Google Drive or OneDrive: What do I choose and why?

Google Drive or OneDrive? You have certainly read our warnings of what can happen if you do not back up your files. If not, we recommend that you regularly back up for many different reasons.

However, you acknowledge the need for regular backup and you think you will. With the publication below we will try to look at two of the largest data storage services in the cloud.

Google Drive or OneDrive: Define Cloud

Το Αποθηκευτικό νέφος (Αγγλικά: Cloud ) είναι ένα δικτυακό μοντέλο αποθήκευσης δεδομένων όπου τα δεδομένα αποθηκεύονται σε απομακρυσμένες δικτυακές τοποθεσίες. Τα δεδομένα αποθηκεύονται σε μεγάλα κέντρα αποθήκευσης δεδομένων ( centers) και ο χρήστης μπορεί να έχει πρόσβαση σε αυτά μέσω κάποιας δικτυακής διεπαφής (web interface). Τα δεδομένα μπορεί να βρίσκονται διασκορπισμένα σε περισσότερους από ένα εξυπηρετητές (servers).
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Below we will look at Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, two of the largest services available today.

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Capacity

The free version of Google Drive offers storage up to 15GB, but this space shares with other company services such as Gmail, Google Photos and Google Docs.

Unlimited photos

What's quite attractive about Google's Cloud Storage is that the space captured by your photos is not counted on the 15GB limit, as long as you upload them through Google Photos and choose High Quality instead of Original Quality.

Google Docs

Google Drive also works directly with Google Docs, which means your documents, spreadsheets and presentations stored on Google Drive can be converted to Google Docs and viewed or edited on the web.

Pricing

If you need more than 15GB free storage, Google will charge you with 2 dollars a month for 100GB, and 10 per month for space that reaches 1TB.

For 10TB in addition the company charges 100 dollars per month. But think about the above storage spaces being a Google-maintained disk that is accessible from anywhere.

Privacy concerns

Perhaps one of the reasons you should avoid Google Drive is the concern about what Google does with your data. It's no secret that Google analyzes all the data it can have to create an end-user profile and maximize its advertising revenue. Of course you will not be the exception. Your only choice in this matter is to use another service.

When to choose Google Drive?

If you have a lot of photos and you do not mind the storage will be in non-original quality.
If you need as cheap as possible and more storage space
If you use Google Docs as the main Office application
If you are not worried about your privacy and Google's tracking behaviors

Backup to OneDrive

Capacity

Η δωρεάν έκδοση του OneDrive προσφέρει 5GB χώρο αποθήκευσης που μπορεί να επεκταθεί μόλις φέρετε κάποιον φίλο σας στην υπηρεσία. Κάθε φορά που κάποιος από τους φίλους σας δημιουργεί ένα νέο λογαριασμό στο OneDrive χρησιμοποιώντας τον παραπομπής που του στείλατε, και οι δύο παίρνετε από 0,5GB επιπλέον. Μπορείτε να φτάσετε μέχρι και τα 10 GB με αυτόν τον τρόπο.

Integrate OneNote

If you use OneDrive and OneNote with the same Microsoft account, the two applications share the same storage limit unless you use the paid version of OneNote and save your offline notes.

This should be taken seriously because laptops with OneNote (OneNote Notebooks) can use enough space if you upload them with pictures, video clips, attachments, etc. If you are not careful, you could easily reach and overcome 1GB.

Online Unification Office

Office documents stored in OneDrive can be opened, edited and shared with the free online Microsoft suite: Word Online, Excel Online and PowerPoint Online. OneNote Notebooks can also be accessed through OneNote Online.

Ανν εργάζεστε μόνοι σας, τότε δεν έχει και τόσο σημασία αφού μπορείτε να διαλέξετε ανάμεσα στο Office Online και τα Google Docs ανάλογα με τις προσεις σας. Αν όμως ασχολείστε τακτικά με τα φορμά DOCX, XLSX ή PPTX (στο σχολείο, ή την εργασία σας), τότε θα είστε καλύτερα με το OneDrive και το Office Online.

Advanced features

OneDrive features two major features:

File history: Each file that is stored in OneDrive, whether it is an Office file or not, records all changes made in the last 30 days. This allows you to restore the changes to any of these files at any time.
Files : Αντί να διατηρείτε δύο αντίγραφα κάθε αρχείου, ένα στον σας και ένα στους διακομιστές του OneDrive – μπορείτε να επισημάνετε τα αρχεία με το “μόνο στο δια.” So they will be kept on the OneDrive servers and not on your computer.

Google also has the Backup and Sync service offering something similar to Microsoft's Files On Demand, but it does not compete with File History, which is undoubtedly a very useful feature.

Pricing

Για να προσθέσετε επιπλέον χώρο στο OneDrive που χρησιμοποιείτε ή που θα χρησιμοποιήσετε, μπορείτε να το κάνετε με δολάρια 2 το μήνα για 50GB ή με 7 δολάρια το μήνα (ή 70 το έτος) για το Office 365 που διαθέτει συνολική χωρητικότητα 1TB μαζί με τις εφαρμογές Word, Excel, PowerPoint και Outlook.

When should I choose OneDrive?

If you use Microsoft Office regularly.
If you use OneNote and want to store other data in the same service
You need File History
You trust more Microsoft from Google

Other Ways to Back Up Windows

Whichever service you choose, are both the most reliable (at security level) that exist.

However, if you have reasons not to trust them, or like the idea of ​​storing data in the cloud, you can always save your backups to an external data unit or to a hybrid NAS external device Network-attached storage).

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  1. I have activated the subscription for 100GB on Google Drive. I have it on my mobile and computer (Win 10). On the mobile it shows the space of 100GB normally, but on the computer while in the application it seems that I use 17GB of the 100GB, in MyComputer it seems that I have 12 of the 100GB free. Why is this happening and how can I fix it?

    Thanks

  2. I would like to add that the google drive service also provides a history of the files not only for 30 days but from the first moment they appeared on the drive. You will find it in the menu to be referred to as revisions and you can go back to any revisions made in the past if it is a Google docs file while it is referred to as "editions" if it is a file of another type. Finally, Google docs files do not take up space within 15 GB but are hosted for free.

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