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A new version of Google Drive called “Backup and Sync” will be coming out in the next several weeks. Information Technology Services (ITS) wants to make you aware of this new version, even though we recommend that you not plan to upgrade to Backup and Sync.

Backup and Sync is not designed for enterprise users (such as education, government, non-profits) like UNCG. It is primarily intended for consumer users with @gmail.com accounts. Google recommends that enterprise users not use Backup and Sync.

Therefore ITS also recommends that UNCG users continue to use the current Google Drive sync client for their iSpartan account. Google Drive will not automatically upgrade to Backup and Sync and neither should you manually download and install Backup and Sync.


There will be an upgrade for Google Drive coming out later this year called “Drive File Stream” that is designed for enterprise users. At that time, ITS will review the new solution and let you know when it is recommended for use. Google Drive File Stream will allow for direct access to cloud-storage files, instead of syncing.

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If you have questions or need assistance, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or 6-TECH@uncg.edu.