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  1. #1


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    Sky Drive


    For the last couple of years I have been using a service called Drop Box to backup some of my files. I see that Sky Drive is one of the free apps that I can get with Windows 8. Is it something similar to Drop Box? If so I may use it.

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    yes, Skydrive is very similar to Dropbox.

    I use both actually. Skydrive, because I have 25 GB with them versus Dropbox where I have 11 GB. Functionality is pretty much the same.

    Dropbox is easier to use in my opinion. I spent forever trying to figure out how to share folders in Skydrive. Had to resort to googling and watching videos on how to share a folder in Skydrive. Without tutorials, I kept on sending email links to folders which is not the behavior I wanted (I wanted to have a folder, like in Dropbox, where you and your friends can drop files into back and forth).

    But now that I've watched some videos, Skydrive is fine. I just think you shouldn't have to watch tutorials.

    I miss Live Mesh though. I used to have a combination of Dropbox, Skydrive, and Live Mesh. But Microsoft retired Live Mesh.
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  3. #3


    Ohio
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    yes, Skydrive is very similar to Dropbox.

    I use both actually. Skydrive, because I have 25 GB with them versus Dropbox where I have 11 GB. Functionality is pretty much the same.

    Dropbox is easier to use in my opinion. I spent forever trying to figure out how to share folders in Skydrive. Had to resort to googling and watching videos on how to share a folder in Skydrive. Without tutorials, I kept on sending email links to folders which is not the behavior I wanted (I wanted to have a folder, like in Dropbox, where you and your friends can drop files into back and forth).

    But now that I've watched some videos, Skydrive is fine. I just think you shouldn't have to watch tutorials.

    I miss Live Mesh though. I used to have a combination of Dropbox, Skydrive, and Live Mesh. But Microsoft retired Live Mesh.
    What I don't understand is the sharing of files. The only reason I would want it is to use store my files and then retrieve them if for some reason I lose them. No one else can have access to the files can they? There is apparently something here that I'm not understanding
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    depends on what you want to use cloud storage for.

    for me, cloud storage is for my friends and I to share files. For example, in the old days, if my brother wanted to send me pics of his daughter (my niece), he'd have to email me. So he'd have to tell me to check my email every time he sent some. But now, he just throws it in the dropbox/skydrive and I see it as soon as it comes.

    Same things when my friends and I need to make sure we have the same files for either collaboration or gaming. Like if we wanted to play Street Fighter II over MAME, we needed to make sure we had the same version of SF2 and the same version of MAME. Skydrive/Dropbox makes this very easy.

    Now, if you want it for privacy, this is easily done in either Skydrive and Dropbox. You create a separate folder that only your friends can see. Whatever is not in that folder cannot be seen by anyone but yourself. So if I want only David to see a folder, I create a folder and only give David access to that folder. If I want only Sara to see another folder, I create a folder and only give Sara permission to see it. If I want both Sara and David to see the contents of a folder, I create another folder that allows both of them permission to see. That way, I can send them a file to share in common or send them files that I don't want the other to see.

    by default, no one can see what's in your skydrive or dropbox. only if you give them permission to that particular folder will then see the contents. so give them private folders.

    for what you do, skydrive is a great substitute for dropbox because it's built into windows and you get more storage than dropbox.
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  5. #5


    Ohio
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Thank you, that's a good explanation. It is more clear to me now and it sounds like a good way to share things with my kids and keep the privacy that I want. I think I'll install it.
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    If you are just starting with SkyDrive - they have dropped the free storage from 25gb to 7gb.

    Gee - there's a surprise.
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    They send an email to the owner of 25 gb to ask if they want to keep it.
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  8. #8


    Ohio
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    If you are just starting with SkyDrive - they have dropped the free storage from 25gb to 7gb.

    Gee - there's a surprise.
    The free 7gb will suit me and is better than the free 2gb that I get with drop box. But it's good to know as I'm going to install it now. Who knows, they may drop it to a smaller amount later on.
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  9. #9


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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Google apps as 5 gb
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  10. #10


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    whatever size you have is the size you get to keep. since I had skydrive when it was 25 GB, i was grandfathered the 25 GB. yes, if you were to create a new skydrive account now, it's 7 GB free with the option for additional space if you pay. this is still very competitive to what the others are offering.

    you will not lose any storage space. so if you have 25 GB of storage, it does not drop to 7 GB.
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