New Chromebook Feature Allows Syncing Of Data Between Removable Media Device And Google Drive

February 19, 2015 - Written By John Anon

There are many benefits to having a Chromebook. First and foremost, they tend to be far more affordable than many of the other options available. Not to mention, they are lightweight, have great battery life and sync rather harmoniously with other Google services. That said, it is not all roses. One of the more traditional issues with Chromebooks is their general lack of space. Chromebooks, as standard, do not come with much built-in storage and although (some) do come with the option of expandable storage via MicroSD card slots, these are also typically quite limited. Especially compared to what we tend to see and get with more traditional desktop and laptop options.

That said, this is where online cloud-based storage comes in. Using a Chromebook does typically mean that you are resigned to embracing online storage, just like you are resigned to embracing online features, services and apps. This is in reality, the nature of a Chromebook. Well, at least the folks over at Google are working on ways in which your cloud storage can be more in-tune with your local storage and especially if you are using Google Drive.

Francois Beaufort (known for his informative Chromebook updating posts) has now given some insight into another feature currently available to Chromebook users running on a dev (developer) channel. It seems if you install any external USB Keys or SD Cards (or devices) then you can immediately sync the data from those external storage units with your Drive account. There is one catch though, your devices or cards must have a “DCIM’ folder in their root. As long as this is the case, then once you open the DCIM folder you should see a small cloud icon appear in the top right corner (like in the image above). Clicking on this will immediately offer to backup the data to Google Drive. Your data will then be stored in Drive in a newly created folder. So not bad for those Chromebook users who are limited on storage. Although, do not forget, to take advantage of the new feature you must be running a dev channel on your Chromebook. Have you noticed the feature already? How do you like it? Let Us know