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How to use Gmail as an Online Gmail Hard Drive

As we all know, Gmail is one of the biggest and popular Free E-mail web mail service that gives you 7 Gigs of Storage Space for each E-mail ID. Now that’s a lot of space you have there, but what if I say that we can use that space as an online hard drive. This space can be used as your virtual online drive where you could store your files, the benefit of using this is that those who want to access these files anywhere they want can easily access them, literally you can access on any system which  has an  internet connection to access your Gmail. The files which are stored in Gmail online drive will reflect the same files on your Gmail inbox as an e-mail attachment. However,  there is file size limit of 20mb, A single file cannot exceed size more than 20mb which is the restriction of Gmail file size limit for the attachment.

Gmail as an Online Gmail Hard Drive


This trick is possible for Windows and mac, I haven’t found any tools available for Linux. I would show you, how you can create a virtual Gmail drive on your system which will act as an Online Drive for you.

For Windows:

Gmail Drive: Gmail Drive is a popular tool which is available for windows. Gmail Drive is a shell extension which enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your Gmail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer, where you can create new folders, copy and drag’n’drop files to. It acts as an online hard drive where you could store, copy, paste or delete files. Currently Gmail drive can handle only one account at a time.

gmail drive

For MAC:

gDisk: For Mac you could use gDisk. However, I have never tested this using gDisk. This is the only tool available for mac. gDisk is a software that turns your GMail account into a portable hard drive so you can always have your important files accessible across the Internet.

You may find some more tools on internet but the tools which I have listed here are the best tools compared to others. There is one more tool for Firefox add-on named Gspace, which acts as  FTP for Gmail and works as an online drive for Gmail. Currently, the add-on doesn’t support for version later than 3.6.

Note: These tools are third party tools and do not associate anyway with Google. It may be possible that support for these tools may be suspended at any time if Google decides to block its use.

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Roshan Karkera a.k.a. k.roshan. Blogger by passion and software engineer by profession. He believes in sharing knowledge, which made him to start his own blog. He is very much keen & passionate about new technology & Science. If you'd like to connect with him, follow at Google plus or Twitter.
  • Anonymous

    can't belive that could be possible. i m on window and that tools is awesome..

  • albert

    is there any tools for linux, I tried Gmail Drive and its cool.

  • Sarah

    Hi, I'm a member of the Gmail team. I don't recommend doing this — it is a violation of our Terms of Service:


    However, you can upload files to Google Docs:



  • Anonymous

    Techie inspire rocks, all awesome info here and good writing..thanks

  • sal

    this is working good, now i can use this to save backup where i can use anywhere

  • Anonymous

    With SharedSafe (www.sharedsafe.com) you can do the same thing on yahoo or any other mail provider offering IMAP.

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