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I was looking into NAS device and then Amazon S3 online storage and then found this from Microsoft. With 25Gb of free storage its a perfect backup solution for things like photos and thought Id share it.

Features:

Windows Live SkyDrive
Free 25 GB online storage means you can Store, access, and share your files online with friends or co-workers, from anywhere.

Hefty storage
With 25 GB of free, password-protected online storage, youve got the freedom to share large photos, files, and documents. You set the passwords and you decide who sees what, so you have confidence that your data is in your control.

Personal folders
Store your files online and access them with virtually any Web-enabled computer or mobile devicewhether its yours, a friends, or a public computer.

Drag and drop
Uploading content is as easy as dragging and dropping the files from your computer onto the Web.

Shared folders
Working on a project with classmates, co-workers, or family? With shared folders, the whole crew can upload, download, and collaborate with you on documents and other files.

Direct links
Each folder on SkyDrive has a unique Web address, so you can save the link as a favorite or copy-and-paste it into e-mail or other documents for direct access.
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#1
Only downside is the 50Mb file size limit but this can be overcome by using non Microsoft tools such as SDExplorer that integrate with your Windows Explorer (I havent tried it). There are plenty more.
http://www.cloudstorageexplorer.com/

Note: Read the Ts&Cs they pass limited details onto Google to set you local cookies for advertising. Not sure Id use SDExplorer.. Im going to stick to the free ActiveX from Microsoft that allows you to drag and drop files from Windows.

You could also zip up large files and split them into 50Mb volumes using something free like 7zip but this is a manual process.

Detail on skydrive here:
http://windowslive.com/online/skydrive

How to automatically backup to skydrive
http://nysicsclubhouse.wordpress.com/2009/05/02/automatically-backup-to-skydrive/
#2
bt waste of time uploading 25gb online when u can bug a 8 gb usb for 8 quid
#3
dingddd
bt waste of time uploading 25gb online when u can bug a 8 gb usb for 8 quid


Erm, if you house burns down or you get burgled its gone... its a safe offsite storage mechanism
Also it is much cheaper than your £8 solution, i.e. free (assuming you are already paying for broadband of course)

Offsite storage is what 99% of companies do with their data (or should do). Id be gutted if I lost all my photos and this is the perfect way to secure them.
Just though Id share it, shame its cold.
#4
jazid
Erm, if you house burns down or you get burgled its gone...
man you have some imaginations :roll:

ok lets play. what if they get hacked? MSN got hacked and was one of the monopoly.

what if your internet is down? for days or even weeks....

and most importantly you dont know who will be watching those photos.

i have 1TB hdd at home for all my personal stuff.

p.s do you honestly upload 25GB online oO. i mean i have 20MB internet connection and my upload speed is around 500kb per second... :thinking:
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If your internet is down? You can't backup.
What if your usb stick/harddrive goes pop? Well solution is to buy a san but that costs.

Paranoid that someone will watch your photos of you enjoying a wet wet wet gig? Truecrypt it and then multivolume it prior to backup.
For me, I'm happy my family photos are safe online.

Azure, skydrive, amazon s3 to name but a few offerings. Its a popular approach and I'm hoping no less secure than the data on your pc ( assuming u connect to the net)

Upload speed is an issue, agreed especially if u try to upload over 5gb in one go but it does depend on how much you want to upload and you can always leave it going overnight unless you are trying to complete you buffy bittorrent collection before the digital copyright law trickles through the house of lords.

I'm assuming its the same cloud hardware security that microsoft have been using for hotmail for years, so I have some faith that they wont be able to afford to mess up their entry into what is a massive business opportunity of the future imo.

Of course you need a proper password in place...
Just my 2p worth on a free solution.
#6
jazid
If your internet is down? You can't backup.
What if your usb stick/harddrive goes pop? Well solution is to buy a san but that costs.

Paranoid that someone will watch your photos of you enjoying a wet wet wet gig? Truecrypt it and then multivolume it prior to backup.
For me, I'm happy my family photos are safe online.

Azure, skydrive, amazon s3 to name but a few offerings. Its a popular approach and I'm hoping no less secure than the data on your pc ( assuming u connect to the net)

Upload speed is an issue, agreed especially if u try to upload over 5gb in one go but it does depend on how much you want to upload and you can always leave it going overnight unless you are trying to complete you buffy bittorrent collection before the digital copyright law trickles through the house of lords.

I'm assuming its the same cloud hardware security that microsoft have been using for hotmail for years, so I have some faith that they wont be able to afford to mess up their entry into what is a massive business opportunity of the future imo.

Of course you need a proper password in place...
Just my 2p worth on a free solution.



i give up u win ^^ :whistling:
#7
Backing up off site in a cloud is always a good option.

I have EVERYTHING on my macbook pro, which backs up to a apple time machine. I also keep a super dupa clone of the drive (monthly) in a safe at work.

I plan to use online back up, as a just incase back up. Better safe than sorry tbh. My photos are priceless !
banned#8
would never bother with SkyDrive but cloud storage is what sensible people are using
#9
Mascherano
would never bother with SkyDrive but cloud storage is what sensible people are using


Just to clarify that Skydrive is cloud storage.
#10
Signed up because it could be useful addition to my free dropbox account but as soon as I logged in I was presented with this:

http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/9112/skydrive.jpg

Not a good first impression :(
#11
Lol ?
#12
Was working at 8pm. It wasn't working for me 2 minutes ago, but seems to be fine now.
#13
jazid
I have some faith that they wont be able to afford to mess up their entry into what is a massive business opportunity of the future imo.


:oops:
#14
dingddd
:oops:


lmao. you win
banned#15
+1 for dropbox
flawless
#16
:roll:
dingddd;8413301
bt waste of time uploading 25gb online when u can bug a 8 gb usb for 8 quid
#17
dingddd;8413602
man you have some imaginations :roll:

ok lets play. what if they get hacked? MSN got hacked and was one of the monopoly.

what if your internet is down? for days or even weeks....

and most importantly you dont know who will be watching those photos.

i have 1TB hdd at home for all my personal stuff.

p.s do you honestly upload 25GB online oO. i mean i have 20MB internet connection and my upload speed is around 500kb per second... :thinking:



i was burgled but i have several copies of my files onsite and offsite so im fine....you are living in a fantasy world if you think you stuff is safe on a usb stick.....usb stick arent great as storage solution btw, they are only really intended for moving files quickly from one pc to another where using the network isnt possible or ideal....using it as a main storage solution is plain stupid, having said that i dont use online storage as i dont trust them to store it properly and i wouldnt store anything that could be used to steal from me
banned#18
dingddd;8414190
i give up u win ^^ :whistling:

yeah, you did fail on an epic scale suggesting an external HDD or even a USB stick is a better option than encrypted online storage!

having said that, this is pretty useless as you have to back up 1 file at a time! :w00t:
banned#19
Mascherano;8416428
+1 for dropbox
flawless

+2

much better :thumbsup:
#20
dingddd
man you have some imaginations :roll:

ok lets play. what if they get hacked? MSN got hacked and was one of the monopoly.

what if your internet is down? for days or even weeks....

and most importantly you dont know who will be watching those photos.

i have 1TB hdd at home for all my personal stuff.

p.s do you honestly upload 25GB online oO. i mean i have 20MB internet connection and my upload speed is around 500kb per second... :thinking:


I always thought a monpoly meant one!!! Correct me if I'm wrong lol
#21
I use Skydrive to store some important files I might need to access away from home. It's always been reliable for me. 25gb sadly isn't big enough to house my photos as I have like 60+Gb because they are RAW images.

Offsite backup is always a good idea. This is free so I don't see what the complaints are.

MS Live Mesh is also very good. Still in beta but gives you 2gb storage currently (worth noting Skydrive didn't offer 25gb at first it was 5gb). Mesh allows you to sync folders and stores a copy online too. Extremely good for syncing say ya Favorites between work and home PC's etc. Mine syncs between 3 so I always get the exact same favorites.

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