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Desktop Sync/Backup to SkyDrive

Windows Live SkyDrive is part of Microsoft’s Windows Live range of online services

Windows Live SkyDrive is part of Microsoft’s Windows Live range of online services. SkyDrive is an online storage and sharing service that allows users to upload files to the online storage, then access them from a web browser.

The service currently offers 25GB of free personal storage. However, to fill up the 25GB is not an easy task. There are several browser based ways to upload files.

(1) for IE with Windows Live Upload Tools

There is a drop area in the IE browser window that you can drop individual files or a flat folder (no sub-folders). The usability is OK if you have a small set of files to upload.

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(2) for Firefox and other browser

This is a not so cool upload interface, you can upload 5 at a time and each one needs individual File Open Dialog to pick a file. This is really just for uploading one or two files. Most people will get tired when they click to the third Choose File dialog.

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(3) For Office 2010, save directly to SkyDrive

This is a good one, being able to save documents directly to SkyDrive. However, you can only save to the default special “Documents” folder. If you have photos or music or just some binary files, you can’t use this method.

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(4) Desktop Sync/Backup to SkyDrive

It would be nice if there is a special desktop folder, such as a Drop box-like folder, you can save any file types to the folder. The Desktop Sync/Backup tool will pick it up and ship it to SkyDrive. There are several benefits. For example, I have a habit to hit Ctrl-S (Save) when I am in the middle of editing a document. It is not very practical to save every time to SkyDrive. I prefer every time I hit CTRL-S, it is saving local, then the file will be picked up and ship to SkyDrive eventually. So I will have two copies, one local for fast access. One remote so I can access anytime, anywhere from SkyDrive web site.

Gladinet Cloud Desktop has a monitored folder backup feature that can get this done.   You just need to do a Backup My Folders and select the source folder as the one you would like to drop files into.

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Then pick SkyDrive.

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The default backup option is that there is a full scan at the beginning, then afterwards, if there is a change in files or folders or sub-folders, the change will be picked up and shipped over to SkyDrive.

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This way, your folder becomes a sync folder to SkyDrive.

Visit www.gladinet.com for more information.

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More Stories By Jerry Huang

Jerry Huang, an engineer and entrepreneur, founded Gladinet with his close friends and is pursuing interests in the cloud computing. He has published articles on the company blog as well as following up on the company twitter activities. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998 and has lived in West Palm Beach, Florida since.