And the winner is…all of them. But if you’re going to make us pick, we have to go with Skydrive simply because they offer the most free space. In reality, there is no reason why you should not use all of them. Hey, it’s free, so take advantage of the space and backup your important photos and documents to multiple sources. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Skydrive and its competition, these are services that allow you to upload files to “the cloud” and sync them with other computers and devices you own. Skydrive even allows you to connect to another device and pull a file off of it, even if the file isn’t located in the Skydrive folder.
You can install Skydrive by visiting the Skydrive website. If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one.
Click through the installation screens. You can see by their diagram how files are synced and shared between devices. The cloud represents your allotted space on the Microsoft servers (either 7GB or 25GB for free accounts). The computers represent devices that are given permission to sync and share files. This might be your computer at work and your computer at home, for instance.
Since you can access files from another computer directly using Fetch, it isn’t always necessary for a file to be in your Skydrive folder. Just make sure the “Make files on this PC available to me on other devices” box is ticked during installation.
Above is a brief visual comparison between the major players in this market right now. These include Skydrive, Apple iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox. It is important to note that legacy users of Skydrive, who were originally given 25GBs of storage, are eligible for a free upgrade to that 25GB space. New users get 7GB, which is still more than the other companies allow. If you require more space, you can purchase upgrades from all of the different sources.
Legacy users are available for a free upgrade. To claim your 25GB space log-in to your Skydrive account online, and then click the “Manage storage” link on the left navigation pane. If eligible, you will see a Free Upgrade button. Click that to convert your 7GB plan into your old 25GB plan.
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So while there is no clear winner in this competition due to their similarities, you should use the one that is most compatible with your life. If you’re a heavy Google user, then use Google Drive. If you’re a loyal Windows user, Skydrive is your choice. But again, there is no reason why you cannot use them all and help take advantage of the redundancy these backup solutions provide.
Get Skydrive here.
Get Google Drive here.
Get Dropbox here.
Let us know which you use and why.