SkyDrive - a parking place for files you want to shuttle from one computer to another

From the NYTimes:

SkyDrive is a free, 25-gigabyte virtual hard drive on the Internet, accessible from any computer. It's a perfect intermediate parking place for files you want to shuttle from one computer to another. You can also use it for offsite backup of your most important files, or as a handy intermediary for sharing big folders with other people far away.

The key point is that you can pull the SkyDrive onto any computer's screen--Mac, Windows, whatever--at your office, at your home, at your friend's house, so you don't need to carry around a physical disk to transport files.

Now, my Twitter followers alerted me that there is, in fact, a free service that offers more storage:, with 50 gigabytes.

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Comments from Google Buzz:

Vamsi Balakrishnan - Or google docs (which allows files to be uploaded that are up to 1gig each).

Ves Dimov, M.D. - Google Docs provides only 1 GB for free though compared to 25 GB by SkyDrive...

Jim Ball - I use SkyDrive and love it.

Vamsi Balakrishnan - Storage is cheap though and most people who are more...educated about the internet uses a Gmail account (also, Gmail users have better credit scores than other email address users! super amusing fact. Please don't reply and say, "it's not an official study." because it's not

Also, Google docs allows 1 gig upload versus 50MB for skydrive (I think it was upped to 200MB recently solely to compete with Google's 1GB upload limit; reminds me of the time when Google offered 1GB of email storage when Microsoft/Yahoo offered a whopping 5MB). I thought you were talking about "shuttling files" in terms of sharing them to a different computer...shuttling 25GB worth of files a DVD burner or external HD should jsut be used.

Not everyone has only 1 gig available. Google had a deal for eyeFi cards for cameras...get the eye fi card, get 200GB free.

Skydrive though is superior to Google Docs in terms on a single facet: does not have any good DIRECT integration into Windows. But, that advantage is really just for Windows alone, not any other OS.

For syncing two computer, I think that SpiderOak is superior to a lot of software options. For classes, I use a tablet (12" screen) but for studying at home, I use a 15" + 24" screens. I keep SpiderOak running in the background of both computers, and it automatically synchronizes folders on both computers so that I don't have to transfer files actively. It gives 2GB free and allows the software utilization. For $50/year (for students) you get 100GB. The only advantage to this is backing up files and synchronizing folders across multiple computers. SpiderOak works across linux, MacOSX, Windows, etc.

Dr Mike Cadogan - I use DropBox
I find it a great way to share files between people, retain documents offline and retrieve on any computer, write and edit textbooks as well as share very large files around the world
The iPhone app means I can access and review all documents on the fly

Ves Dimov, M.D. - Currently, I use SkyDrive mostly to backup my podcasts (most of them are less than 25 MB). Thank you for the great comments.

André Hopkins - Skydrive is excellent for transferring large files (and yes music)...but with regards to back-ups....I may be reverting back to the old external hard drive. I've been using Mozy since November to back up my 1.1 tb of data....still waiting for it to finish.

Ves Dimov, M.D. - Re: "I've been using Mozy since November to back up my 1.1 tb of data....still waiting for it to finish.":)

Vamsi Balakrishnan - Try making it integrated if you haven't (included the guide link above). You can use syncback ( to automatically move the files from wherever (assuming you're using iTunes to download...then the itunes folder) to the integrated folder you've set up for podcasts on skydrive.

Syncback and integration software are both free.


Ves Dimov, M.D. - Thank you, Vamsi.

I use SyncBack for physical backup to external drives. The podcasts are mostly from Google Reader and they are not too many.

Helpful suggestions though... :)

Francesco Diana - I think that Skydrive is better than Google Docs only for the storage space. With Skydrive is impossible, for istance, open directly the files. Another great thing in GDocs is the possiblity to create a common file that all that you wont can modify.8:21 am

Ves Dimov, M.D. - Agree with Francesco - SkyDrive and Google Docs are fundamentally different services. Each has its own advantages though.

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