This is something I learnt today and thought I’d share it with you. I like SkyDrive (http://skydrive.live.com) as it provides cloud storage that can be accessed from any Internet-connected device. What I didn’t know was that it also allows you to access files on your PCs from anywhere.
First, you will need SkyDrive client for Windows 7. You can find it here (once you go there, click on “Get App” button I’m highlighting in below screenshot). Keep reading after the image below.
During the installation of the SkyDrive for Windows, there is a subtle check mark that you can easily miss. It is enabled by default, and can be adjusted through settings once it’s running. Here is a screenshot of that:
When you enable “Fetch Files” option, as long as the Windows PC running the SkyDrive client is online, you can access any and all files on it from http://skydrive.live.com
Here’s how it looks from the web. I will provide couple of screenshots so you have better idea on how the UI looks like. First one below is the landing page where you click on the computer name (circled, showing as “V”), and all of its resources show up on the right pane.
Next screen shows what I get when I click on local disk “C:”. You can download any file, access any folder. Note that downloading an entire folder doesn’t appear to be possible. You can download files individually, or, you can copy individual files to SkyDrive cloud storage. This “Copy to SkyDrive” option is interesting. Consider that you need some 10 photos from different places on your home server. You come here first; one by one copy them to SkyDrive. Then, from SkyDrive cloud storage you can share them via an e-mail link as you normally would.
SkyDrive gives 7GB free storage for new users, and allows limited time free upgrade to 25GB of storage for existing SkyDrive users. You can see this 25GB free upgrade link on “Manage Storage” link when you logon to http://skydrive.live.com