Things You Should Be Using Cloud Storage For

Introduction:If you are not already in the Cloud, you need to be. Cloud computing has revolutionized how people use their personal computers. Cloud storage may be the greatest thing since the laptop and notebook computers for those who are mobile users because you can access your files stored in the Cloud from any computer, from anywhere, at any time. One of the biggest advantages of using Cloud storage is that it save invaluable space on your hard drive for those really big files, like the type of files I will be discussing in this List My 5.

  • 01

    Music Files

    OK, with free software programs like Spotify at http://www.spotify.com/us/download/windows/ that permits you to legally download music the old fashioned way, you may be asking why do I need to store music downloads in the Cloud? Spotify is a streaming music download and there are several good reasons to save a copy in the Cloud. First, the song you love may not always be available as a streaming download. If you store a copy in the Cloud it will be there for you to enjoy forever. Second, and this reason is as equally important as the first, Cloud storage will allow you to synchronize the music file between all your devices - desktop, laptop and notebook.

  • 02

    Application Programs

    Mountable Cloud storage programs, like Microsoft Sky Drive at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/skydrive/download, functions like a Flash Drive and provides you with 7 GB free storage space. Freeware, shareware and free programs that you download from the internet can be installed directly on your MS Sky Drive. Almost any program that your purchase a one computer license for can also be converted legally using a program like Cameyo at http://www.cameyo.com/. Cameyo is a free application that will allow you to virtualize almost any program application that you own and make it portable so you can upload it to your Sky Drive or a half a dozen Cloud storage programs-some free, some paid. Google Drive is another excellent free Cloud Storage program at http://drive.google.com/ Google Drive gives you 5 GB free storage space in the Cloud. With your applications in the Cloud you can use them with any device your are on without having to install them on the desktop, laptop or notebook.

  • 03

    Screenshots and Picture Files

    Picture files, screenshots and video clips are huge and eat up valuable disk space quick. They should be stored in the Cloud without exception. Most Cloud storage programs will allow you to buy additional storage space as needed for a nominal amount as needed. Dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/ is another free service that allows you to upgrade to a paid premium service when the time comes, when you need the extra space and the other benefits a premium paid subscription offers. You get 2.0 GB free storage but can upgrade to 100.0 GB per month for $9.99 per month, 200.0 GB per month for $19.99 per month or 500.0 GB per month for $49.99 per month. If you decide to upgrade to one of the premium plans, the yearly plans are the best deals because they are 10X the monthly rate so it is like getting two months free.

  • 04

    Font Storage

    If you are really into graphic design you know how quickly you can accumulate files of special fonts. Fonts do not take up much storage space so you can store a "zillion" of them in a file in your Sky Drive, Google Drive or Dropbox and then load them locally as you need them.

  • 05

    Roms

    This is one of my son's and my grand kid's favorite uses for their Sky Drives because they are heavily into computer gaming. From what they tell me, they use to waste hours downloading the game ROMs, hours that they could have spent playing the games, until they got their Sky Drives. Now they have all the ROMs saved to their Sky Drives.




Final Thoughts

Perhaps the biggest advantage of having a storage space in the Cloud is that it can make sharing files with other users a much easier process. As the old Alka- Seltzer commercial stated, "Try it, you'll like it."




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