. The upgraded service will go live over the next couple of weeks, with users notified via a bubble update when it does.

by MacNN Staff



  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No need for USB

    In an unrelated story, the NSA and hackers everywhere were seen to be rubbing their hands together with evil smiles on their faces.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    upload speeds

    This will be a replacement for my USB thumb drives as soon as broadband upload speeds are actually usable for real work. As it is, if I want to post client files for a photo shoot, I usually only post compressed JPGs since posting a few dozen RAW files is absolutely out of the question. It's much easier to put them on a thumb drive and messenger it across town.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They used the magical word "cloud".

    It's all good now, right?

  1. CollinG3G4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    It's called and comes with 2 GB of free storage without any proprietary format nonsense.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Because, as we all know, all those USB thumb drives out there are 1GB or less in size, and only used to backup files...

  1. makeroftoys

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Folder Structure???

    Will this Google Storage support a folder structure, so we can backup whole drives in a meaningful way?

    Currently, it appears to be a single location, that does not support a folder structure.... so an HD loses its folders and becomes a mess.

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