Livedrive Backup automatically keeps copies of your files safe in the cloud. If you accidentally delete a file from your computer or you lose your computer and want to transfer all of your files to a new device we have created a program called Livedrive Restore. Livedrive Restore is built into the Livedrive desktop software […]
If you would have asked me decades ago whether I’d be able to have global on-demand access to my crates of records, shelves of CDs, shoe boxes of photos, and my piles of notebooks containing grandiose ideas, I would have answered, “not in my lifetime.” To me, it seemed like something you’d see in an episode of Star Trek, but decades later, I am happy to that I was completely wrong—thanks to LiveDrive.
I now have access to my entire record collection, thousands of photos, videos spanning from my childhood to this year’s vacation, and even a document I started writing last week about a new business idea. Through LiveDrive’s digital storage cloud, I can now continue writing that document from any coffee shop, living room, office or airport. All I need is an Internet connection and more ideas to write. I often stream the music I’m in the mood for when I write directly from my own music collection in the sky. Well, by sky I mean I connect and stream or download music via a wireless connection to one of my mobile devices such as my Android mobile phone, iPod, iPad, iPhone 4, or my laptop. I also connect my PC and Macbook Pro via my Android phone but that’s for another post.
Also if you asked me decades ago what I’d be doing for a living, there’s no way I would’ve been right since my job didn’t exist then. I develop, market, and provide web, mobile and social platform solutions to companies across the globe. That’s a bit techie and kind of Star Trek-ish to some people, but I love it.
My biggest hurdle over the past few years— given that I’m a self-confessed workaholic—has been the ability to access my numerous files, accounts, and documents when I travel. For me, working on the go was a hassle. Whether I was cruising across town from my office to my home, or even from the East to West Coast, if I wanted to effortlessly pick up where I had left off, I was forced to transfer files to a storage device in order to keep working. Thankfully, this problem has been easily remedied by LiveDrive.
Not only is LiveDrive an awesome solution for my personal media, it’s also a lifesaver and timesaver for my business. I have every computer at home and at the office backing up and syncing in real time, so have easy access to files I’m working on at my disposal anytime, anywhere.
While this may seem like the pinnacle of geekdom, I have drawn a diagram of my constant connection to my digital media at home, at the office, and on the road. I may be exposing my not-so-dormant inner nerd, but I think eventually most digital media mavens will get to this place, too.
My home network wired connection points are five PC desktops. One PC has several USB drives connected to it for data storage, mapped across the network. The wireless connection points are four PC laptops, a MacBook Pro, an iPod, an iPad, two Androids, and an iPhone 4. All of my desktops and laptops have LiveDrive installed and are connected to the same unlimited backup account I got from Elephant Backup. My Mac backup files have their own folder in my LiveDrive account, so each has a separate set of files. I have a similar setup at the office, but the key thing is that all the computers I want to backup, sync, and have access to are logged in and backing up to the same LiveDrive account.
Now, when I’m on the road, in a café, attending a meeting or a conference, I can easily log into my LiveDrive account from any PC from anywhere to view, download, and modify files. When I’m on foot, or in the car, I use my Android or iPhone to stream music, show someone a photo or video, or view a file. Needless to say, I am pretty connected from everywhere—and this scenario is all possible thanks to the unlimited backup account I got from Elephant Backup, who is hands-down the best LiveDrive seller I have encountered. Believe me, from one uber-geek to another, Elephant Backup rocks.
I’ve been asked this question lately; Livedrive’s blog answers it nicely:
Backup keeps a copy of all of the files that are on your computer in the cloud. It’s very easy to use and install and you don’t have to change the way you work. Your files are just in the cloud, and you can view them on the web or from your phone, and restore them back to your computer at any time. However if you want to access these files from another computer you have to log into the web portal to view them – they don’t sync between your computers.
Briefcase is your own personal cloud storage space, and appears like a new drive on all of your computers. You can use the drive just like any other disk drive. Files you save to that drive are synced between all of your computers – and in a similar way to Backup you can access them from the web or your mobile devices. Briefcase makes it easy to work from anywhere on the same files – without emailing yourself or carrying around a USB stick. Briefcase also lets you share files with friends and family with one click.
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