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Is it possible to "map network drive" for Google Drive so it appears as a usual Windows drive in Explorer?

(And on a Mac and Linux?)

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When you install the Google Drive client app, is it possible to specify a different location for the local folder (other than c:\users\username\Google Drive)? Can you specify a NAS drive letter on your local network (like a Z: drive mapped to a Synology NAS)? Or, after the Google Drive client app is installed, is there a way to change the path for the local folder to a NAS drive letter? –  user131818 May 2 '12 at 15:58
+1 @Bennett Herring - good questions! superuser.com user Pulsar (below) suggests using subst - would that work for you? –  therobyouknow May 2 '12 at 19:37
I'd love to know if it's possible to mount Google Drive as a drive due to serious lack of space on my machine. –  Dan Atkinson May 5 '12 at 18:36
@BennettHerring you can specify where google drive should store the files in the google drive app settings. –  Mattias Isegran Bergander May 6 '12 at 21:34

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No just a folder. Well you could use the subst command to map a folder as drive letter I guess. Haven't tested it, google drive might do something special, syntax wrong somewhere etc.

subst g: "c:\users\username\Google Drive"

Change "username" to your user name of course. Run at startup using a bat-file perhaps i autostart or similar.

I'm curious, why a drive, not OK with just a folder? Multiple users sharing perhaps? If so permissions might be needed to be set.

Update: I got curious and tried it and it seems to work.

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Actually you can persist the subst command across reboots: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subst#Persisting_across_reboots –  Mattias Isegran Bergander May 2 '12 at 12:35
+1 This is good enough. But the steps to getting c:\users\username\Google Drive in the first place aren't shown - presumably this Google Drive has a client app to get this path. What is c:\users\username\Google Drive actually? This looks like a local path on the machine not the network location of Google Drive itself. –  therobyouknow May 2 '12 at 12:49
Google drive indeed has a client app, just like dropbox etc. That app creates and uses that path. You can download the google drive app from your google drive account below the menu to the left: drive.google.com –  Mattias Isegran Bergander May 2 '12 at 12:56
Accepted, I think this covers it. –  therobyouknow May 2 '12 at 14:08

Linux support is on its way apparently. and will no doubt use webdav (possibly FTP too). Windows, OSX and Linux all support mounting webdav based file systems (you use davfs2 under linux).

There will also be a syncing client for linux that means the files will be available when the network is not (the same way the Windows and OSX clients work).

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+1 For the info on the OSs webdav mount capability - I presume Google Drive supports webdav too. –  therobyouknow May 2 '12 at 14:09

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