Dropbox is super awesome. Google Drive, well, is far behind in terms of speed and reliability. I continue to use Google Drive because of its very good integrations with Gmail (Google Apps for Business) as well as continued integration on the Android OS. There are however three significantly frustrating issues that I continue to experience with Google Drive:
Note: There is an update to this article about Google Drive sync issues.
No Google Drive client for Linux
Since April 2012 Google have been working on a Google Drive sync client for Linux. To date there is yet to be any emergence of this software. There are versions available for both Windows and Apple. The lack of a Linux version is particularly surprising as the Operating System used within Google is a customized version of Ubuntu.
Google Drive is slow to sync
I originally wrote about the slow sync speed of Google Drive in November 2012. Although the initial sync is slow (e.g. upon bootup), Drive does seem to sync files quickly once it has been running for awhile.
Dropbox syncs files very quickly upon startup so why can’t Google get Drive faster?
Google Drive uses 100% Disk
An ongoing issue I have is that my computer suddenly becomes very slow to respond. When I go into Windows 8 Task Manager I notice that the Disk graph is at 100% utilization. When clicking Open Resource Monitor it shows multiple instances of the googledrivesync.exe image that collectively are using 100% Disk I/O (other people have reported that this same image uses 100% CPU or 100% memory). The googledrivesync.exe image is essentially the Google Drive software.
Manually stopping the googledrivesync.exe image can be time consuming and complicated when a computer becomes very slow to the point of being almost unresponsive (because of the 100% disk utilization). I therefore have placed a batch file on my desktop that I double-click which then stops any googledrivesync.exe images (this also stops Google Drive however Google Drive will restart again on next boot assuming that Google Drive is set to startup upon login).
Here is how to create the .bat file to stop Google Drive when it’s using massive resources on your Windows 8 PC:
- Open a text editor.
- Enter the following into the window:
taskkill /IM googledrivesync.exe /F
- Save the file to your desktop with the extension of .bat e.g. The name of my file is GoogleDriveSync.bat
Whenever my Disk is at 100% I merely double-click the bat file as created above and a few seconds later my computer is back to its usual quick response times.
Is Google Drive worth it?
Because I use Gmail for all my email I find that the ability to save files attached to a message directly to Google Drive a great time saver. I do think that the positives outweigh the negatives of Google Drive if you use Google services or Android alot. I just wish that Google would resolve the problems with Drive and make it a better product like Dropbox.