Drive File Stream Preferences

A short video guide how use Google Drive file stream to import files. Google Drive app for iOS and Android — Upload to Google Drive on the go. Auto upload to Google Drive through iOS and Android apps is also a good idea. I have several users using File stream to collaborate on projects with remote offices and consultants. If user A, saves a file to a team drive, it can take over 10 minutes for that file to appear on user B's file stream drive (in file explorer). User b can be in the same office or remotely, the delay is the same. Click over to the Logon tab, check the box at the top and enter the username and password of the Windows account (not your Google Drive account!) where you installed Drive File Stream. Be sure to do this as Drive File Stream will not work properly as a service if it runs in the Local System account. Switch to the Startup tab and check the Ensure that the Windows Networking components have started box. This tells AlwaysUp that Drive File Stream needs the TCP/IP stack to operate.

You can install Google Drive File Stream on your Windows or Mac computer as soon as you have access to Google Drive on the web. Google Drive File Stream is a desktop application that lets you stream My Drive and Shared drives files directly from the cloud.


  • Frees up disk space and network bandwidth.
  • Decreases sync time.
  • Minimizes the amount of company data stored on users’ hard drives.

With Drive File Stream, you can open and edit most document types directly out of Drive File Stream without having to download the file onto your computer. When you make edits to the file, the changes are automatically saved in My Drive.

You can also make My Drive and Shared drives files available for offline access. These cached files sync back to the cloud when you are online, so the latest version is available on all your devices.

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Limitations/Known issues

There are a few limitations and known issues with using Drive File Stream.

Shared drives file editing

If you share a document in a Shared drive with a person who is not a member of that Shared drives, that person will only have the ability to “edit” the file. Shared drives editors cannot edit any Shared drives files when they are open in Drive File Stream; they can only view them. To edit Shared drives files, the editor must open the file in Google Shared drives in a web browser.

Conflict with ESET Antivirus

On a Mac that does not have BigFix installed, the computer will begin responding very slowly when you install Google Drive File Stream. The spinning pinwheel will appear and the computer will respond to your commands very slowly.

To immediately stop the problem, disable the system protection scan in ESET. Follow the steps below to do so.

  1. In the menu bar of the computer, click the ESET icon.
  2. In the menu, click Disable Real-time File System Protection.
  3. Click Disable to confirm that you want to disable real-time file system protection.

To resolve the ESET conflict permanently:

  1. In the menu bar of the computer, click the ESET icon.
  2. In the menu, click Preferences.
  3. In the ESET preferences, click General.
  4. Next to Exclusions, click Setup.
  5. Next, click the plus sign in the lower left to add an exclusion.
  6. In the exclusion path, select Google Drive and then click OK.
  7. The path of the exclusion added in the previous step displays. Click OK to close the window.
  8. Click the ESET icon in the menu bar and click Enable Real-time File System Protection.
Note: Occasionally, adding the exclusion in ESET does not correct the problem. In this case, uninstall Google Drive File Stream by dragging the application icon to the Trash.

Deprecation of Google Drive for Mac/PC sync tool

With the launch of Drive File Stream, Google deprecated the Google Drive for Mac/PC sync tool. Support for the tool ended in Dec. 2017 and the application is no longer available. As an alternative to Google Drive for Mac/PC, you can use the Backup and Sync tool from Google.

How do I install and use Google Drive (formerly File Stream)?

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Google Drive is an application that allows you to access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer without having to synchronize your entire drive or shared drive (saving storage space on your device). With Google Drive, you can access files in your both own Drive and Shared Drives. With Google Drive, your files are stored on the cloud instead of your computer and any changes you make are automatically synchronized with the cloud for quick easy access from any device that supports Google Drive (including mobile phones, tablets, other computers, or the web).

If you have a university-provided computer, Google Drive should already be installed. If it's not installed or to install for your personal Mac or PC, follow the instructions below.

Drive File Stream Preferences

Download and Install

To download, choose your respective platform:

Google Drive Stream Settings

On your computer, open:

  • GoogleDrive.exe on Windows
  • GoogleDrive.dmg on Mac

Google Drive File Stream Preferences

Follow the on-screen instructions. Login using your EWU NetID/SSO username and password (use [email protected] for both faculty/staff and students). Select Allow on the permissions prompt.

System Requirements

Drive File Stream Preferences

Windows: Windows 7 and up. Windows Server 2012 and up.

Mac: El Capitan (10.11) and up. For High Sierra (10.13) or newer, follow these additional steps:

Drive File Stream Preferences
  1. Open Drive File Stream.
  2. At the top left of your screen, go to Apple menuand then System Preferences and then Security & Privacy and then General.
  3. Next to 'System software from developer 'Google, Inc.' was blocked from loading,' click Allow.

Microsoft Outlook requirements

Drive File Stream Preferences

Drive File Stream Preferences Free

Drive File supports Microsoft Outlook version 2010 or greater.

Drive File supports Microsoft Outlook on Windows only.

Using Google Drive

Once Google Drive is installed, a folder called Google Drive will appear on the left in Finder or File Explorer. You will also find the Drive Menu in a different place, depending on what computer you use. On Windows, look for the icon at the bottom right of your screen. On macOS, look at the top right of your screen. Your computer's Google Drive folder will contain both your personal Google Drive and any Shared Drives you can access. The only difference between these files and any other file on your computer is that these files are not stored on your computer by default and any changes you make to them will automatically sync with your cloud storage.

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Google Drive Letter

You can install Google Drive on multiple computers and as long as they are all online, they will synchronize your files automatically between every computer.

For additional information about Google Drive, check out our FAQs.

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