SkyDrive vs. Google Drive

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xfatalxzero

I currently do not have an external hard drive yet, but I can save not just save files but a whole game to skydiver just need the game and steam application and it starts up fast! Also I synced all myth music and deleted it from my computer. When I play it loads up Xbox Music and plays it just as fast. All of my Skydiver files are set to "online-only"

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zaneamem

Wrong and Wrong.

Check out Copy.com, from Barracuda.
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If you use a referral link like mine (https://copy.com?r=Ca33FM) you get 5GB bonus for a total of 20GB free for life, plus extras if you refer others. Has the basic functions such as desktop/mobile apps, cameraphone uploads, etc. IMO superior to both skydrive/google drive

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bezerkus

No syncing of large directories between devices without storage (Live Mesh)= no go for both.

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zepolnavi

I use both....but if you want something more private and safer then definitely skydrive........google Drve is very good that's for sure, but read the contract first and you will realize that all your data is not as private as you think.

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chart2006

My cloud service wins hands down. I have a Synology DS212 setup in a raid-1 configuration for backup with a total of 5TB of storage. Through numerous apps such as Synology's Cloud Station app I can backup all my computers either locally on the LAN or remotely through the internet. It also allows me to create multiple users if I desire with shared or personal storage for each user. There are streaming apps to allow you to "stream" as apposed to download your music and/or videos such as the digital copy of many of my movies.

You can create a mail server, directory server, DHCP server, media server, surveillance station, syslog server, VPN server, iTunes server, Logitech Media server, and many more. You can customize your access screen whether you'll be accessing your cloud via HTML, FTP, or any other file sharing protocol. As for HTML you can either use Synology's standard portal or you can publish your site by enabling Web Station and create/host your own website/virtual host. You can also enable or disable HTTPS connections which will protect it via SSL/TLS connections depending on the level of security.

The only unfortunate thing about the setup is reliability as it is at the mercy of both the power company and ISP as both go down a couple times a month. Fortunately a majority of the time it is in the middle of the night and not during the day when I need it most. The point is the level of customization far exceeds any suggested cloud service and the best thing about it is that there is no service or subscription fees. Of course there is a start-up cost which is the cost of the hard drives and the DS212 but it was well worth the investment. My internet speed is 50Mbps/5Mbps so that helps quite a bit and of course with slower connections it does make hosting your own cloud difficult but again at least you know your data is in your own home and not on someones server elsewhere.

I love my NAS and wouldn't trade it for any other service...

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Roll Tide

Use both in a virtual online RAID configuration.. ;-) snarky snark snark

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don2041

What happens to all of your 16 terabytes of data when Skynets drives fail.

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Brad Chacos

Nothing! That's why you make local backups.

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don2041

Then I don't need Skynet

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Ghok

One of the most basic ideas behind backing up anything of any importance is to have a backup in another location in case you are hit by theft, fire, flood, etc.

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Brad Chacos

Author here! Yeah, there are some inconsistencies now: this appeared in the August issue of the magazine, but it was actually written shortly after the launch of Google Drive -- I turned the final copy in all the way back on May 8th. Both services have seen a bunch of changes, all of which have only served to make them even more similar, which only adds to the tie-ed-ness of it all. Me? I use SkyDrive, mostly because I'm grandfathered in with 25GB of free data.

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xRadeon

Unless my Skydrive account is different than yours (I just have the standard free account), I have an option to recover files. Its the recycle bin on the bottom left.

For this battle, I actually really like Skydrive because I can browse files on my computer remotely using Skydrive. But that's just me, Google Drive is still pretty good stuff.

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winmaster

Why not use all three for the most free storage?

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khalladay

Theres also a skydrive app for android.

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Trooper_One

"... right down to the controversial Ribbon interface"

What's so controversial about the Ribbon interface? It's been out for awhile. I find it quite convenient and easy to use and even office newbs could navigate around it with easy.

Honestly, when I go back to the ugly icons (e.g. on OpenOffice), it just feels weird.

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m-p-3

Google Drive is also on iOS
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id507874739

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HiGHRoLLeR038

...There is a recycle bin feature in SkyDrive. Do your research.

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jtrpop

Might want to update the article, as Skydrive does have a recycle bin for deleted files.

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praetor_alpha

It's a new feature (from September), and this article was written in August.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-SkyDrive-Updated-with-Recycle-Bin-293272.shtml

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hookem123

There is a Google Drive app for iOS.

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