google gdrive GDrive, Google’s answer to Mozy and Live SkyDrive / Mesh, may be very close to launch.

First, a new sub-domain has been been added to google.com at http://gdrive.svc-1.google.com/ though it continues to point at the main homepage of Google.

Second, a blogger has discovered certain lines in a localization file of Google Pack further confirming the news that Google GDrive is almost here.

The translator has put GDrive product in the "Online file backup and storage’" category and goes on to describe the actual product as:

1. GDrive provides reliable storage for all of your files, including photos, music and documents.

2. GDrive allows you to access your files from anywhere, anytime, and from any device -  be it from your desktop, web browser or cellular phone.

GDrive Pro?

There’s no word about GDrive’s storage capacity yet but I am hoping that Google will consider providing a pro version of GDrive similar to Gmail and Picasa Web Albums where people can buy extra storage space in case their free quota is exhausted.

Google has been planning an online file storage service for more than a year now and the initial plan was to tie all the other Google storage services around GDrive. So if you files stored in Picasa Web Albums or Google Docs or GDrive, you will be able to find all these files with a single keyword search.

WSJ also wrote that GDrive could have a desktop client for uploading files online in addition to the regular Web-based interface. That makes perfect sense. You should be able map GDrive in Windows Explorer and access online files just like another other local hard drive. Let’s see.

Google GDrive – Getting Started Guide

Philipp shares a PDF that talks in detail about installing and using the Google GDrive on PC, Mac and the web. Here’s a summary:

1. GDrive (or Google Web Drive) will provide a desktop client for Mac and Windows allowing you to access online files through the file explorer.

2. Files uploaded to Google Web Drive will also be available from a special folder inside your Google Docs dashboard.

3. To upload local files to your GDrive, you can simply drag and drop these from the desktop onto the G: (or another mapped) drive inside windows explorer.

4. Unlike Windows Live SkyDrive that allows public file downloads, Google Web Drive may only allow private sharing of files.

5. The PDF document puts the storage capacity as 10 GB.