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Only offers 2GB free, but once you download the program on each of your computers every file you create and save to your Dropbox folder can be seen on any of your computers or compatible phone. Also you can access your files through any browser.

File Sync
Dropbox allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically.

Work on files in your Dropbox even if you're offline. Your changes sync once your computer has an Internet connection again.
Dropbox transfers correctly resume where they left off if your connection drops.
Efficient sync: only the pieces of a file that changed (not the whole file) are synced. This saves you time.
Doesn't hog your internet connection. You can manually set bandwidth limits.
File Sharing
Sharing files is simple and done in only a few clicks.

See other people's changes instantly.
A Public folder that lets you link directly to files in your Dropbox.
Control who is able to access shared folders. Kick people out and remove the shared folders from their computers.
Automatically create shareable online photo galleries out of regular folders.
Online Backup
Dropbox backs up your files online without you having to think about it.

Automatic backup of your files.
Undelete files and folders.
Restore previous versions of your files.
30 days of undo history. Upgrades available for unlimited undo.
Web Access
A copy of your files are stored on Dropbox's secure servers. This lets you access them from any computer or mobile device.

Manipulate files as you would on your desktop. Add, edit, delete, rename, etc.
A Recent Events feed that shows you a summary of activity in your Dropbox.

Security & Privacy
Dropbox takes the security and privacy of your files very seriously.

Shared folders are viewable only by people you invite.
All transmission of file data and metadata occurs over an encrypted channel (SSL).
All files stored on Dropbox servers are encrypted (AES-256).
Dropbox website and client software have been hardened against attacks from hackers.
Dropbox employees are not able to view any user's files.
Online access to your files requires your username and password.
Public files are only viewable by people who have a link to the file(s). Public folders are not browsable or searchable.
Mobile Device Access
The free application for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android lets you:

View files from within the application.
Download files for offline viewing.
Take photos and videos and sync them to your Dropbox.
Share links to files in your Dropbox.
Export your files to other applications.
Sync downloaded files so they're up-to-date.
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1 Like #1
This is a real bonus for when your away from home
2 Likes #2
slapheadfb
This is a real bonus for when your away from home

English lesson. You are, or you're. NOT your.
5 Likes #3
People got the gist of his post and that is all that matters. Quit trying to be a Grammar Nazi.

Worth noting also that is you recommend people via your referral link then they add extra storage space to your 'box'
12 Likes #4
Sociopath
People got the gist of his post and that is all that matters. Quit trying to be a Grammar Nazi. Worth noting also that is you recommend people via your referral link then they add extra storage space to your 'box'

I work with adults with dyslexia and this is a common mistake. Sometimes it takes a lot of confidence to post on a forum in a public domain like this one.

Please don't put people off posting - their intent was clear and their intentions were great. I too like things to be perfect in life but realise that modern times mean that intention is more valuable.

Thanks for reading.

Rachel
2 Likes #5
try http://www.dropbox.com/free for an extra 128MB+
#6
Dropbox is ace. Really good when you need to sync up documents with friends and that type of thing. Or transfer a small amount of pictures. Or anything at all. Can share folders with friends and have your own folders.

I use it all the time :-) x
1 Like #7
It's brilliant. I use it to sync files between my home PC, my work laptop and the wife's laptop. You can also get it for your mobile - I've got it on my Android phone, and can access my files and pics anywhere. It's ace!
#8
fatmick
It's brilliant. I use it to sync files between my home PC, my work laptop and the wife's laptop. You can also get it for your mobile - I've got it on my Android phone, and can access my files and pics anywhere. It's ace!

Can I ask? If I have them all synced, does the computer need to be on for me to acess the files on my mobile?

Thanks :)
#9
Mrs.Z

Can I ask? If I have them all synced, does the computer need to be on for me to acess the files on my mobile?

Thanks :)

Each device will have its own Dropbox folder and all the files go in there (or you can of course access them by visiting Dropbox website), and they are synced at start up and every time the file is updated.
#10
Mrs.Z
fatmick
It's brilliant. I use it to sync files between my home PC, my work laptop and the wife's laptop. You can also get it for your mobile - I've got it on my Android phone, and can access my files and pics anywhere. It's ace!

Can I ask? If I have them all synced, does the computer need to be on for me to acess the files on my mobile?

Thanks :)


No, none of your computers need to be on as the files are kept in Dropbox (online) then synced whenever you turn on your computer or mobile.
#11
Thank you x
banned 1 Like #12
just a word of caution when sharing with mates. If they delete a file you have shared with them, you also lose it!
#13
Heard of a USB Drive? lol. A lot easier and cheap as chips. Not to mention 10,000 times faster.

Edited By: QuickProfits on Nov 23, 2010 12:27
banned 2 Likes #14
QuickProfits
Heard of a USB Drive? lol. A lot easier and cheap as chips. Not to mention 10,000 times faster.

Deary me. If you aint got a clue, you should keep it shut. Or just make yourself look extremely foolish.

In b4 squeals of you can post usb sticks to each other lol
#15
QuickProfits
Heard of a USB Drive? lol. A lot easier and cheap as chips. Not to mention 10,000 times faster.


Please let the rest of us know how you manage to send your USB drive across the country to a friend but are able to keep it at the same time? Also, it might be quicker on a single PC, but I bet you cannot beat Dropbox with a USB drive if you have to sync between several computers and in different locations.
Do you understand what Dropbox is?
4 Likes #16
Oh, and the guy going on about using a USB drive instead of dropbox - the whole point of dropbox is that you dont have to think about it. You can't lose a dropbox account, you can't put it in the wash and it won't randomly corrupt. Most importantly, you can't forget to update your files, and you dont have to constantly mess around trying to work out which file is newer - the one on your USB drive or the one your PC. ALL of you computers ALWAYS contain your documents and important files. Once you've used it, you wont even think about USB drives for your docs any more.
#17
Referral above removed, please do not repost.
1 Like #18
Natreeba
Sociopath
People got the gist of his post and that is all that matters. Quit trying to be a Grammar Nazi. Worth noting also that is you recommend people via your referral link then they add extra storage space to your 'box'


I work with adults with dyslexia and this is a common mistake. Sometimes it takes a lot of confidence to post on a forum in a public domain like this one.

Please don't put people off posting - their intent was clear and their intentions were great. I too like things to be perfect in life but realise that modern times mean that intention is more valuable.

Thanks for reading.

Rachel


Is slapheadfb dyslexic? While I also find sloppy or lazy English annoying, there's a great video by Stephen Fry here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7E-aoXLZGY&feature=player_embedded
#19
QuickProfits
Heard of a USB Drive? lol. A lot easier and cheap as chips. Not to mention 10,000 times faster.


http://www.guentherdehn.de/pics/facepalm_jim.jpg
#20
So I take it referrals aren't allowed. Shame, cause it was a win/win deal, and now new dropbox signups miss out too.
#21
Don't forget about Microsoft Skydrive - can be accessed from Hotmail and is upto 25 GB if i remember correctly!
Dropbox is still very cool though! Hot :-)
#22
Love dropbox - remember to get all the extra free space - you can get up to 8G of free by referrals and other stuff, also just started getting extra for twittering etc.:-
https://www.dropbox.com/free
1 Like #23
amitrama86
Don't forget about Microsoft Skydrive - can be accessed from Hotmail and is upto 25 GB if i remember correctly!
Dropbox is still very cool though! Hot :-)


Skydrive is very useful but Dropbox is better. Skydrive is better at backing things up whilst dropbox is best for sharing and synching files.

if people want to try Skydrive then i suggest they download Skydrive Explorer it turns your skydrive into an actual "drive" (like a hard drive) on the computer allowing you to use it in a similar way to dropbox.
#24
Would this work on an iPad syncing with a PC?
#25
Marshie
Would this work on an iPad syncing with a PC?


Yes! Dropbox has a great iPad client which allows you to use files in loads of Apps. Thoroughly recommend it.
banned#26
asdvj
amitrama86
Don't forget about Microsoft Skydrive - can be accessed from Hotmail and is upto 25 GB if i remember correctly!
Dropbox is still very cool though! Hot :-)


Skydrive is very useful but Dropbox is better. Skydrive is better at backing things up whilst dropbox is best for sharing and synching files.

if people want to try Skydrive then i suggest they download Skydrive Explorer it turns your skydrive into an actual "drive" (like a hard drive) on the computer allowing you to use it in a similar way to dropbox.

actually dropbox is far better at backing up than skydrive (skydrive only backs up media files and 50mb limit and no auto sync!).
banned 1 Like #27
TOP TIP

Use KARENS REPLICATOR to auto backup all your important folders to the dropbox folder to a schedule of your choosing. Its the best free backup utility I have come across that works perfectly and is amazingly quick as it can be set to only copy new / changed files from individual folders.

http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp

review

http://www.brighthub.com/computing/smb-security/reviews/56985.aspx

user guide

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/the-geek-blog/backup-data-easily-with-karens-replicator/



Edited By: csiman on Nov 24, 2010 05:35
#28
csiman
TOP TIP

Use KARENS REPLICATOR to auto backup all your important folders to the dropbox folder to a schedule of your choosing. Its the best free backup utility I have come across that works perfectly and is amazingly quick as it can be set to only copy new / changed files from individual folders.


I use BACK2ZIP for exactly the same purpose. If you choose the Amazon activation version then you can backup up to 100 computers. I use the local backup version (see bottom of page on this link, which will backup to any of your drives or Dropbox in exactly the same way as mentioned above. The program (local version) is only 0.5mb.



Edited By: Predikuesi on Nov 24, 2010 08:29
banned#29
Predikuesi
csiman
TOP TIP

Use KARENS REPLICATOR to auto backup all your important folders to the dropbox folder to a schedule of your choosing. Its the best free backup utility I have come across that works perfectly and is amazingly quick as it can be set to only copy new / changed files from individual folders.


I use BACK2ZIP for exactly the same purpose. If you choose the Amazon activation version then you can backup up to 100 computers. I use the local backup version (see bottom of page on this link, which will backup to any of your drives or Dropbox in exactly the same way as mentioned above. The program (local version) is only 0.5mb.



Looks good too

Might be just me but I find these freeware ones far more reliable than the high end ones that have all the bells & whistles but crucially takes ages to run and worse still, the backups are often corrupt when you most need them (acronis true image to name one!).
#30
Voted hot, been using Dropbox for years, its something I use with both work and family. Really couldn’t be without it.
#31
Hot hot hot! Been using dropbox for ages, and it is the most convenient way to share files between PCs, Macs, and iPhone and Android Phones. Plus, there's a web-based file access console, as well as being able to set permissions on certain folders.... you can also send a public link to a file ad-hoc, if you're sending to someone without dropbox.

The only snag is that the 2GB limit is cumulative; so if you share a 500MB folder with 3 others, all four of you will use up 500MB of your individual allowances (rather than just one of you using up 500MB). This adds up really quickly if you're sharing photos and videos; and the 50GB upgrade plan isn't the cheapest thing either.
#32
csiman
just a word of caution when sharing with mates. If they delete a file you have shared with them, you also lose it!

But you can restore it online :)
#33
csiman
just a word of caution when sharing with mates. If they delete a file you have shared with them, you also lose it!

hiroki - But you can restore it online :)

In fact, you can restore it indefinitely. They keep stuff forever, and it doesnt add to your quota.

They also store every version you've created of a file. I f you write a document, and save it periodically, you can retrieve every version from every save point. You can roll back the clock.

I'm in my third year, I've probably installed it 50 times for friends, family and business, not one significant issue, and I can restore files for people when they dont know what to do, within seconds. Its truly brilliant.

The only (minor) downfall is that you have to move files into the 'my dropbox' folder. However, you can work round that if you know what you're doing, and it wont be necessary in the new version (0.8 i think).

last week i deleted my entire 'accounts' folder. Minor heart attack until I had restored (perfectly) from Dropbox within 5 minutes.

Last year, I lost my laptop. Couldnt have cared less. Disconnected it from the online site, bought a new one, installed dropbox, re-sync'd and never lost a byte.

You can even run your applications from it. You can use it remote control your PC. You can do so much with it, its not even funny.
#34
if you are a student and have .edu or ac.uk address, you can claim the double storage with referrals.

so, with this free stuff in the thread + edu + maxed out referrals + completed introduction course, you can get up to 19GB FREE online storage.
#35
befuddled
slapheadfb
This is a real bonus for when your away from home
English lesson. You are, or you're. NOT your.

English lesson #2 ... no need for comma before 'or' .... "You are or you're..."
#36
daveytjunk
csiman
just a word of caution when sharing with mates. If they delete a file you have shared with them, you also lose it!

hiroki - But you can restore it online :)


In fact, you can restore it indefinitely. They keep stuff forever, and it doesnt add to your quota.

They also store every version you've created of a file. I f you write a document, and save it periodically, you can retrieve every version from every save point. You can roll back the clock.



They don't go back forever in the free version -it's only the past 30 days.

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