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Windows 7: Syncing New Skydrive from within Explorer

13 May 2012   #1
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Syncing New Skydrive from within Explorer

It's pretty cool having Skydrive listed on Explorer when you download the new Skydrive utility, just to click on it to see all of your files in the cloud.

But syncing isn't all there yet, since you have to actually keep the sync'ed files in the Skydrive folder to have them sync up to Skydrive and then back down again to your other PC's or devices.

I considered using SyncToy to sync between the User folder and Skydrive folder since it's easy to config but you have to run or schedule it and I'd like the files selected to sync up to Skydrive to be sync'd on the PC in real time.

Perhaps I'm just old school wanting to have a hard copy on the computer but I really don't want to keep my sync'd files in the cloud without a way to sync them from their User folders at the same time. Am I missing something?

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14 May 2012   #2

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You are not missing anything.

The present SkyDrive, althouh an order of magnitude improvement over the previous, still leaves much to be desired.

You still have your copy on your harddrive, inconveniently located in a folder named SkyDrive. A concept that ignores all of the power of redirect points. That info gets kept on a Microsoft server farm, called SkyDrive. When you update a file in your SkyDrive folder, then the info gets automatically updated on the MS server farm.

You can access the server farm from anywhere, just as you can access info stored on google servers with Google Drive/cloud/docs (there naming conventions and concepts are undergoing metamorphosis).

SkyDrive is a step, but only a step, in helping you be able to access your files on their servers rather than on you own server(s).
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14 May 2012   #3

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If you design the structure of your SkyDrive folders well you can include them in the appropriate Win 7 libraries. I have a skydrive folder in my documents library, two in my pictures library. one for Photos and the other for Wallpapers. Plus I have a books library that has a SkyDrive folder for any books I have sync'd and two in my Programming library, one for VB .NET books and the other for C# books.

Oh and I shifted the sync'd SkyDrive folder onto an external drive to stop it cluttering up my OS drive.
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14 May 2012   #4

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folders can be dropped on to the skydrive folder from anywhere.

The SkyDrive concept needs to be fully integrated. MS has made improvements and many remain.
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14 May 2012   #5
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
You still have your copy on your harddrive, inconveniently located in a folder named SkyDrive.
This is the simple truth I was missing: once placed in Skydrive folder, it isn't committed only to the cloud but a copy remains on the HD.

Thanks. Any other perspectives?
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14 May 2012   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
You still have your copy on your harddrive, inconveniently located in a folder named SkyDrive.
This is the simple truth I was missing: once placed in Skydrive folder, it isn't committed only to the cloud but a copy remains on the HD.

Thanks. Any other perspectives?
And on any other devices that are sync'd.
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14 May 2012   #7
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Kado, how are you able to have Skydrive folders in the various User folders? Are these labeled Skydrive like the standard one?

I wonder why we can't rightclick and add file/folder to Skydrive like we can Library.

Can libraries be involved somehow?
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14 May 2012   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Kado, how are you able to have Skydrive folders in the various User folders? Are these labeled Skydrive like the standard one?

I wonder why we can't rightclick and add file/folder to Skydrive like we can Library.

Can libraries be involved somehow?
It is all in the folder structure you set up on SkyDrive. This is the structure I designed as shown after sync on the PC.

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The second SkyDrive folder is the Sync point. This structure allows the various elements to be incorporated in libraries and appear as folders. The next shot shows my pictures library with two "SkyDrive" folders.

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The pretty folder icons I created myself.


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14 May 2012   #9

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when you say you set up the folder structure ,do you mean on your skydrive online or on the pc,
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14 May 2012   #10

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In fact I already had some documents and pictures on SkyDrive but realized that the folder structure I had would not integrate very well into the library system I have on my PC so I made some initial changes to that on SkyDrive before I set up sync and then extended it on the PC end and let that sync up to SkyDrive because that was the quickest and easiest way to do it. You can easily add folders and move them around on your PC until you get what you want and just let them sync up.
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