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Doris W. in TN
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Date: 2/14/14 11:31 AM

I really need to do more than backup my data, machine embroidery designs and a WORD documents that have sewing tips, etc., to my external hard drive. Because, really, if they house goes in a tornado or fire, they do, too.

My new desktop computer has Win7 OS and I discovered the Microsoft SkyDrive. Looks like this is free!

Have any of you used it? Opinions? Is it cloud-based, I guess?

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Date: 2/14/14 12:16 PM

One article I Googled on that said that you get a free 7G. That's not much. You could get a flash drive for a few bucks, and have a good, trusted friend or relative keep it for you. Google also has Google Drive, which gives a free 15G of space.

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Date: 2/14/14 7:49 PM

Thanks Al. I did not realize it is only 7G. I need to do more research.

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Date: 2/15/14 8:43 PM

I use Dropbox as a 3rd back up option. You get 50GB of space for free. I also use it as a collaboration drive for sharing files. Our ASG Chapter uses Dropbox for the Chapter Advisory Board files too.

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Date: 2/16/14 4:02 AM

It may be a case of me being paranoid but I would never rely on a cloud based storage system. What if whoever owns it suddenly drifts away (pardon the pun) you will have lost everything. Apart from the problem you really don't know who can access it.

I have a very small (physical size) external hard drive that I plug in once a week to do backups but I also have automatic real time backups going on all the time. The drive for that is also relatively small in size and is easily grabbed in case of emergency. For really important stuff a weekly backup is kept off site.

From someone who doesn't want to loose anything

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Date: 2/16/14 6:01 PM

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It may be a case of me being paranoid but I would never rely on a cloud based storage system. What if whoever owns it suddenly drifts away (pardon the pun) you will have lost everything. Apart from the problem you really don't know who can access it.

Trust me, I have considered that aspect already. Hackers, clouds drifting away, ownership of cloud system changing, etc. External hard drives can crash also, so no system is 100% perfect. Hhhmmmmm.... maybe I should use two external hard drives; one to back up the backup.

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Date: 2/16/14 10:53 PM

I use Skydrive to back up my work documents--have done so for a year and it's been easy and reliable. It's on Windows Azure, and has a lot of built-in security. It's not going anywhere--I work with a lot of businesses who are far more wary about security, support, and longevity than I that use it through their Office 365 subscriptions.

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Date: 2/17/14 2:37 AM

Whatever method you choose, be sure you are using more than one form of back up. When I mentioned Dropbox, I said it was my 3rd back up. I back up to an external hard drive daily, burn weekly copies of critical files to DVD's which are stored in a fire/waterproof lockbox and then use Dropbox as my 3rd back up. My system may be slightly extreme, but I worked in IT for many years and saw the results of NOT having multiple back up systems. For most people, two back ups, like an external hard drive and cloud storage, are generally sufficient to cover most situations.

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Date: 2/17/14 8:38 AM

I use SkyDrive - soon to be renamed OneDrive - a lot. I started using it a few years ago, back when they gave you 25 Gb free, now you get 7 Gb free and it costs $25/year for each 50Gb. You get 20 Gb more storage by having an Office 365 account (provides you access to all Office software). I got 200 Gb of storage free for 2 years when I bought a Surface tablet. Twice in the last few months Microsoft has sent me another 20 Gb for one year for free.

Dropbox gives you 2Gb free and it costs $99/year for 100 Gb. You can get 500 Mb for each friend you refer, up to 16 Gb total - 32 friends). You can also get 250 Mb more by taking a tour of the site and doing other things. Note the sizes here for free space are in Mb, not Gb.

I use SkyDrive to store photos from my phone, which are uploaded automatically. I also use it heavily with OneNote, which I used for everything from grocery lists to a library of all my sewing patterns. I also back up my Surface to it, and I use it to store copies of downloaded e-docs of knitting patterns, digital Threads and other magazines so that I can view them from anywhere.

I can also share specific files or folders with individuals or the general public. You can make the sharing read-only or you can give the other person the ability to edit. The file opens using the web-based applications, so the person reading or editing the file doesn't have to have Word, for example. You just can't do as much editing as you would if you had the application on your desktop, but you can do basic stuff.

Files uploaded to SkyDrive can't be more than 2 Gb in size for uploads. I've only run into this limitation when I wanted to upload copies of some long videos. You can upload large files to Dropbox, if that's important to you.

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Date: 2/17/14 9:12 AM

Nevermind was incorrect both Amazon will accept embroidery files. But you need the computer app to up load folders otherwise you are uploading them one at a time. Going to test Google next.
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