Today there are a plethora of options available for storage, both online and off. More and more options are becoming available for cheap and often free online storage. You have to shop around a bit for a service that fits your needs. Some free accounts do not offer a very much capacity, and ones that do offer up to 50GB of storage are not easy to use. In this Online Storage Series we will look at some of the better online storage solutions and how to use them.
The first and perhaps most familiar online storage drive we will look at is SkyDrive. Go to Microsoft’s SkyDrive Live Site and sign in or quickly create an account. Once inside your SkyDrive you can add documents to the default folders which include Documents, Favorites, Photos, and Videos. You are able to create new folder and share folders.
Here I am creating my own new folder called “my music”. When creating your new folder you can decide to have access to them yourself, share with friends, or allow everyone to access them. When selecting “People I choose…” a pop up list of your Windows Live contacts will appear for you to select.
Next, you will be prompted to select the files you want to upload. You can only select individual files and not entire folders or directories unless you zip them up.
However, this is the traditional way of adding files. There is a cool utility the Windows Live SkyDrive Upload Tool you can install for easier drag and drop access.
This makes it a lot easier to add and delete files from the SkyDrive.
While waiting for your files to upload to SkyDrive you are offered a simple flash game to play. For this example I got a little beach ball to toss around YAY!
After the files are uploaded you can go in and access them, create a description, and allow comments to be entered.
On the left side of the screen you have a navigation area which shows the details of each file and also provided the web link where they are located so you can share them or be able to access from another location.
Windows Live SkyDrive includes 5GB of storage. One caveat is the maximum file upload size is 50MB which doesn’t make it too easy to store video files. However, if you want to put away that flash drive you keep losing SkyDrive is free and might work out perfect for you.
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- Published 08/6/08