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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:35 am 
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Microsoft is now offering a free 25 gb online storage service called Skydrive. All you need to start is a Live account.

The interface is kind of sluggish, you can only add one file at the time and there is a 50 mb file size limit.

However, there is a free software called Gladinet Cloud Desktop.With that software you can transfer multiple files, folders, subfolders, create backup-sets etc.

The Gladinet software adds an additional drive, z: in my case, you can easily access from the Explorer like it was another partion on your computer. I managed to get fairly OK transfer speeds around 1mb/s with my 100mbit internet connection.

25 gb is not much, but its another option of backing up important data in case you should run into problems. It is really a neat solution considering that it is free.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:55 am 
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Smirf wrote:
...25 gb is not much...

Thanks for the heads-up. The problem can be the time it takes to upload even such a small amount as 25GB. Even though I have a relatively fast ADSL connection, by UK standards, the asymmetric nature of the beast means it would take around 5 days to upload that much data if I've got my sums right. But I agree that some off-site storage is better than none at all. 8)

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True, with ADSL and especially with dial-up it is not really an ideal option to upload several gb of data.

However, if you would upload a folder, and have schedueled backups of it only the changes will be uploaded to Skydrive. As in you will only need to make one major upload.

I did however assume that people who are willing to pay a lot of money for camera equipment in general also are willing to fork out for a fast internet connection ;)


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You're right about incremental uploading. I use the same technique when writing to my Network Attached Storage.

As for a faster Internet connection, like many I'm at the mercy of the providers and here in rural Gloucestershire uploads have to be carried over POTN copper. I regularly achieve 6Mbps download speeds but even with the promised roll-out of ADSL2 here next year, which might double data rates for some, the A in ADSL is still going to cripple uploads. :roll:

I suspect that 100Mbps connections are a fantasy for most of our members and may be so for another decade. One day... 8)

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At least broadband is 24/7 so even if it takes forever, you can do it.

I'm still jealous of a friend in Japan. He's had a 100 Mbit symmetric connection for equivalent to £30/month in the 90's. A decade later and we still don't have anything remotely like it in this backwater country.

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In Finland they just passed a law that every citizen has the right to have access to 1mbit broadband, and by 2015 100mbit.


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