Category Archives: Storage

File & Folder SYNC – Backup – Replicate

Lets face it more and more people are being given Notebooks at their place of work.  You want to have access to files at the office and away.  You may not have internet access and your VPN performance might not be what you would like.

You can certainly use Cloud based solutions and sync to the cloud – but security might be an issue with work related documents.  Company policy might be to save all files on the network so they are backed up and keep nothing on your local drive on your notebook.

There are several different solutions you might want to look at when your trying to follow policy as well as being as productive as possible.   You can use Microsoft Live Mesh to sync your network files or folders with your local drive on your notebook.  Alternatively I saw a small application reviewed today called FOLDER Replica (Win2000 / XP / Vista / Win7).  Take a look for yourself – read the review it might be handy to have.

Folder replica is a folder synchronization program that is designed to make your life easier in daily file manipulation routines. Advancement in HDD drive technology has made hard drives a cheap, fast and accessible backup option. The flexibility to copy and change data on to your backup device has brought new problems of how to avoid unnecessary data transfer every time you want to make a fresh copy of your data.

Full Review @ addictivetips



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Cloud Storage – FREE – Another Service 10G FREE

We are all storage hungry – if your like me you use several cloud storage services. You always have to think about security and what your sharing with the Cloud, but if your smart it can be used as a great backup of non-sensitive information. Some are easier than others and some you might trust more than another.

I currently use Live Mesh and Skydrive from Microsoft as well as Dropbox. Live Mesh is a great product if you have multiple computers and you want to sync up your folders or specific files from one to the other with the option of having it in the cloud as well. Skydrive is a manually process but with 25G and it being used for Microsoft cloud apps – it’s a must. Dropbox is a single folder you can save information to and have it sync with the cloud and other computers. It’s fast and works really well with plug-ins for smartphones.

There are others I have mentioned in the past listed on a folder on my main page of the blog.

A new player has entered the game – CLOUD EXPERIENCE – Beta – from fist looks it seems to have most of the features of Dropbox.  Sync from multiple devices – share your files with others and access the service from anywhere.

A full length review was published on AddictiveTips today – take a read!

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Storage – Need to SHARE a FILE Quickly….

We have all had times when you’re talking to someone, or dealing with someone and you want to SEND a file, but it’s too big for yours or their email service.  You try to send a large file to someone and it’s rejected because of space on the recipients email service.  I am sure there are many other reasons as well.

Well  – a simple solution that requires no LOGIN, just an internet connection – drag drop and email the address and the file is available for 30 minutes.  If you want more features, sign up and you get 6 crates to use, this is nice since you can have multiple files per crate – each crate has its own address so organization becomes very easy if you want only certain people to have access to specific files.   As a registered user you get 200MB and unlimited time limit for your files.

What could be easier…


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Online Storage – Backup and Sync files and folders FREE

On-line storage can be used in so many ways…  It can be used as BACKUP of important files and depending on the service can be done manually or you can use services that auto-sync your files or directories that you pick.  Another great benefit of online storage is the ability to access that data from any computer connected to the WEB.

For a lot of people a single service will work great and will give them the storage they want or need and it’s FREE!  For those that have a lot to save or others that would like to keep personal and business stuff separate there are many services available.

I believe most people understand why they should backup, but most still don’t!  In most cases if you have never had a computer fail or your hard drive die, they just don’t take the time to figure out a method to back up at least the most important files – like your pictures, personal documents and invoices etc.  What would your wife say if you lost all your pictures!

Key benefits

          Backup of important files

          Sync between computers and Cloud to have access of data from any computer with an internet connection.  You had or change any file and it’s updated at all the locations you have added.


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OFFICE in the SKY – Teacher Guides

I have posted about Microsoft Office live in the past.  This allows you to create / Edit and print your office documents in the Cloud.  It can be used with Office or on its own. 

It is great when anyone has different version of Office and need to work together.  If you running Office 2003 at home and your School or Office is running 2007 or 2010 – why not use Office live.  You get Storage (Skydrive 25G) – Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote to use and share as any document can be shared with others online.  This becomes a great tool when multiple people are working on a project!

All you need is a Windows live ID – Hotmail, LIVE, MSN etc…

There are also teacher guides for Bing, Windows Live Movie Maker, and other free tools. In addition, there’s a lesson plans database.

Office Web Apps are available free through Windows Live SkyDrive. All you need is a Windows Live ID, which you may already have through Microsoft Hotmail, Messenger, Xbox Live, the Partners in Learning network, or other Windows Live services.

For a sneak peak at the videos offered on, take a look at this video about the OneNote Web App. It’s completely directed at teachers and how they can use the OneNote Web App both inside and outside the classroom.

FULL ARTICLE – The Microsoft Office Blog – Teachers guides for Office WEB Apps

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Protection – System Restore – Windows 7 (WIN7) – Keeping DATA SAFE!

In several posts I have been suggesting ways in which we can help kids and parents stay safe while on their computers.  I talked about anti-virus, surfing safe and using skydrive or LIVE MESH for keeping important data safe. 

We all have family and friends that rely on us to help them out when they have issue, this is one way you can help yourself by being pro-active and let them solve their own problems.

Well if you have Windows 7 there is another layer that can and should be used. 

BACKUP BACKUP – how many people take the time to backup – not many, not even tech people. 

How would you like to recover that file or folder you just deleted, a great feature in WIN7 allows you to restore a previous version of  or deleted files.  For anyone purchasing a new computer this feature should be turned on as soon as they get the system.  Most current systems come with a good size hard drive so this should not be an issue and it’s just add’s one more layer of protection and productivity.  I have heard you need about 10% of your  hard disk space to make System Restore work well.

Microsoft FAQ on the previous versions functionality

Older systems that people have upgraded to WIN7 might have concerns because of hard drive space….  if adding additional drives to the unit ($50-60 for a 500G drive) is not an option then they can look at several other options.

Windows SKY DRIVE – Have a Windows LIVE ID and you gte 25G free in the cloud.  The storage is great, you have access to your files anywhere, but getting it to Skydrive is a manual process.  There is a method to add a Skydrive Folder as a Network drive and I will be posting this at a later date, once I have tested it.

If you multiple systems and one of them has a larger harddrive, you can use LIVEMESH to sync specific folders or files from your older system to you new system automatically and use that as your on promise backup.

There are several other services, both pay and FREE out there if you look around.  I have not tried any of these, so I do not want to make any suggestions.  If you have used others or try something else out let me know and I will review and post up.

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Cloud Storage – Good – Bad for Schools

Today everyone wants to be able to move files around more than ever before.  Kids and teachers work on assignments and projects at school and want to bring it home or the reverse.  Years ago (many) they would use a floppy (5.25 or 3.5),  it went to burning CD’s, to burning DVD and today people are using USB memory sticks.  As the technology changes so have the hackers, the newest threat is through those memory sticks everyone is using.   Kids being kids you never know what is on those keys and what damage it may cause the district.  You also need to be concerned about the type of information teachers may store on these memory sticks, as sensitive information can be lost if your not protecting the devices in some way.

A great alternative is cloud storage and there are many free services, but the one I trust and use is Microsoft Skydrive and Live Mesh that is in Beta and currently called Live Sync.   Skydrive is cloud based storage, it’s free with an MS LIVE ID and you have 25G available.  A number of applications that are included in LIVE ESSENTIALS 2011 use this storage as well.  The downside is that you have to move the files manually to skydrive.  Live Sync (Live Mesh) is just what you think, it will sync files or folders from one machine to another or to the cloud.  Currently Live Sync allows for 2G of cloud storage, but once Live Essentials 2011 comes out of  Beta you will have 5G of cloud storage to play with.  Kids and teachers can sync their files to the cloud for use at home and at school.

One item that has to be considered is if your firewall blocks Microsoft pages and how you have it set up.   These solutions fall under the address and if you have Hotmail blocked, you might have both Skydrive and Live sync blocked as well.

Just an idea to reduce your exposure to possible issues with USB keys.   The other advantage with the cloud is that the information is always available from anywhere, kids can forget or for that matter lose USB keys – the cloud is always there – no excuses.

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