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Storing Your Data in the Cloud Drive

Updated on April 25, 2012

Google or Skydrive?

Cloud computing is one of those things that one asks, why? why do I need it? why is it being pushed? is it necessary?

I guess, for many, the answer is not really, I mean, that is what my computer HD is for and it is not subject to prying eyes (well, sort of). Why would I trust Google or another company to protect my uploaded data? Good question. Well, the only real logical answer is Backup. Use the "cloud" to backup your HD in your computer so if something does happen, you have your files and photos still. Of course, you can easily do the same thing with a plug in HD.

Whatever. If you are inclined to use the cloud both Google and Microsoft will be competitors for it. Google Drive can be got at "" and offers users 5 GB of free storage. For 100 GB, the cost is only $5 a month. You can also get 16 TB. Not to be outdone, Microsoft has Skydrive. This offers a free 25 GB, you can get 100 GB for $50 a year and allows for syncing apps for Windows and Mac. Google Drive also has basic word processing, spreadsheet and others that make up Google Docs.

Both are good for what they do, so take your pick.


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      perrya 5 years ago

      Thanks gus!

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      Gustave Kilthau 5 years ago from USA

      perrya - This article and its details are much appreciated. FYI I use a kissing cousin to this cloud storage stuff whenever I bump into a difficult to utilize video on the Web (Google Chrome browser). What I have noticed is that my "privacy" seems to be compromised whenever I do that. Not only do I get bombarded with spam, I then have a real abundance of "adware" to get rid of with my cleanup software. For continuous hard drive backup I use high capacity thumb drives and back them up with dirt cheap CDs and DVDs.

      Gus :-)))

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      perrya 5 years ago

      I agree to a large extent.

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      David Zephaniah 5 years ago from Florida

      I don't trust any of those companies with my data. Sometimes I think that it is some kind of government conspiracy to gather the data. I have hard drives and I trust myself with my info.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      You raised some good points, thanks.

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      Jayfort 5 years ago

      Cloud usage could be wonderful as long as you have continuous access to it (and others don't!). But, and this is a big BUT, if you depend on this access and you cannot access it, you are screwed (to put it politely)!

      I remember when an IT fellow assured me our network would never go down...only to have it go down the very next week and stay down for over two weeks during a MAJOR project. All of our software ran from the primary server several buildings away. I couldn't even print to the printer in my office!

      Internet access is supposed to be constant but how many times do we have Internet access problems (about once a month for me!)

      The problem with depending on a nebulous (or cumulonimbus) external site is just that...being dependent on an outside location/site. Maybe I've just had too many bad experiences.

      Great Hub, as always, Perry!