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Google Drive desktop sync client now shutting down on May 12th, 2018

posted Apr 11, 2018, 12:48 AM by Apps Admin
Last year Google announced that the Drive desktop sync client for Mac and PC - a feature officially known as "Google Drive for Mac/PC" - would shut down completely on may 12th, 2018. 

They are encouraging enterprise organizations like us who are still using Drive for Mac/PC to transition to Drive File Stream.

IMPORTANT: this shutdown has no impact on other Google Drive services.

How it works:

With Drive File Stream, you stream your Drive files directly from the cloud to your Mac or PC, freeing up disk space and network bandwidth. Because Drive files are stored in the cloud, any changes you or your collaborators make are automatically updated everywhere. You'll always have the latest version.

You can also make Drive files available for offline access. These cached files sync back to the cloud when you're online, so the latest version is available on all your devices.

You can use Drive File Stream on these operating systems:
  • Windows: Windows 7 and up. Windows Server editions are not supported.
  • Mac: El Capitan (10.11) and up, For High Sierra (10.13).
How to Install Drive File Stream on each user's computer:
  • For Windows
    1. Download GoogleDriveFSSetup.exe or go to your Google Drive click on the gear Settings and click on Download Drive File Stream for Windows
    2. Run the installer in silent mode: GoogleDriveFSSetup --silent
    3. (Recommended) Uninstall Drive for Mac/PC and 
    4. (Optional) Delete the Google Drive folders at \Users\%USER%Google Drive. Use caution deleting this folder, as it may contain content that has not yet been saved or synced.

  • For Mac
    1. Download GoogleDriveFileStream.dmg
    2. Run the installer in silent mode: hdiutil mount GoogleDriveFileStream.dmg; sudo installer -pkg /Volumes/Install\ Google\ Drive\ File\ Stream/GoogleDriveFileStream.pkg -target "/Volumes/Macintosh HD"; hdiutil unmount /Volumes/Install\ Google\ Drive\ File\ Stream/
    3. (Recommended) Delete the Drive for Mac/PC and Backup and Sync applications.
  • To use Drive File Stream on macOS 10.13 (High Sierra):

    1. Open Drive File Stream.
    2. At the top left, go to Apple menu and then System Preferences and then Security & Privacy.
    3. Next to "System software from developer 'Google, Inc.' was blocked from loading," click Allow.