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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Windows Live Essentials Wave 4 Backup

Windows Live has come a long way since first being announced, tested, and launched in 2005 as a way to extend the Windows user experience. With the advent and subsequent contagion of social media outlets and the Web user’s unquenchable desire to share stuff with friends and family, Windows revamped its Windows Live software again for the fourth time, hence the pseudo name Wave 4.

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The Windows Live Essential Wave 4 Beta version was released on July 25th, 2010. There’s a lot of stir around the Web all over gadget and Windows blogs about the new features.



The reason to shed light on the features and limitations of Wave 4 is because while the release is impressive, the Gladinet Cloud Desktop provides an important missing piece – backup. With 25GB of storage, Windows Live Skydrive is a convenient backup target and Gladinet allows you to a Skydrive backup of your files or entire folder structures.

Gladinet Cloud Desktop also turns Windows Explorer into a cloud storage portal, bringing together all of your storage providers and the files you store on them. For example, you may have important documents from work stored on Google Docs that you share with colleagues, but keep your personal pictures and documents on Windows Skydrive. Cloud Desktop allows you to mount (almost like an instantaneous attachment) your Google Docs and Skydrive accounts to virtual directories that are created locally on your machine.

Once mounted, you now have immediate and full access to browse, upload, edit, cut, copy, or drag and drop those Google Docs and Skydrive photos between different providers, folders, directories, your machine’s desktop, etc. If you can navigate Windows Explorer, you can navigate the SkyDrive.
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MS Live Skydrive makes online storage easy and provides 25 GB of free space but provides no backup solution. Gladinet Cloud Desktop fills that void by providing software enabling the user to backup an entire folder structure, specific folders or file types, and in specific destinations that you pick. You’ve also got the option to schedule automated backups – one less thing to worry about when deciding how to keep your data safe.

Let’s take a practical example. Say you keep 133 pictures in your SkyDrive, but you want to back that up with Google Docs. Or maybe you want to use Skydrive as a direct backup of the photos on your desktop. In either case, the first step is to download Gladinet Cloud Desktop from the homepage.

Next, you’ll need to mount your SkyDrive account as a local folder by providing your Windows Live ID and password.

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Within seconds, you can now access your Skydrive account and its contents using Windows Explorer, along with any other cloud storage providers you use.

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In this screenshot, using drag-and-drop functionality, I’ve moved my photos from my Skydrive to my Google Docs. Further, I can choose to set this task to run now in the background, or at a future date.

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Now, let’s say your Skydrive is empty because you just signed up for an account. You can just drag and drop the folder containing your photos into Skydrive, or you can create a backup task.
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Don’t worry if some files too large and exceed the 50MB Skydrive limitation. Gladinet will split the files into smaller pieces and then reconstruct them, so as to not exceed those limitations, by using a process called “chunking”.
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Remember that with Backup Tasks, you can adjust the schedule and frequency of automated backups.
Enjoy sharing your files, photos, and video among your social networks, friends, and family, using Windows Live Essentials Wave 4, and do it with piece-of-mind backup solutions and easy file management from Gladinet Cloud Desktop.

For more information about Gladinet Cloud Desktop, its Skydrive integration or its integration with any other provider, please visit:
http://www.gladinet.com/

1 comment:

Storage said...

Interesting, I had not come across Gladinet. I am using a similar windows tool by smestorage.com. Perhaps you could review this also or do a comparison?