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Are you using #Dropbox?

Dropbox

I’ve been reading about a lot of computer disasters lately from blogs I follow. Some have been hacked, some have lost all their files after downloading to the newest Windows 10 operating systems, and some have been having some wonky WordPress issues. I can tell you, I’ve been a victim of some of those hardships, so it’s important to have some good backup strategies in place for our files.

 

I’m sure almost all of us have a WordPress backup system in place where our blogs and pages are stored to a cyber system in case something crappy happens to our blogs, like hacking or crashing. And then many of us have an external backup for everything on our computers as well. But today I want to ask if any of you are using Dropbox?

 

I learned about Dropbox a few years ago, and quite fortunately, just in the knick of time. An author friend of mine had suggested it to me as a great cloud option for backing up by sending any files, photos, manuscripts, etc. we wanted to keep safe and handy to Dropbox. One week after installing it, while just finishing my first book, my computer crashed.

 

We may all have our own preferred methods of saving files, but Dropbox is great because our files are safe and the portability is fantastic. You can log into your Dropbox files from anywhere, from any device. I like to keep all my photos there so I have access to them from any computer I’m on when I want to write a blog or share a picture on social media. It also offers you the ability to share files through the cloud with other Dropbox users.

 

Dropbox is a free service which starts you off at 1 gig of free storage space, but allows you to add things to your Dropbox account, and with each addon they offer, they give you more storage space. There is also another way to earn free storage space, they will give you an extra 500 megs, if you give Dropbox the email address of a friend, and they sign up to get their own account. Plus when you sign up through a referral you also will be given an extra 500 megs. I believe there is a 16 gig cap on available free storage gained by referrals. But hey, that’s a ton, even for a writer. I’ve been storing pictures, files, numerous rounds of manuscript revision docs and more for just over two years and have only used around three gigs!

 

I’ve been using it for over two years now and have never had to ‘buy’ more storage space. With that being said, we could all use more storage space for future files. So what I’m asking of you today is, if any of you aren’t already using this service and would like to sign up for it, would you please sign up through my link HERE and you and I both could earn more free storage space? Once you’ve signed up, just follow the easy prompts and Dropbox will offer you other easy ways to start earning more storage space, then when you need more and don’t feel you want to pay for it, invite another friend to the link.

 

You can go to www.dropbox.com and find out more about this service. But please remember, if you like what you see, don’t just sign up there, sign up through my link HERE, otherwise, nobody gets the 500 megs bonus storage space.

 

Once you get started with this great service, it will become like a new appendage. I also like to keep current Word docs in there, especially for when I’m traveling, so I can pull them up from anywhere and continue working on when I want. No flash drive required!

 

Please let me know if you’re using Dropbox, how you use it, and if you haven’t secured a Cloud account yet, please consider doing so with my link

Thanks! Remember, sharing is caring!

 

Here’s the link again to check it out! www.dropbox.com 

 

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62 Comments

  • marianbeaman

    You know how to care and share, Debby. Yes, I am already using Dropbox and waiting (and waiting!!) for someone who has offered to give me an audio file of my mother from 2010 to deposit it into my Dropbox. I have an external hard-drive wired onto my computer. I think we both like the belt and suspenders approach to our craft – ha!

  • Hugh's Views and News

    Hi Debby, being an Apple user I use their iCloud service which is very much like Dropbox, so I’m afraid I don’t use it. You get 5GB of free storage with iCloud and about a year ago it was quite expensive to buy anymore storage. However, Apple saw the competition like Dropbox and dropped their prices. I currently get 25GB of storage for just £7.99 a year.

    I’m so glad to hear you are using something like Dropbox. So many people don’t sign up to software like it until it’s too late!

    • dgkaye

      Hi Hugh. Thanks for sharing this, especially for Mac users. Wow that’s a good deal. Dropbox charges by the month I believe, for extra storage, 1 tera, which is huge. If there was an annual fee I may consider, but referrals is a great way to add space. 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Hugh,
      Great to see you here on Debby’s site. I was aware of Apple’s Icloud service, but never thought of it as competition for Dropbox until now that you’ve mentioned it. I always think of the Cloud storing my music and my Apple Iphone contacts. Great to know it could store other data too if needed.
      Janice

      • Hugh's Views and News

        Hi Janice, I store all my music and photos on iCloud but also all my files. They are then all in one place and I can access them from anywhere. Apple slashed the price of buying more storage space on the cloud about a year ago. They are now very competitive with others for the same kind of service.

  • littlewritingsblog

    I already have a drop box account and I use it when I send or receive files that exceed 25 MB. I like to use external hard-drive and like you said it’s better safe than sorry. Have a great weekend 🙂

  • Hugh's Views and News

    Hi Debbie, after I posted my comment I got an email from Apple wth some new deals. For 79p a month I can double my storage space to 50GB. That’s an increase of £1.49 per year so I went for it. Now I just need to fill that extra space. I’m sure it won’t take me long to do that. First on my list is the brand new Kylie Minogue Christmas CD ?

  • Janice Wald

    Hi Debby,
    I love Dropbox; I need Dropbox but don’t remember to use it enough.
    Case in point: During the week I blog in the bedroom while my husband watches TV. My graphic is on the bedroom laptop. Weekday mornings, I want to promote my post, but I need the graphic. I promote downstairs in my office, but the graphic is upstairs on a different laptop When I remember to put the graphic into Dropbox, I can just open it on the downstairs laptop as needed. I should write myself a note.
    I like your idea of starting a group to share Emails in order to get storage. I did that when I first started using Dropbox.).
    Janice

    • dgkaye

      Janice you need Dropbox! Lol, of course, you need to be able to have all your files and photos at your fingertips. I’m going to send dropbox your email so they can send you a sign up, ok? That way I’ll get more free storage for referring you then you will be able to do the same. 🙂

      • Janice Wald

        Okay, but I have it. That’s how I am able to use it when I remember. I said I had a Dropbox group when I first started using it, so we sent each other invites and we all got more storage. I was a student in the Masters Program then, and the professor insisted. I have been using it (when I remember) ever since.
        J

        • dgkaye

          Oh, okay, I see that. I tried to send you it and it said you already have it. So perhaps you should use it. Now if only someone who doesn’t have it would like to sign up, it would help me, lol. 🙂

  • Kev

    I use a few cloud type progs now… google, onedrive, i-cloud, Amazon cloud, but I’ve never tried this one Debbie. Will have to check it out… doesn’t hurt to have another back-up! 🙂

  • Sherri

    This is great advice Debby, I use Dropbox and have done ever since I had all my laptop woes earlier in the year. I upgraded for £7.99 a month (can’t remember how much storage that buys me, but it’s a heck of a lot!). Everything is there. I used to use an external hardrive but that soon got full up. Vital to keep safe, thanks so much for the reminder 🙂 <3

    • dgkaye

      HI Sherri. Thanks for sharing. The cloud makes it handy to grab files and photos instantly while we’re away from our usual computers too. But as a friend of mine recently pointed out to me, there is no substitution for externally backing up because who knows if something could ever go wrong with the cloud? She also suggested I back up on a flash stick, especially the personal things like our manuscripts and things like that, as she warned about the possibility of the cloud being hacked. That said, I like to keep my WIP manuscripts in the cloud for easy access, but I’m now thinking I may get a flashdrive to put my manuscripts on and corresponding files for safe keeping. 🙂 <3 Better safe than sorry!

  • elainemansfield

    I use and love Dropbox. I also have an external hard drive at my docking station, plus a cloud backup that continuously backs up everything on my computer. Everything! It’s like using birth control pills, a diaphragm, and a condom–just in case. I hate losing my work. Great advice for those who don’t use it.

  • Deborah Jay

    I use a paid cloud backup called ‘Knowhow cloud’ which I find very reliable – I can backup 3 computers and make the files from each available to the others, so when I’m out and about I can always pull down a file that I want, no matter which machine I have with me (Debby, its one of those packing issues – I have 2 different sized laptops to go with different luggage allowances…).
    I also have the free Dropbox, but just ran into a disaster using it.
    Someone wanted to share a big file with me, and Dropbox said I didn’t have enough space available, so, because I have the other backup running, I went into Dropbox and deleted a whole load of photos stored there.
    what I didn’t expect was, that as a result, they went missing from my laptop and, because it took me so long to notice, my Knowhow cloud noticed they had been deleted from the machine and deleted them from its files too.
    All gone, never to be recovered 🙁
    Perhaps having 3 backups is truly a better notion…

    • dgkaye

      Ok, wow and wow! So you deleted photos on Dropbox and they followed suit by deleting on Knowhow? How weird is that? Maybe it’s not such a Knowhow? Lol joking, but seriously you couldn’t recover anywhere? Do you use an external backup? Please say yes. Well I have the cloud and external, and as I was just advised by a few tech savvy friends around here, I’m getting my files on a flash drive too ASAP! You should do the same.
      Oh, and, LOL, I also have 2 different size laptops for travel Go figure! xo 🙂 🙂

      • Deborah Jay

        I know I’m bad – slap my wrist now – I don’t have external backup. I thought having 2 different cloud backups would do it, but hey, we live and learn…
        I really thought those photos were actually on my hard drive, but I can now only conclude that they weren’t, that they existed only in Dropbox.
        Won’t be making that mistake again. Fortunately they weren’t particularly crucial photos, and I can get a couple of the more important ones back from where I posted them on facebook.
        Live and learn, live and learn.

  • Sue Dreamwalker

    I had not heard of Dropbox before, but then I am not really up to date with this kind of thing.. I back up my computer regular, and save all my important files, such as poems, and photo’s to an external hard drive. 🙂 Sounds another means in which to keep important documents safe.. 🙂
    Thank you for the information Debby. 🙂 xx

  • Lorna's Voice

    Good advice! I use my iCloud storage (reminds me, I should do a back-up!) and I can access my docs or pics whenever, wherever. Being a Boomer, the idea of the ephemeral “cloud” was a bit unnerving, but it has worked well for me. I don’t have to understand it to have it work for me, right? 😉

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