SkyDrive is a cloud storage service from Microsoft that offers 25GB storage space for free. Those who are already familiar with Gladinet can skip this part, but for those who aren’t, let me introduce you to the service. I have already covered Dropbox which offers free 2GB cloud storage but comes with a syncing app that automatically synchronizes your cloud files with those on your PC. SkyDrive, on the other hand, doesn’t come with this feature. So we are going to use Gladinet, a free tool used for syncing popular cloud storages like Amazon, Google Docs, Google Picasa, SkyDrive, FTP server etc., for this purpose.
Why Do You Need SkyDrive?
With the rising demand for hard disk space for images, documents, multimedia, the risk of losing them is equally increasing. Whether it’s your son’s 1st birthday pictures or your office project files, you should always have a backup. In addition to offering a backup, cloud storage has another advantage over conventional backup. You can access your backed up files anywhere with just a browser.
Why Have Multiple Accounts?
It’s never enough. I mean 25GB is a lot of storage, but it’s nothing if you have a picture gallery of 30GB. Having two SkyDrive accounts will make the count 50GB and if you still need more, do the math.
Why do you need to access SkyDrive from Windows Explorer?
SkyDrive is great when you think about the storage space it offers for free. However, if you want to download the cloud storage files back into the system, you have to manually download every single of them. Consider what happens if you lose your hard disk. It’s great to have access to all your files, but downloading all the 20K project files one by one will take some time. But what if I say, it can be done automatically? In this tutorial, I will show you how.
Installing Gladinet Cloud Desktop
1. Download Gladinet and double click the downloaded file to start the installation. Proceed by pressing Next.
2. Agree to the End User License Agreement and press Next.
3. Create the shortcuts if you want them, but leave the last two options, Start WebClient service if necessary and Register Gladinet Cloud Desktop to Windows Firewall checked.
4. Choose the installation folder if you’d like, or proceed with the default settings. Press Next twice to start the installation. Wait until the installation is complete.
4a. You will be asked to choose the plan you wish to use. If you wish to buy the license for the Professional edition, go ahead with the Purchase License button. However, I will be using the free plan, perfect for personal use and for this tutorial. Press Next.
4b. In the next step, register with the service (optional) for receiving free updates. Press Next.
5. Select from the supported cloud based services which include Google Docs, SkyDrive, Picasa, FTP and many more. For the sake of this post, I will be choosing Windows Live SkyDrive.
6. You can also change other settings like Gladinet drive label, local cache location, profile encryption etc. Use the change or edit options as necessary. Once you are done configuring, press the Finish button. Look out for the Gladinet icon in the notification area.
Adding Multiple Windows Live SkyDrive Accounts
1. The Gladinet drive will open after installation. Double click the Windows Live SkyDrive folder and you will be asked to enter your login details for the service. Press Next and then Finish to start mounting the online storage account.
NOTE: Once the installation finishes, press Close. During the first mounting process, you may be prompted to agree for the End User license for two plugins WOSSPSkyDrive.dll and WOSSPGoogleWebDav.dll. Press Yes for both.
2. Once the storage account is mounted successfully, it will open automatically. Wait, as your cloud storage folders and files are uploaded.
3. Now we will see how to mount the second SkyDrive account. Click the Gladinet icon in the notification area and select Mount Cloud Storage.
4. Choose Windows Live SkyDrive from the dropdown in the window that opens. Note that I have named the virtual directory “Windows Live SkyDrive – Account 1” as I have previously mounted another Windows Live SkyDrive. This way I can distinguish between the two.
5. Now follow the instructions mentioned in step 1. Repeat this process every time you wish to mount another SkyDrive account.
Now every time you wish to upload something to your SkyDrive cloud storage, all you need to do is copy that to the respective folders in your Gladinet drive. Similarly, if you wish to download something, you will find it within the Gladinet drive. Just copy or cut it from there.
That is all for now. I save all my important files (while editing) to my Gladinet drive and that way I do not have to worry about taking time to manually backup them by copying them to the SkyDrive folders within Gladinet drive. Enjoy computing and feel safe with backups.