How To Use Google's Free Online Hard Drive

A month ago, Google (GOOG) announced it would provide users a free, online hard drive through Google Docs.

We tried it out over the weekend. It’s awesome.

Here’s how you can use it, too.

Don’t have a Google account? Start here.

Have a Google Docs account? Start here.

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title=”Google lets you upload multiple files at time. We’re going to upload pictures of next season’s Bachelorette, Facebook employee Ali Fedotowsky. Click “select.””
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