Google Drive

Google Drive is an extremely popular file-sharing service and is part of the Google Docs suite It's well known that academics choose to use the free-tier of Google Drive for two purposes:

  • Syncing files between devices
  • Backing up files (despite it NOT being a backup solution)
  • Sharing files with collaborators
  • Working on Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and more

It's important to remember Google Drive is not a backup service; deleted files and historical versions of files are only backed up for 25 days, and you cannot "restore your computer" from Google Drive - only raw files. However, Google Drive is a legitimate and powerful tool for syncing files between devices and to collaborate with your research group.

When you're ready to publish your data, please do make a copy of your data from Google Drive into a fully featured data repository.

Free Storage 15Gb

App support

Excellent desktop and mobile apps
Collaboration Support Allows collaboration through Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and more