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Your views on skydrive, please?

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    Your views on skydrive, please?


    My shiny new Dell XPS runs Win8 (not 8.1). Needing to beef up security backup I've been looking at the (UK) Which cloud reports, and they include a decent rating for skydrive.

    I'm content with Office 2010. Loads of pix and music. I guess I'd need to pay for <60gb. For various reasons I still have an old-fashioned copper wire internet connection through BT, i.e. not fibre. Concerned about speed implications and any other considerations.

    Would be interested in your experiences!

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    Posts : 96
    Win 8.1 Enterprise


    Hi there,

    I find Skydrive great and useful. I've been using it for quite a while now. If you are using Office 2010, it will hand-shake well with Skydrive. I also have a Windows 8 phone and I'm able to retrieve all my files stored from Skydrive.
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    Thanks for your thoughts on this!

    A supplementary: Somewhat to my surprise, I've managed to install a version of MS Money (remember that?) to run under Win8. Can anyone please tell me if it's possible to upload the data (it's in a .mny folder) into skydrive?
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    Sure, you could put a money file into skydive.

    Remember, 60gb with a home internet provider with limited upload speeds is going to take quite awhile.

    Also, be sure to back up skydive regularly. Friend of mine one day just woke up and his skydive was empty, it synchronized the empty directory back to his machine and he lost his data. He called MS and they said they had a problem and his data was lost and unrecoverable.

    Finally, consider security for your files. Baking and tax info either should not be out there or protected in an encrypted folder with a tool such as Boxcryptor.
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    Hasselt, Belgium
    Posts : 75
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32/64


    As long as you stay with Windows 8 and the SkyDrive for this version of Windows, it works perfectly.

    After updating to Windows 8.1, it stopped synchronizing the files for me, and now I have even disabled it because it was preventing my PC to automatically sleep. I'm sure M$ will fix it, but for now, SkyDrive under Windows 8.1 isn't stable anymore.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Rudy Mas View Post
    As long as you stay with Windows 8 and the SkyDrive for this version of Windows, it works perfectly.

    After updating to Windows 8.1, it stopped synchronizing the files for me, and now I have even disabled it because it was preventing my PC to automatically sleep. I'm sure M$ will fix it, but for now, SkyDrive under Windows 8.1 isn't stable anymore.
    what you said
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    I wouldn't suggest any backups in free featured third party hands without an additional backup secured elsewhere. Easier, faster, and more secure to backup locally, even on an external drive.
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    Hasselt, Belgium
    Posts : 75
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32/64


    Quote Originally Posted by MacG32 View Post
    I wouldn't suggest any backups in free featured third party hands without an additional backup secured elsewhere. Easier, faster, and more secure to backup locally, even on an external drive.
    I agree with this.

    SkyDrive, or any other cloud, is great for keeping work files synced on. I have several and have separated them in my different hobbies. I have one for my Photography, another for my stories I write, and one where I keep more personal files on.

    However, my system backups I keep on an external hard disk and this backup is then also copied to a NAS.

    Just to make sure that I always have a second backup in the case both my PC and external hard disk would die at the same time.


    Making a backup over the Internet is too time consuming if you don't have a fast upload and download connection. My download is fast, but I only have a 6MB upload. That's way too slow for a backup externally.

    For safety, you could always store a backup drive at a friends home. Just in case your house and all in it is destroyed. I do this for my photos, because losing them would be a disaster, even when it's only a hobby. But for most people, at least one backup on an external hard disk would probably be enough already.
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    Thanks to all. I'm sorry to keep banging on about this.

    Yes, my main reason for interest in skydrive is as a backup medium, rather than for sharing (although we do have a Win8 laptop).

    In addition to the .mny folder I maintain, I have a family history app which creates a .ged folder. It now appears that, yup, skydrive can upload but the file types it actually guarantees are the bog standard ones, i.e. do not include these two, which are v important to me. Therefore it appears that, as strongly suggested above, I would need to use alternative forms of security anyway, which rather defeats my objective.

    Regarding an external drive:- unfortunately my reason for pursuing cloud backup is that I have been using a western digital external, but that has developed a will of its own! Also, I had thought offsite storage to be advantageous, although I was grateful for the 'cons' mentioned above. Perhaps I should now explore using the laptop for the purpose. If so, what's the best way of achieving that please?
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    Hasselt, Belgium
    Posts : 75
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32/64


    What do you mean with 'a will of its own'? (I have a clue about it, but I just ask it to be sure you mean what I think.)


    For clouds, I also use Dropbox, Box and Google Drive, and I'm very happy about those three. In the past, I also used SkyDrive and never had any troubles with it. Any kind of file was properly shared between my computers. So, I'm sure I will go back to it, the moment Microsoft repairs the now buggy Windows 8.1 SkyDrive.

    With Dropbox, you can also share folders with people who also have a Dropbox account. I use this for sending documents to friends. It's more reliable than E-mail for me.

    The other two are for my personal use, so I haven't checked the sharing capabilities yet.
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