GMail Drive shell extension: store files directly from my computer to your Gmail account


GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem around your Google Mail account, allowing you to use Gmail as a storage medium.

GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google Gmail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your Gmail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder, where you can create new folders, copy and drag'n'drop files to it.

Ever since Google started to offer users a Gmail e-mail account, which includes storage space of 6000 megabytes, you have had plenty of storage space but not a lot to fill it up with. With GMail Drive you can easily copy files to your Google Mail Account and retrieve them again.

When you create a new file using GMail Drive, it generates an e-mail and posts it to your account. The e-mail appears in your normal Inbox folder, and the file is attached as an e-mail attachment. GMail Drive periodically checks your mail account (using the Gmail search function) to see if new files have arrived and to rebuild the directory structures. But basically GMail Drive acts as any other hard-drive installed on your computer.

Today I'll teach you the steps to use your GMail account to store files such as mp3, power point, PDFs, ZIP etc. The only limitation is that you can not upload a file larger than 10Mb in size but in most cases 10mb is still large enough. You will need to install a shell extension in your system to access all the uploaded files in gmail through your windows explorer.

Sounds interesting? Let’s first begin with the installation.


Step# 1 - Download and install the GMail Drive Shell Extension. You may have to restart your system for the changes to take effect or you may not.

Step# 2 - After reboot, double click “My Computer“, and check to see if ‘GMail Drive‘ shows up. If you see the drive, it means that your installation was successful. If not, please re-install the shell extension and reboot the system.

Step# 3 - To login and start uploading files to your GMail account, double click on ‘GMail Drive’ in ‘My Computer’ and login to your GMail account. [On a shared computer do not set auto-login]. You can right click and select ‘Login As’ to login as a different User.

Step# 4 - Post login, you will see an empty drive. To create a new folder, right click and select New->Folder. Double click on the folder and then either create a subfolder or just ‘Copy-Paste’ or ‘Drag & Drop’ a file into it. That’s it! You have discovered a new way of using GMail, to store your files. ;) That’s why I love GMail. :)

:idea: Please note that, an uploaded file/folder has a prefix of GMAILFS when you see them in GMail. I recommend that you create a label called ‘MyFiles’ and label all such emails [uploaded files in fact] so that you do not confuse them with other emails.

:idea: To check the current usage of your GMail drive, right click on the driver letter and select properties.

Now that you know how to use your GMail account to store your important files, go ahead and upload all those important certificates, mp3s, spredsheets, documents, PDFs etc.


p/s: if you find this post help you a lots, be please to leave a comment, TQ


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