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Online storage which does not diminish my hard drive space

by jjfeeney12 / November 16, 2013 10:56 AM PST

Hello, I'm writing in hopes to gain clarification on online storage (and/or cloud?) as it pertains to taking up space on my hard drive + my ability to search/find documents on my laptop which are stored in online storage/cloud.

Recently, I realized that although Dropbox is a good application, it shares my hard drive space. So, even if I'm storing large documents on Dropbox, it's still zapping my hard drive capacity. (I have done a selective sync on Dropbox which helped save space on my hard drive, however - now I'm unable to do a search on my laptop for the documents which I've 'de-selected' in my Dropbox folder.)

Is there an online storage option which enables to me store items that 1) won't zap my hard drive and 2) simultaneously allow me to search my laptop and find the documents stored in online storage as well as on my laptop - similar to Dropbox?

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MS is proud of Skydrive, some ISPs have it, Google...
by wpgwpg / November 16, 2013 11:09 AM PST

...has it, and I'm sure there're numerous others as well. If you have Windows 8, it's customized to easily with Skydrive, and I've used Comcast's too. I guess you know that you can buy a 64 GB flash drive these days for under $30 too. The thing I don't like about the cloud is upload speed, and I'm not so sure about security with it either.

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Online Storage
by Mallefitzo / November 17, 2013 6:12 PM PST

Hi jjfeeney!

You have a legitimate question and indeed many people are confused by the mechanics of how cloud storage/online backup / online storage works. So let's get into detail, shall we?

Online backup
Most online backup services will not "free up some space" on your hard drive. Instead, they mirror everything that's saved on it as closely as possible. If you take for example backblaze, it will delete files automatically after 30 days from their online storage if they don't find an equivalent on your HD. Same with Dropbox.

Online storage
Online storage is another term for "online hard drives" and generally refers to a hard drive that sits in the cloud so that you can free up some space on your computer and access those files from anywhere. You could have a look at MEGA which offers 50GB free storage. So there is plenty of space you can make use of.

Cloud storage
Cloud storage is more a general term for everything that is stored online in the cloud on servers around the world. Cloud storage could mean file sync, online backup OR online storage. You just have to carefully read the description and TOS of the provider.

Note: This post was edited by a forum moderator to remove promotional links on 11/19/2013 at 8:52 AM PT

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