OneDrive vs. Google Drive: Which one is better

Aftab Alam | Updated On - 02 Jun 2021 |

Introduction

Cloud storage has given the users excellent flexibility to reduce the load of files present in the Operating System. Users can now migrate the content from File System to Cloud by uploading them directly, either individually or in folders. Each file’s features like permission levels, access rights, format, and metadata remain the same as they were saved on the computer, and the user can access them from any device or location.

Cloud storage services are available through various vendors like Google and Microsoft, and they provide adequate security and accessibility features to the users and data. Today, we will compare two import storage services Google Drive and OneDrive, from Google and Microsoft, respectively. We will check how they are beneficial on several factors and their pros/cons also.

Key Factors

Google Drive and OneDrive both offer the same level of storage and sharing services, but their user-interface, pricing, backup, security, and availability are different. We would check out such factors one by one.

1- User-interface

Google Drive

The user interface of Google Drive is minimal. You can compare it with Gmail, where all the options are present on the left-hand side. There is New option that is useful to upload files and folders. My Drive, Computers, and Shared with Me options to check out the uploaded files. You can check out the recent and starred files. The deleted items will be present in the Trash folder. It will also show the available space and occupied space.

interface of Google Drive

OneDrive

OneDrive has a more minimal interface where all files are present in the My files option. There is a separate Photo option to check out the images only. There is a special Personal Vault to make the storage more personal. The deleted items will be present in the Recycle Bin.

interface of OneDrive

2- Pricing Plans.

When the free space becomes occupied with the existing data, the user can purchase more space with the available plans.

Google Drive

Google offers more storage in Drive with the help of Google One plans. When the user chooses to get more storage, the available plans will be 100 GB, 200 GB, and 2 TB.

The pricing is $17.9, $28.9, and $89.9, respectively. But the pricing changes as per the region where you are using the Google services.

Google One plans

OneDrive

OneDrive gives 5GB free space for usage. After that, the user can purchase various plans like Microsoft 365 Family, Microsoft 365 Personal, and OneDrive Only. The pricing is $9.99, $6.99, and $1.99 per month, respectively.

OneDrive plan

3-Security features

Both platforms are known for some sturdy security features and proper encryption methods to save the data.

Google Drive

Google employs a 128-bit or 256-bit AES keys for Google Drive. It helps in keeping the data confidential as well as secure. The files remain Private for access, but you can make them Public to share with other users or when you work on a public computer.

OneDrive

For secure content protection, OneDrive encrypts each file with AES256 keys. These keys are unique, encrypted, and placed in the Azure Key Vault. There is a minimum chance to penetrate such security. Microsoft also has Virus scanning on download, suspicious activity monitoring, password protection, ransomware detection, and recovery.

4-Desktop Availability

The data present in Google Drive and OneDrive is not only available through the web browser or mobile apps. But the user can check out the data on Windows Desktop also.

Google Drive

Google has an application called Google Drive for Desktop that can be included in the computer system to directly access your Google Drive data. The tool’s shortcut is present in the Favorites, and you can use it to check the data.

Desktop Availability

OneDrive

The modern Operating System like Windows 10 has the inbuilt link for OneDrive. You can add it with the default account and access all the data.

OneDrive Desktop Availability

5-Data Sharing

There is sharing option available on both platforms. The users can choose any file or folder and share it with anybody. The sharing is not limited to the same platform accounts, but you can share with any email address.

Google Drive

Choose any file or folder and right-click to it. Then choose the Share option.

Data Sharing

OneDrive

In OneDrive, when you select any file, then all the options become active. The first one is Share, and you can choose to share the file.

Data Sharing

When you share the file and folders with other users, the files remain in the same account, but the user can only access them.

If you want to migrate the content completely, you should use professional migrator software to secure transfer.

Kernel Migrator for SharePoint

Kernel Migrator for SharePoint is special migration-related software that allows a resourceful migration between Google Drive and OneDrive for Business. There are multiple features like filters, permission migration, scheduling, and migration reports that help the user migrate the content with full control.