Cloud Storage


Cloud Drives have become increased in number in recent years. These are such as OneDrive, Google Drive, DropBox, Box and many others. Rather than writing special software to utilize them, it is best to use the App that is made available by each one them.

Alternatively, one need not be restricted by specific apps, which allow interaction only by the respective cloud drive, e.g. OneDrive or Google drive, which service only one account at a time. A viable alternative for OneDrive is provided by using Network drives using readily available Windows utilities.

OneDrive

The procedure to use OneDrive or a number of OneDrive accounts is given herewith.

  1. Open file explorer in This PC or My Computer, depending on the version of Windows that you have.
  2. Select the Computer tab in the file explorer and choose Map Network Drive. You will be prompted for a drive letter and Folder path.
  3. Login in to your OneDrive account. You will see a "cid=...." number in the browsers search bar.
  4. Enter https://d.docs.live.net/ followed by the cid number (see the previous step).
  5. Choose the aprropriate credentials to open this OneDrive.
  6. Press Finish and log in and enter your OneDrive login.

The OneDrive app can be obtained from https://OneDrive.com. The OneDrive app is already part of Windows 10.

Google Drive

The app can be obtained from Google Drive

Network drive can be applied to the GoogleDrive folder, the path of which can be obtained from the File Explorer.

DropBox

The app can be obtained from DropBox

Network drive can be applied to the DropBox folder, the path of which can be obtained from the File Explorer.

Tip

Using the original cloud storage apps is much more better way to handle files than any other proposition. One can use Networked drives in Windows if cloud file exchange is needed. This way, one can manipulate files using the Windows File Explorer - familiar and habitual to everyone.