eli5: Will I lose my files stored in google drive if a google data center gets bombed and it happens to be the one that stores my files?

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eli5: Will I lose my files stored in google drive if a google data center gets bombed and it happens to be the one that stores my files?

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Your files are almost certainly not geographically isolated. Rather they are spread about across multiple datacenters in multiple physical locations just to avoid this very occurance.

Anything that’s stored in cloud is not just stored in one data center. It is replicated across different data centers just to mitigate the scenario you mentioned.

Your files are not in just one data center and Google has multiple data centers around the world. One data center going offline doesn’t effect your files just because it happens to be the closest one to your location. Data continuity is a big deal.

Google Drive runs on the same infrastructure as Google Cloud Storage GCS, which is multi-regional – redundant copies of your data is replicated to remove the risk of data loss (even within a single region, you wouldn’t be at risk if a single location failed, and each location is generally multiple physical datacenters).

GCS (like AWS S3) has something like ‘eleven nines’ durability – i.e. 99.999999999% reliable.

So, no. You’re good.

From Google Clouds FAQ

>Objects written to Cloud Storage must be redundantly stored in at least two different availability zones before the write is acknowledged as successful.

[https://cloud.google.com/storage/docs/faq](https://cloud.google.com/storage/docs/faq)