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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

GMAIL for your Drive online

Gmail is a facility e-mail account provided by, gmail itself has many advantages compared with a similar free email account provided by others, some of the excess gmail is:

POP / IMAP, with this facility we can download the email into the inbox without having to open a gmail from the gmail site, namely the application by using email client such as Outlook, Eudora, Thunderbird etc..
  • Forwarding, allows you to divert incoming email to the email address of our other
  • Themes, to change the appearance of gmail
  • MAIL SEARCH, to find the email that we would want
  • Storage of storage is greater at around 2.5 - 7.5 gigabytes
  • CHAT facility that is integrated so that more practical.

With a storage capacity large enough, we can use gmail as an online drive storage media or online that we can access from wherever we are.

GMail DRIVE is an application that can be used to send the file that we want to Gmail Inbox directly from windows explorer, how it works is the application will send email that contains file attacment to our gmail inbox.

GMail drive is very useful for those who need the media & online storage can be accessed via the internet darimanapun. Create an interested please download an application GMail DRIVE, do the installation process and the gmail drive is ready for use.

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.

You can copy files to and from the GMail Drive folder simply by using drag'n'drop like you're used to with the normal Explorer folders.


First up, download the Gmail Drive shell extension. The download page says you need to have Internet Explorer 5 or higher for installation; this just refers to the fact that Internet Explorer is infernally wed to Windows Explorer and you need a version of the Windows Explorer based on the IE5+ engine. If you're running Windows XP you should be all set with this. No need to actually launch that browser — we wouldn't conscionably recommend that to anyone.

Installation is as simple as running the Setup program. When the installer is finished running, it will tell you you can begin using Gmail Drive right away, but you may actually have to restart your machine before you can access the new drive. If you don't see it in the list of locations under My Computer, just try restarting. Otherwise, you should be seeing Gmail Drive showing up just any regular storage device would.

Double-click the Gmail Drive icon, and you will be prompted for your login information:
Enter your deets and Gmail Drive shell extension will happily enumerate your files and log you in.
If you already have files stored in your account from attachments you've received, etc., you will see them in the Explorer window after you've logged in. Otherwise, if you have no files or if you've just created your brand spankin' new Gmail account, you'll just see an empty Explorer window.

Let's drag and drop some files into our new virtual drive. We'll choose some image files that we shot ourselves because, as far as we know, it's not illegal to copy these yet. Just open an Explorer window with some files you'd like to store on your new file server, select them, and drag and drop them into your Gmail Drive just as you would with any regular file transfer. You'll get a dialogue window with an animation involving a cute little phone that for some reason is sending a letter.

Regardless, it means Gmail Drive is whisking your files happily away and posting them to your Gmail account. When the transfer is finished, you'll see icons for your files in your Gmail Drive.

Fabulous. Now — if you have another Windows XP machine you use regularly — your work PC, for example — you can just set up the Gmail Drive shell extension there and have Explorer-type file manipulation on that machine, as well. This could be a really handy solution for sharing files between your two locations. But since we already know how to use Gmail Drive, let's take a look at what happens when we log in to our Gmail account from a regular old web browser.

More detail :

HOW-TO: Use your Gmail account as a personal file server