Google, or Gmail, specifically, offers its users over 7.5GB of storage space. For most of us, having this much storage capacity in our mailbox is useless, since emails are mostly in kilobytes. These days, cloud storage is slowly taking over the role of local storage, specially when important documents, which need to be moved around, are concerned. When you have to open a document at some remote location, having it in cloud storage is much better than copying it to a USB flash drive and carrying it around physically. Today, we have a tool for you that lets you use the online storage of your Gmail account as local storage. GMail Drive is a Shell Extension for Windows that creates a virtual file system around your Google Mail account. In addition to just being an email client, it allows you to use your Gmail account as a storage medium. Once installed, it creates a virtual drive inside Windows Explorer and enables you to create, copy and delete files and folders. When you upload a file to your Gmail account, the application will automatically generate an email with the file as an attachment. You can use GMail Drive to access and modify all the files uploaded from the application.
To begin with, install GMail Drive, and it will automatically create a virtual drive in your Windows Explorer. By default, the virtual drive is named “GMail Drive” and can be found under Computer in Windows Explorer.
When accessing the drive for the first time, you are required to log in with your Gmail account. Check Auto Login to prevent the application from nagging you for credentials in future sessions.
Once logged in, copying files and folders is just a matter of drag and drop. Drag the files you want to copy and drop them into the drive window. A pop up message will display the upload progress, and once it is complete, you will receive an email with the file as an attachment.
To avoid cluttering up your email, you can create a filter in your Gmail account to automatically move files with “GMAILFS” in their subject, to your archived mail folder. GMail Drive works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.