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Give some advice for online storage - OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox


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#1 cafejose

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 02:42 AM

Desiring to try some of these online file storages, OneDrive, GoogleDrive, DropBox, or others, I did some online reading, and am hoping for some advice and insight.

 

What kind of options are possible in telling which files from which folders on a computer to backup/store/synchronize?

  • I do not yet wish to have a Microsoft account; I use two computers with Windows 10, and one computer with Windows Vista.
  • I may want to store or safeguard or have in reserve wordprocessed files, spreadsheet files, pictures, images, and videos.
  • I may start the various files either in Pictures folder, or in Documents folder, or in subfolders in one of these or outside of these folders.
  • I would not really want entire Documents folder nor entire Picture folders coped/backedup/synced.
  • I would want to use a "desktop" program for the online storage installed onto the computer or computers.

 

What can you all tell me.



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#2 VB30

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:31 AM

Hi,

 

Have you looked at MiMedia.

 

http://www.mimedia.com/

 

The app is more like a backup that stores folders or subfolder in the cloud which you can select and can be run on a scheldule.



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:37 AM

The first thing is that you will need an account for any of the services you've listed.  That account serves as the connection between your local computer and cloud storage.

 

I use Google Drive myself, and actually set it up before GoogleDriveSync (which is now called Google Backup & Sync) existed.  You can choose specific files and/or folders that you wish to sync with your Google Drive space and a local copy of the synced file is saved so that if you need access when you don't have a cloud connection you still have something to work on, which will get synced up to the cloud the next time you connect.   I keep all of the files and folders I sync entirely separate from the standard Windows hierarchy so that I am completely clear about what content is, and is not, being synced.  With Google Backup & Sync a folder will be created that is dedicated to the files/folders being synced and it appears in File Explorer.  There are icon overlays letting you know whether the contents have been synced, are awaiting sync, or if there was a sync failure of some sort.

 

I played, very briefly, with OneDrive but since I have several Google Accounts I did not decide to use it.  I've never touched DropBox though I definitely know of it.


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Posted 21 March 2018 - 10:37 PM

I use rclone: https://rclone.org/

rclone is free and has over 30 cloud-storage providers to choose from, so you’re never locked into a provider.
 
 
Use filter rules to specify what directories or files you want to include and exclude.





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