Use Gmail As A Storage Drive With GFileStorage
By on June 10th, 2008

Online storage space is becoming cheaper and cheaper by the day and we have covered many such free to use online storage websites. Quite some time back we had also posted how to use your Gmail account as your storage device.

Today we will review another such tool which certain has more advantages over other tools available to backup data to your Gmail account.

What is the tool to backup data to your Gmail account?

GFileStorage is a java applet / application which will allow you to easily backup your files to your Gmail account. GFileStorage allows users to manage multiple accounts at once which most of the other tools do not allow you to.

In addition to that GFileStorage will also split larger files so that it does not surpass the limits put in by Gmail for each mail message.

Using GFileStorage

Using GFileStorage is quite easy and you just need to login into your Gmail account to start uploading and downloading files from your Gmail account.


You can add in multiple accounts to GFileStorage and manage all of them at the same time. Once you have added your Gmail accounts you can start managing them clicking on the File upload in the left hand side menu.


GFileStorage also provides you with handy reports for the uploads and downloads you have made to any particular Gmail account.


GFileStorage Features

  1. Free to use with no advertisements ever on the application or website!
  2. No file extension restrictions
  3. Automatic load balancing
  4. Data Encryption
  5. Nothing to install
  6. Complete Privacy
  7. Batching
  8. Because GFileStorage uses Gmail, you are ensured world class data persistence.

New features to be included in future versions

  1. Revision control
  2. Sharing
  3. Different views (As opposed to the excellent drag and drop tree view)


Requirements to Run GFileStorage

GFileStorage is a executable jar (Java archive) file and does not require any installations. You do need to have Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to be able to run GFileStorage on your PC.

If you do not have JRE installed on your PC you can download the latest version from the official Java website.

Since GFileStorage uses JRE to run the application you can use the application on any operating system.

Download: GFileStorage

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  • Magie

    It’s a good service…But, I think this could be a way for Google to get into out personal data. I don’t know if it is right or not. That’s just my opinion…

    • Keith Dsouza

      Well I don’t think this would cause privacy issues since its your email account your using.

      • Silki

        Yes, I agree. In fact if we extend the same argument, Google has access to all our email communications. In fact even many financial transactions like paypal are possible with gmail accounts.

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  • Haris

    Cool – Never thought of using GMail as a storage drive. But I don’t think we’ll be able to link files directly, right?

    • Keith Dsouza

      Well your right you cannot link directly to the files you have uploaded, but nevertheless it can be used to store and retrieve files on the desktop.

  • Joel

    Good application but I currently use Live Mesh for this purpose…I feel its much easier…

    • Keith Dsouza

      Thanks for the info on Live Mesh Joel, I will give it a try.

  • Madhur Kapoor

    Nice find Keith. I have heard of a similar tool called G Drive but this loos better.

  • http://www, Jesse Jackman

    GFileStorage is being developed to store large amounts of data and provide the user access to those files anywhere without installing extra software. Its a different niche than Live Mesh (Which looks spectacular). But most of us nowadays have more than 5GB of pictures, or videos that we want to save in a secure location.

  • Nirmal

    I too have heard about Gdrive. Will try this out.

  • computer tips

    nice find will surely use it
    i used rapidshare n megaupload b4 bt will surely this

  • Rakshit

    I have used G Drive long before. Will give this a try as well

  • andpapad

    Hi there.

    This really good utility but I am using GMailFS and I still prefer it.
    You may take a look here and see it.

  • ZZTech

    Nice. Here’s a simple set of commands to save files in your GMail account:

  • http://THECLOUDFRONT G.Howell

    An Excellent program and service . I can’t think of a more efficient method of utilization of Googles’ “world class servers”. And the best part is that no matter the volume of data…” it just works ” ! Looking forward to any improvement(s). Thanx , and keep up the good work.

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