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Windows 7: Limited time offer: SkyDrive free storage upped to 25 GB


23 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 
SkyDrive desktop app added, total sync functionality

Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive add new storage features as Google Drive looms - GeekWire

Checking this out now- a competitor for the crowded cloud space that already has iCloud..Dropbox..and the (believe it when I see it) GDrive from Google.

https://apps.live.com/skydrive/app/9...6-90f54bf7a3ea

If you already have a Microsoft acct, you can have 25GB online storage--otherwise it looks like you get 7GB...Google Drive starts out--if ever--with 5GB.

Testing the SkyDrive functionality now- copied all 15GB of my photos to the now locally installed SkyDrive folder, and up they go.

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23 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Dropping from 25GB to 7GB is going to be a bummer for new people with SkyDrive accounts.

Here is a link to the new SkyDrive app (which is available as a preview version currently)
Making personal cloud storage for Windows available anywhere, with the new SkyDrive - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

To get your free upgrade to 25GB, it looks like you have to previously had uploaded something to SkyDrive. If you have, just simply log in and there should be a welcome screen allowing you to freely upgrade to 25GB.

Edit; This Microsoft SkyDrive app reminds me of some other service that works the exact same way. What was that again? Oh yeah, it's Dropbox.

Edit2: Unlike Dropbox, this SkyDrive app is missing a fair amount of functionality
  • Bandwidth throttling
  • Selective folder synchronization
  • Ability to pause uploads/downloads

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eknirb View Post
Testing the SkyDrive functionality now- copied all 15GB of my photos to the now locally installed SkyDrive folder, and up they go.
15GB would take me a long time.

It takes me about 2.5 hours to upload 1GB of data. So it would take me 22 hours to upload 15GB of data. This is why I play around with all of these services and end up not using them. It's just too time consuming to upload large amounts of data.
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23 Apr 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 
Limited time offer: SkyDrive free storage upped to 25 GB

Microsoft has for a limited time (without defining the term 'limited time') upped the free storage limit from 7 GB to 25 GB IF you are already a skydrive user.

Here's a link with info:
SkyDrive Changes + 25 GB Storage for Current Users ~ Security Garden
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23 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Keep in mind, it used to be 25GB previous to today. The 7GB is a new limit. So, they are offering for a limited time to keep what you already had.
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23 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

The uploads to sky drive are so slow anyway it's hardly worth messing with.

I prefer to use my own server where I can upload at 8GB per minute.
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23 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

I got my upgrade. Also, here is a download link to the skydrive preview application for desktop users: http://g.live.com/8seskydrive/windownload
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23 Apr 2012   #7

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Keep in mind, it used to be 25GB previous to today. The 7GB is a new limit. So, they are offering for a limited time to keep what you already had.
Arg :/
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23 Apr 2012   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

fseal,
I think something got swapped there.

The previous limit was 7 GB.

The limit, after the update, is 25 GB.
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23 Apr 2012   #9

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

The problem for me, is that I can't think of anything that I would want to store online.
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23 Apr 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
I prefer to use my own server where I can upload at 8GB per minute.
Yes, but if your house were to burn to the ground or somebody broke in and stole your server...those fast backups aren't going to help at all.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
fseal,
I think something got swapped there.

The previous limit was 7 GB.

The limit, after the update, is 25 GB.
No, SkyDrive in the past has always been 25GB in the past. It appears Microsoft is now moving to a 7GB free limit going forward, unless you opt in right now for the free upgrade or pay more later.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
The problem for me, is that I can't think of anything that I would want to store online.
Well, these services are useless if you don't have anything you need stored online.

These are geared towards those who want to backup things like 1). pictures 2). music 3) documents in a secondary location outside of their home. For me, I backup to a pair of external hard drives which I keep offsite, but this isn't feasible for everyone.

These are also geared towards those who work on documents and such in a collaborate method, where they have the ability to have multiple people easily working on a document together at the same time from remote locations without having to ship the file back and forth.

Finally, these appeal to those who have a need to easily access their files from multiple locations. People used to carry this kind of stuff on a USB key, but they don't have to anymore.
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