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February 24th, 2010 2 Comments

Raise your hand if you back up your files.

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Now raise your hand if you think it’s big ole pain in the ass.

Exactly.

That box takes up space, requires an extra cord, and costs too much for what it is.  Then there’s the action of plugging it in…ugh.

It’s super simple to back up files, but for some reason it’s a huge burden.

So when I heard about DropBox, I was THRILLED.

It’s a virtual box/cloud that you can drag your files to, drop them in, and then delete them from your computer’s hard drive and have tons of free memory.  As you can see it does so much more.

And unlike an external hard drive, you can access your Box from anywhere and the files will look the same.

Of course there’s a catch.You can get a free 2GB account, but that’s only enough to store pictures from your last vacation, so you’ll need to purchase more space. There is monthly (above) or yearly charge ($99/50MB) that you must maintain if you plan on keeping those files until your grand kids want to see your digital albums from 2010.

The other aspect that is less than pleasant is that it can take DAYS to transfer the files.  Fortunately it won’t slow down your computer like most uploads, but we’re all looking for instant gratification online, right?

Bottom line: I’m very pleased with my purchase (50GB for $99/year), which I realize is more than an external hard drive, but I have many of those that I now have no idea where they are.  So I  look forward to dumping all of my old shiii, uhem stuff,  into one box I can access anytime.

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  • Suzanne

    I have the free version of Drop Box, and it’s awesome. My boyfriend and I are in a long-distance relationship, and use it to send files back and forth (okay, tv episodes). The file transfer is quick and it’s really easy to use.

    • http://morethanmary.com Mary Rambin

      Ooo, great idea!