My Cloud or Yours?
by Gary Woods
I've talked about Dropbox before. It's a great service that provides storage "in the cloud." For free they give you 2 gigabytes of space and another 250 megabytes of space for anybody you refer to them. Then, there's Google Drive with 15 GBs of space for free and lately I've been using Microsoft's OneDrive where I think I'm up to 45GBs of space after I signed up for Office 365.
Anyway, all of this is cool but what about if you've got terabytes full of stuff that you want access to from wherever you are? In that case you might want to check out the Transporter (www.filetransporter.com) line of products. The one I saw most recently is called Transporter Sync and retails for $99. It has a USB 2.0/3.0 port to which you can connect an external drive and a Gigabit Ethernet port to which you connect your router. This means that for roughly a onetime fee of about $250 including the Transport Sync and a 4 Terabyte drive you've got a whole ton of storage out there that you can always get at from any other computer or mobile device.
The company has other options including one called Transporter which retails for $159 and has no drive attached but it does have a Serial ATA (SATA II) connector for zippier transfers. Then, there's a version with a built-in 500 GB drive for $199 and one with a 1 TB drive for $249.
A scenario I found very appealing is to have two Transporters set up with one at your home and one at the office. In this kind of configuration the two drives automatically synchronize with each other so you're always working on the same file.
If the cloud storage solutions seem a little confining to you then it might be good to check out Transporter.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc