Google data back-up service plans slip onto the net

Google’s plan to offer computer users a stored mirror image of their PC’s hard drive has slipped out.

Google’s plan to offer computer users a stored mirror image of their PC’s hard drive has slipped out.

A wrongly filed slideshow presentation, which appeared on Google’s own website before being pulled by the company, said Google planned to store “100%” of users’ information.

Such a move would require Google to greatly expand its already huge storage facilities, but the service would be a magnet for those users afraid of losing any of their data through system crashes on their PCs.

Most home computer users still don’t back up their data.

Google could use the service to build further loyalty to its web portal brand, which already offers search, e-mail, music and picture storage, video feeds, and desktop tools.

Google is competing against MSN, AOL, Yahoo and others in the increasingly lucrative on-line advertising space, and loyalty to a web portal generates a bigger advertising take.

The plans for the storage expansion were discovered by a blogger looking at the Google website.

Google said the slideshow was not for public consumption.

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