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Google Drive disruption plagues Internet users


A Google logo is seen through the window in San Francisco during Google's annual developer conference on June 28, 2012 in California.


Kimihiro Hoshino

Google Drive users may have found themselves faced with an inexplicable disruption in their usually trusty cloud-based service on March 18th, leaving many internet addicts and IT worker bees questioning what exactly was going on.

No answers yet, says Google, but users are quickly seeing their Drive service restored, according to the Apps Status dashboard — meaning those sad, broken-apart robots are unlikely to be a permanent browser fixture for the Drive-reliant among us.

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"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," stated an 11:55 AM (EST) update on the Google site, which earlier noted that "a significant subset of users" had been hit with the issue.

Google Drive allows users to save files, synchronize files with others, and performs many of the tasks that Google Docs once did, as more and more users Internet begin the slow shift to cloud storage.

Google has had a publicity-heavy week after the death of Google Reader, a popular RSS feed service that the Internet giant plans to shutter for good by July, claiming the changes had been made as usage of the service declined.