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Google Drive

Google Drive has an issue, Google says this morning. And ... that's it. Fact is it's slow as hell on the web -- if it loads at all -- and mobile's only slightly better.

Google now says service should be restored by 1 p.m. EDT. Here's the official word:

Google Drive service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users within the next 1 hours. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

The official word from Google as of 10:17 EDT:

We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive. We will provide more information shortly.

Update: And we've got a new update:

We're aware of a problem with Google Drive affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are unable to access Google Drive. We will provide an update by 3/18/13 11:10 AM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.

So hang in there for now, and sing out if you see any other Google apps acting up.

Source: Google Apps status dashboard

There are 25 comments

josegb2011 says:

YouTube app has been acting up since the last update it signs me out for some reason and fc issues as well.

vinny jr says:

My YouTube app has the same issue. Signs me out anytime I shut my phone off. Have not been having force close issues.
Google Drive is working fine for me.

sele says:

I was able to use drive earlier this morning but now it won't even load. Hopefully they will get it sorted out shortly.

HAAS599 says:

So everyone try to access Drive and kick it while its down.

geekjimmy says:

Reader was acting odd as well, both on Android and in browser on desktop. Could read sub-folders fine, but hitting "All Items" put users in perpetual "Loading...". This seems resolved now, though.

this is at least the 7th time this year.... (documented and admitted by Google)
each time it affected me(including three times when I was using Google Drive
for business... to download a document)

this is totally unacceptable, especially considering how hard Google is trying
to steer us towards the cloud.

major_works says:

Thanks for confirming the problems with Drive. I DID think it was just me.


I was thinking it was the beta channel update I recently got on my chromebook during my entire frustratingly long history class.

mzanette says:

This is the reason that although people beam about "cloud storage" and doing everything in the cloud, it drives you nuts when things like this take place.

npco543 says:

EXACTLY. And it's a perfect example of the fallacy of suggesting no one needs local storage with the availability of "the cloud". The fact is that even when you DO have an internet connection, "the cloud" isn't always available or reliable.

Maybe some day, but it's far, FAR too premature to give up real, local storage for remote storage. In my opinion, even when we have high speed unlimited bandwidth mobile connections, cloud storage still won't be an option because of inevitable outrages like this.

Argh says:

"Sorry, we 'spring cleaned' some of the Drive servers, as usage has dropped slightly"

FjT says:

Its the North Koreans again!

Evoken says:

I saw on another site that what may have caused the problem is the Google Form on this Reddit:

It seems that it has happened before. How can a form made by a single user take down the whole system? They should have some sort of protection against this.

akronevan2 says:

Search on desktop is wonky too!

mlett says:

I was getting really mad at it for I am using it to lead the NCAA Tournament Challenge at my work. I was wanting to send out the forms, but it wasn't working. I was redoing everything thinking my file was bad, but nope it was just Drive acting up. I got it acting well enough to send out the info and forms.

A good illustration as to why Google's everything in the cloud strategy is just no good for me.

Hopefully nobody is missing out on too much mission critical data because of this.

vinny jr says:

I agree, that is why I won't buy a phone with very little int memory. I have many things stored in the cloud but I need certain files at my finger tips at all times and they are large files. I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to get at them if I lost signal strength or my cloud service went down.

jimbo says:

64 GB is a huge amount of internal storage to accommodate any work related files one would use on a smartphone.

craiggger says:

The Sky is falling!Service failure! Sell Sell Sell all Blackberry stock!

Oh wait-

rap1 says:

This is why we should rely on the cloud for everything. No need for local storage.

I love how they always posted these articles with HTC One X pictures and now they're using HTC One pics :') I just love HTC lmfao!

piizzadude says:

This is an illustration of one of the reasons that sdcards should never be gotten rid of. Or for 64gb phones to be the norm not the exception.

Either solution is fine, but 8-16gb phones really are weak

Insp_Gadget says:

I haven't had any problems. (I'm paying for extra storage... if that matters.)

Ok folks, there is a reddit user who is giving away the HTC One by doing a Google Doc application this morning (find it on . About 30 minutes after he posted it, Drive has been crashing. I bet you google blocked his post on reddit, cause I can't find it anymore.

I'm able to access my documents in google drive but now ever since 3/18 I am no longer able to autosubmit formResponses to google spreadsheets. instead it redirects me to viewform where i have to manually click the submit button. it's crucial that the system autosubmits as it's being driven by another application. would anyone happen to know how to resolve this issue?

here's a sample url (notice how 'formResponse?' gets replaced with 'viewform?'):