So after a few weeks of trial and error I can happily report back on a couple of useful apps for uploading/downloading to and from your google storage account/s.
Basically if you have a gmail address you have 7GB of email storage, which you can fill with files/email attachments of upto 25MB in size. For something larger you may consider upgrading your gmail account with google storage , This allows you to store files of up to 1GB and you utilize your storage over all your google accounts such as Gmail, GoogleDocs and Picassa.
1. store files with a Windows Shell Extension for gmail (not an entirely useful way of storing your files, but it does the job and you get an email with the download link)
2. Upload/download files to and from your google DOCs account (yes this is the fabled GDrive) with Gladinet Starter edition (free if you don’t need sync capabilities)
Now go and back something up!