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How to Use Gmail as a Personal File Server

Access your files from any computer by using Gmail as a personal file server.


  • Step 1: Download Download the Gmail Drive shell extension. The extension is only available for Windows.
  • TIP: The program Gspace can be used with any PC or Mac and works as an extension under tools in the Firefox web browser.
  • Step 2: Setup Run Setup to install the Gmail Drive shell extension.
  • Step 3: Restart Restart your computer.
  • Step 4: Open the drive Go to My Computer and find the drive labeled Gmail Drive. Double click to open it.
  • Step 5: Enter account information Enter your Gmail username and password when prompted.
  • Step 6: Transfer files Drag and drop files into the folder when the window opens. Any previously downloaded attachments from your email will also be on the drive.
  • TIP: Avoid storing sensitive or important files on the Gmail drive. This is not an official option approved by Google.
  • Step 7: Install on all your computers Install the shell extension on any other computers you use so you can access your files from anywhere.
  • FACT: The original name for the search engine Google was BackRub.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Gmail account
  • Gmail Drive shell extension
  • Gspace (optional)
  • Firefox (optional)

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