Article 49: Cloud Storage to Replace USB Drives

We don’t need no stinkin’ Flash Drives

How many Flash Drives have you lost? 2? 3? 4? Flash drives are tiny. They are easy to forget in a computer, especially at the library, in a computer lab, under the bed, in the couch. I have lost too many at this point, and I got to the tipping point. I decided that I want to store all of my files completely digitally on the cloud. There are a bunch of options available, all for free. So let’s take a look at online storage on the Modern Nerd.

Google Drive – The next evolution of Skynet

                Google is the biggest name in internet, there’s no denying it. Their Drive service offers 5 GB of free storage. This is combined with their Documents service, and is now all one system. You can add, edit, share, and edit together documents, as well as add your own files to be stored in the cloud. This is also all organized by your own folders, which can be dragged around and renamed however you like. The system offers a paid version of 25 GB of storage, for around $2.50 per month. You can store really big files too, up to 10 GB per file. Google Drive offers apps to connect to your PC and smartphone as well. You can sync a folder on your computer to Drive, updating the files in real time.

Microsoft Skydrive – The same, only different

                Microsoft’s version is pretty much the same, with apps that connect to folders on your computer and on your smartphone. Their free storage is 7 GB, and the file limit is 2 GB. The principal difference with SkyDrive is the lack of ability to work collaboratively. SkyDrive is your personal storage, but can be accessed from anywhere just like Drive.

DropBox – The best service you haven’t heard of


                Dropbox has everything, and rewards it’s members for involving others. You can start out with 3 GB, but referring other people into the service will get you more space. Folders on Dropbox can be shared with other people who also have Dropbox. Then the files will update in real time across all synced folders. Dropbox’s app allows smartphone, tablet, and computer access to everything.


                Getting rid of the thumbdrives is so much simpler, when you have to transport files and folders across multiple platforms. And since all you have to do is log in, then you are always within arm’s reach of your files and documents. I have gotten rid of the flash drives completely, and it’s a great saver of 20 bucks every 3 weeks when I lose a flash drive. Thanks for reading. Check out the Modern Nerd at the Computer Fixer’s blog, and subscribe to our RSS feed to get all of the updates every week.

Aaron Krick
Blog Contributor at The Computer Fixer


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