Weekend Open Forum: Do you use cloud storage? If so, for what?

By Leeky ยท 60 replies
Sep 21, 2012
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  1. ShadowDeath

    ShadowDeath TS Booster Posts: 92   +23

    I actually use Google Drive more now. Mainly because of the native document editors, those were really good for taking notes in college just in case something happened they were already on the cloud.
  2. No. I don't have any real need and I don't trust the cloud. I have RAID 1 plus external backups on my home PC. I have a USB on my key ring and I don't typically need to transfer or access data from other locations.
  3. DanUK

    DanUK TS Booster Posts: 211   +9

    No. It's not I don't trust the cloud I just have no need of it. I've got quite a lot of faith in hard drives too, I've never ever had one break on me before..
  4. I use Google Docs and Skydrive. I use Google Docs to store some PDF's and documents that I want access to from all my devices. I use Skydrive to mainly back up my photos that I never want to lose.

    When you think about cloud storage all the photos that you put on Facebook are in the cloud as well. Also I use iCloud to backup my iOS contacts so if I lose my phone they are backed up to the cloud.
  5. I see these people posting about having RAID arrays and thumb drives, etc and not trusting the cloud. While I also feel that security can be and issue and I want it to get better all the time. Do you use online banking or any other form of forms online?

    What happens if you have a house fire and your computer and USB stick get burned up in the disaster? This is why I will always store my photos on the cloud. I don't have time to run to a bank to a safety deposit box all the time with a backup of my photos.
  6. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    I use Dropbox and love it. The hot folder is wonderful, and it runs on everything so I can keep files I'm working on synced between my Windows & Linux computers.

    We use Dropbox at work too, to keep a couple merchandise tracking files up to day between our 3 stores and to transfer files. We used to use FTP a lot but have found Dropbox is easier and more reliable.
  7. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 930   +31

    I use skydrive at the moment. have used some other things like sendspace, 4shared, ge.tt and other stuff too.

    obviously I would use cloud storage for public files. I used skydrive to upload pictures of stuff that I sell online. or other (sometimes multiple) cloud storage for files that is attached to my article.

    another usage I would like to highlight is uploading of rare or modded drivers of my stuff to cloud. I have plenty of devices whose drivers are not easily available online. it'd be useful in case I need them anytime, anywhere.
  8. I use Skydrive for two things:
    1. As a repository for all of my digital photos (I have the grandfathered 25GB limit)
    2. For any MS Office documents that I wish to share with other family members.
    Skydrive fits my needs perfectly, especially the automatic synching between my desktop PC and my Skydrive account.
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    Security is still too frail for my money and the user can't control the encryption easily.
    Oh, you can encrypt, upload, download end decrypt but that's a lot of fuss and then to share that
    encrypted version, the public key needs to be exported. AWS was already breach on this issue and I'll
    just wait for a better implementation.
  10. Ezzie

    Ezzie TS Rookie

    Have used for storing Photos and Videos,Backup files,Game Saves,Torrent files..
  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,997   +1,317

    Nope. I dont have any data plans and wouldnt want one unless I had completely unlimited data. Therefore, I store all my data on good old fashioned hard storage on mobile devices/home PCs so I know I can access it without problems. I have only used the cloud VERY occasionally for the transfer of homework files.

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