Google Drive was down for over two hours on Friday afternoon as the cloud storage system experienced a “service disruption,” Google said.
Instead of the page loading, the following message appeared.
— Emily Peters (@EmilyFPeters) October 9, 2015
At 5:10 p.m., Google posted an update on its Apps Status Dashboard.
“Google Drive service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change,” Google said.
Google first posted about the situation at 2:55 p.m. on its Apps Status Dashboard, saying they are “investigating reports of an issue” with six of their services. At 4:10 p.m., the company provided an update.
“Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by 10/9/15, 5:10 p.m. with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience,” Google said.
The current status for Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Docs, Classroom, and Google Realtime API is marked with an orange dot, meaning “service disruption.” Google Drive, which had 240 million users as of September 2014, also tweeted an update at 3:35 p.m.
We know something’s up with Drive for the moment. Rest assured, we’re on it and we’ll update soon. — Google Drive (@googledrive) October 9, 2015
All other applications, including Gmail and Google calendar, were unaffected. The public expressed their frustration on Twitter by creating memes and “Google Drive” quickly started trending.