Mar 18th, 2013

It’s not often a Google service experiences outages, so when it does happen we tend to make quite a big deal out of it. It looks like the Mountain View company is having some problems with Google Drive this morning as the service is experiencing intermittent outages. Some people might not notice it, some people will notice a general sense of sluggishness, while others might not be able to access the site at all sometimes.

I’ve gotten hit with a couple of error pages just this morning, though the service seems to be fairly stable for me (albeit a bit slower than I’m used to). So no, you’re not crazy — Google Drive is having issues, and Google knows it. The status site says the problem is still being worked out and we’ll be afforded more information shortly, so hang in there.

[Update]: Google has a tad bit more information for us (latest updates are at the bottom).

We’re aware of a problem with Google Drive affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are unable to access Google Drive. We will provide an update by 3/18/13 11:10 AM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.

In the meantime, we’re also seeing some sluggishness with Google Reader, though Google doesn’t offer status reports for that particular service. Let us know if you’re seeing the same, and be sure to comment if you notice other Google services acting quite odd this morning.

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.

And we’re patched:

The problem with Google Drive should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better. If you are still experiencing an issue, please contact us via the Google Help Center.