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#1 WouldBePolymath

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 09:14 AM

I've got a free OneDrive account.  I got an email from MS saying that all of their free accounts are being downgraded to 5GB, effective 10 Aug.

 

I found 19 free cloud storage options (you may have to kill a long-running script here).

 

But what they DON'T tell you about each provider is whether or not using their cloud storage involves doing back ups.  I don't want that.

 

I want a thing like OneDrive, which automatically, on-the-fly maintains copies of your files at all times, without having to do backups.

 

And I'd like it with a storage capacity of more than 5GB.  For free.  Please.

 

Oh yeah, and without technical problems, such as those that plagued iCloud a while back.

 

Anybody know if and where I could get that?



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Posted 28 July 2016 - 09:23 AM

Microsoft announced the change in December, and allowed people to "opt back in" so that they could keep their 15GB, but now the offer is over: http://www.pcworld.com/article/3014183/data-center-cloud/microsoft-will-let-you-keep-your-free-15gb-of-onedrive-storage-if-you-claim-it.html


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Posted 28 July 2016 - 10:15 AM

Hey, WouldBePolymath!

 

I would suggest Google's cloud storage, Google Drive (https://drive.google.com). It gives 15GB of free space, and will automatically sync everything that you put in your local Google Drive folder. I have always used Google Drive for anything I've needed to work on at home and school, and have never had problems with it.

 

Good luck in your search, and if you have any more questions feel free to ask!

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 02:17 PM

Hey, WouldBePolymath!

 

I would suggest Google's cloud storage, Google Drive (https://drive.google.com). It gives 15GB of free space, and will automatically sync everything that you put in your local Google Drive folder. I have always used Google Drive for anything I've needed to work on at home and school, and have never had problems with it.

 

Good luck in your search, and if you have any more questions feel free to ask!

ZC

 

I'm going to +1 this.

 

While I'm not a huge fan of Gmail - which is what I use in tandem with my Google Drive - it is FREE and mine has been working without incident for years and years.

 

And, as for the 15GB of free space, every year they (Google/Gmail) offer up a Security Check and if you complete it, they give you two additional Gigs worth of space. Missed it a few years ago, but I got it last year, so I'm now at 17GBs.

 

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Posted 03 August 2016 - 01:51 PM

Around what time of year does that google drive 2 gigabytes extra get offered? I ought to do that next time it's on offer.

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Posted 03 August 2016 - 01:58 PM

I believe it is on, or near, Safer Internet Day 2017.


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Posted 03 August 2016 - 02:11 PM

What date if the year is "safer internet day"? And given you mention that, how do so many people manage to declare a certain date to be "X day", "International Y day", "national Z day" and such? Thanks
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Posted 03 August 2016 - 02:15 PM

What date if the year is "safer internet day"? And given you mention that, how do so many people manage to declare a certain date to be "X day", "International Y day", "national Z day" and such? Thanks

 

Next year - 2017 - it falls on Feb. 7th.

 

As for who determines what day is "X Day" or "B Day" or "Linux Day"....I have no idea.

 

If I did, I would make the first really cold day of the year, "Winterland Day:lol:


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Posted 16 August 2016 - 04:55 PM

On the assumption that I want a cloud sync service, and one that's well-established and has a large market share (so that it's unlikely that it would go out of business), and one that doesn't have a track record of data loss (like iCloud), and doesn't have any odd requirements (like Box, which requires at least 3 users), it looks like my best options would be:

 

• OneDrive: 5 GB free, 50 GB $1.99 / month,
• Google Drive: 15 GB free, 100 GB $1.99 / month, 1 TB $9.99 / month, OR
• Dropbox Pro: 1 TB $8.25 / month

 

At present I've got about 10GB of data, so I think it makes the most sense to go with a free Google Drive account and upgrade as needed.

 

Comments?

 

And also, I guess I'd just set it up from scatch (easy enough) and then simply delete my OneDrive account, right?



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Posted 30 August 2016 - 12:06 PM

I discovered that since I already have Gmail, I already also have Google Drive.  This should be a piece of cake, no?

 

No.

 

My browser is IE.

 

But when I try to upload a folder to Google Drive, I get "Folder upload is not supported by your browser. Consider downloading Chrome."

 

Well, folder upload worked fine for OneDrive, so really it's "Folder upload is not supported FOR your browser", not BY it.

 

Well,I don't want Chrome, thank you very much.

 

So an upgrade of OneDrive it is.



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Posted 30 August 2016 - 12:17 PM

You could also download the Google Drive app, so it is available like a folder, where you can copy files, and it will sync them automatically.

 

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Posted 30 August 2016 - 12:29 PM

I discovered that since I already have Gmail, I already also have Google Drive.  This should be a piece of cake, no?

 

No.

 

My browser is IE.

 

But when I try to upload a folder to Google Drive, I get "Folder upload is not supported by your browser. Consider downloading Chrome."

 

Well, folder upload worked fine for OneDrive, so really it's "Folder upload is not supported FOR your browser", not BY it.

 

Well,I don't want Chrome, thank you very much.

 

So an upgrade of OneDrive it is.

 

It appears you've made up your mind but in case you haven't - have you considered using Firefox?

 

I use Firefox (and have for years and on multiple devices) with my Google Drive and it works seamlessly.

 

I also hate Chrome  (well, I don't hate it...)  and do not have it installed on any of my personal devices.

 

I like Firefox because I've got it locked down so that it saves nothing of mine, not a single password, login, history, etc. It's secure and pretty fast and I'm logged into my Gmail account (at work) 6+ hours a day and am always uploading and/or downloading files, pics, documents, etc. from my Google Drive without issues.

 

Hope that helps.

 

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Posted 30 August 2016 - 05:25 PM

You could also download the Google Drive app, so it is available like a folder, where you can copy files, and it will sync them automatically.

 

-CKing

 

If I had seen you reply in time maybe I would have done as you suggested, but I went ahead and upgraded my OneDrive.  No big deal.



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Posted 30 August 2016 - 05:29 PM

 

I discovered that since I already have Gmail, I already also have Google Drive.  This should be a piece of cake, no?

 

No.

 

My browser is IE.

 

But when I try to upload a folder to Google Drive, I get "Folder upload is not supported by your browser. Consider downloading Chrome."

 

Well, folder upload worked fine for OneDrive, so really it's "Folder upload is not supported FOR your browser", not BY it.

 

Well,I don't want Chrome, thank you very much.

 

So an upgrade of OneDrive it is.

 

It appears you've made up your mind but in case you haven't - have you considered using Firefox?

 

I use Firefox (and have for years and on multiple devices) with my Google Drive and it works seamlessly.

 

I also hate Chrome  (well, I don't hate it...)  and do not have it installed on any of my personal devices.

 

I like Firefox because I've got it locked down so that it saves nothing of mine, not a single password, login, history, etc. It's secure and pretty fast and I'm logged into my Gmail account (at work) 6+ hours a day and am always uploading and/or downloading files, pics, documents, etc. from my Google Drive without issues.

 

Hope that helps.

 

Winterland

 

 

It wouldn't be so hard to get used to Firefox or Chrome, but there are MANY HUNDREDS of things like that, things that individually are no big deal, but collectively would use up all of my time if I started pursuing them, so I'm very resistant to learn new things that would be time-consuming to learn unless there are compelling reasons to do so.  Which there isn't in this case.



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Posted 30 August 2016 - 05:32 PM

Anyway, my question NOW is: how do I know FOR SURE that my OneDrive account is really converted back from read-only and is really working again?  Without bothering to do a restore, I mean.






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