How to Use SyncDocs to Turbo Boost Google Drive—The ease and convenience of cloud storage and other services seduces the best of us. The most seductive –and best-performing of the bunch, in my view — is Google Drive.

Drive offers the simplicity of Dropbox with a full suite of Office-like applications, and now there’s a cool tool available that makes Drive even more attactive to me.  That’s SyncDocs, which replaces Drive’s local client and adds the features that power users need to make the cloud work the way you need.

Without SyncDocs, the problem is that Drive’s local client, the essential tool that keeps you in sync locally with the cloud, will only sync to and from a single local folder. Thiat limitation requires you to turn your file structure into a pretzel for big storage needs.

to use that terabyte in the cloud. Enter

Here’s a great example of how to use SyncDocs. Say you need to travel without a laptop but you still want to carry your docs with you? No problem. Take your Drive and Docs offline.

Just run SyncDocs from a USB memory stick, with all of your settings, data and files on the memory stick.

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To get started, install the client and give it your Google Drive credentials. You’ll need to grant it permission to manage Google Drive. Go ahead and do that.

Once installed, SyncDocs runs in your system tray.

Make sure you review your SyncDocs Preferences to establish what folders you want to sync with Drive, and to set sync schedules, establish encryption and deal with its other features and settings. Play a bit with Preferences to find the right settings for your unique needs.

SyncDocs also offers enterprise support, including the ability to migrate your users online. You’ll also find the ability to work in a low bandwidth environment and make use of a power user command-line.

You can’t ask for more in a power tool for Google Drive. Care to test it out? SyncDocs offers a free 14day unlimited trial where you can sync up to 10,000 files. The unlimited SyncDocs is a subscription service that starts at $19.95 per year, with an option to license all users in a domain.

It’s free and handy as all get out. I find it downright addictive. That’s why it’s my choice for today’s featured freeware, via

Based in San Francisco, Mike Rothman is a tech evangelist and senior writer at Follow him @thatworksforme or email him at [email protected]

Mike Rothman
Based in San Francisco, Mike Rothman is a tech evangelist and senior writer at Email him at [email protected]
Mike Rothman
Mike Rothman
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