File Storage Options

We always say your network folder (the H: drive) is the best place to save your files, but that is not always the most convenient place to get to files when you need them.

Until we have a consistent, always-accessible system for accessing your network folder over the internet, we have to work around the issue.

Here are some recommended work-arounds in no particular order:

1. iGoogle. You can upload just about any file to Google Docs, and that will be accessible from anyiGoogle Logo computer with internet access. (And don’t get me started about the many other great reasons for having an iGoogle account.) Downside: Files may not display consistently between their native file format and iGoogle’s open file format.

USB Drive2. A USB flash drive. They keep getting cheaper and bigger. Today at Wal-Mart an 8Gb SanDisk Micro Cruzer is ~$45 including tax. Deduct its cost from your income tax. Downside: Easier to lose or misplace than car keys and reading glasses…

3. Online File Storage. I am testing a place called SnapDrive.net that gives you 2Gb of always-accessible online storage for free. SnapDrive pays the bills by selling banner ads and offering for-pay premium services with greater storage space, bandwidth, etc. But so far the free service seems toSnapDrive Logo work well, and I have not yet found any horror stories about SnapDrive to scare me away. Downside: Though unlikely, SnapDrive could suddenly vanish and take your files with it…

Upside to iGoogle and SnapDrive: You can share files with folks by emailing them a link. Example: File saved to my SnapDrive space.