Microsoft SkyDrive takes on Dropbox with app for Windows and OS X

By Jos ยท 6 replies
Apr 24, 2012
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  1. Google is expected launch its cloud storage service any time now and Microsoft's competing service SkyDrive received a major overhaul to prepare for battle. Similar to Dropbox, Skydrive now has...

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  2. It's a downgrade from Dropbox. Sure you get more space but the file size limit is 2GB and it's more complicated to use between friends and work...
  3. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

  4. So far Amazon S3 has won this war. I've tried all the "free" services, and I'm willing to pay the very small fee to store my files on Amazon's cloud. No limits and only pay for what you use.
  5. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Just want to make clear that the paid plans are for *additional* storage. So, it's 27GB total for $10/year, for example.

    Oh, also, it is likely that Mesh's sync service will be removed over time. The link to your Mesh synced files on your page has been removed. Now, you have to go to your devices to find your synced data.
  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +901

    That option to access any file in the computer having skydrive whether it is or it isnt in skydrive folder really creeped me out of this
  7. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    I dislike services like SkyDrive and Dropbox that work by placing files into a specific folder as opposed to be able to assign what folders you would like to be synchronised.

    Luckily, there is an easy solution using what is known as junction link in Windows. A junction works very similar to a shortcut except it acts as if it IS the folder in which it is linking to. For example: let us say you have a folder on your storage drive called Videos (path: 'S:\Videos') and there is a video in this folder called 'HannahTrippingOver.avi' (path: 'S:\Videos\HannahTrippingOver.avi'). If you were to create a shortcut to the folder from the root of your C drive as soon as you double click the shortcut you will be taken straight to 'S:\Videos'. But if you created a junction link to 'S:\Videos' and called it 'Funny Vids' and placed that in your C root, when you would double click it you would still find the aforementioned video just as if you used a shortcut, but this time the path would be different. The path to the video would be 'C:\Funny Vids\HannahTrippingOver.avi'.

    It acts as if you copied all of the contents of the target folder into the new location except the two files the above example ('C:\Funny Vids\HannahTrippingOver.avi' and 'S:\Videos\HannahTrippingOver.avi') are exactly the same file and if one was to be moved, renamed, copied, edited and/or deleted than all junctions leading to it would similarly affected. The only problem with Junctions is that you have to be super careful that you do not delete the folder when you simply wish to remove the junction link.

    Junctions can be used with SkyDrive so you can backup a folder like your 'My Pictures' without having to move them all into your SkyDrive folder. The following is code for a batch file I made that will allow you to do so with ease if you follow the next few steps. This will even create a batch file called 'removeJunction.bat' that will safely remove the junction without harming your files or folders.
    1. Open Notepad.
    2. Paste the code that is on this pastebin post.
    3. File|Save as...
    4. Navigate to your SkyDrive folder
    5. Where it says 'Save as type' select 'All Files'
    6. Type a logical name for this file followed by '.bat' (for example: 'createJunction.bat')
    7. Click 'Save' and then double click the newly create file to run!

    I hope this helps...

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