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Windows 7: Google Drive or Skydrive.

30 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1
 
 
Google Drive or Skydrive.

Just wondering what people are using and which you prefer as i am going to use one of these to make automatic online backup and sync of my important pictures and documents.

But i can't decide which one to go for, I have 25 gigs on both (grandfathered in on the google drive).

Whats your opinions of both of these.

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30 Apr 2012   #2

Dual Booting Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate Edition and Fedora 16.
 
 

IMHO, Skydrive is a better option.
>7Gb in SkyDrive vs 5 Gb in Google's.(free)
>If you dont want your data more than 100 Gb on the cloud, then also Skydrive is cheaper.

YBL.
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30 Apr 2012   #3

win7 home premium-64bit-SP1-IE10
 
 

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30 Apr 2012   #4

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Don't rely on sync'd storage as a backup. The reason is simple. If you delete or somehow lose your local copy that will also be immediately deleted from the cloud. On this Google Drive is the better choice because it puts the deleted documents in a recycle bin. As far as I can tell SkyDrive will permanently delete them.
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30 Apr 2012   #5

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

I went for skydrive with 25GB of storage.
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30 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Play with both and make a choice. Or do like I am doing and using them all. Dropbox is the one that I use for my sync stuff. I like the fact that it's been around a while, I've gotten plenty of free space based on referrals and I can control my upload speeds. And there are clients for Windows, Linux, Smartphones, etc. And for those doing large collections like Music, or pictures..if you use it on multiple PC's, you have the LAN sync feature which is much, much faster.

I use SkyDrive as a backup online because it offers me 25GB of space as I used it previously and took advantage of the free upgrade. I don't use this for sync, but rather copy stuff to it. As said above, with a sync, if I were to delete the source, I wouldn't want to lose the backup just a few seconds later. And even if there are undelete options or revision history, i feel safer not having to depend upon them.

I haven't really kicked the tires yet on Google Drive. I got it enabled and have the client installed, but haven't used it yet. But I will gladly take the free space and use it for something.
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30 Apr 2012   #7

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Google Drive is quite good. Although it only offers 5GB free none of the documents created by the Google Docs Apps count towards this so you can create as many documents as you like. If you need to download them it will convert them into MS Office or Open Office formats. Not only that but there are already Apps available to handle other than the basic needs and they will grow in time. I think I may use SkyDrive in Sync mode and Google Drive when I need to create documents online but I need to explore further.
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30 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I've gone with Google Drive. True there is more storage with skydrive. But most of my syncing is between pc running windows 7, android phone and laptop running xp. As skydrive app won't support xp it's no good for me. I can use Google Drive sync on all my devices. I use that and dropbox.
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01 May 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Am I missing something, or is there no concept of a recycle bin or recovery option with SkyDrive? It seems like once you delete something, even accidentally, it's gone and cannot be recovered.

I can recover files for 30 days from Dropbox for free, and I can delete anything from the Google drive trash unless I emptied the trash manually via the website, but SkyDrive doesn't seem to have this concept at all.

Am I just missing it?
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01 May 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello pparks,

I've looked at that too and I don't think there is any way to recover a file deleted in skydrive. I really like the Recycle Bin feature in Google Drive.
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