This week, Lenovo launched REACHit, an app for Android and Windows PC (iOS coming soon) that makes it easy for you to access and organize files across Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and OneDrive. It’s part of our effort to make your Lenovo machine, Android and iOS devices work together to simplify your life.
In the spirit of helping you manage your personal cloud across devices, we’ve created a short list of tips for conquering your personal cloud. Have your own tips? Regale us with your epic cloud conquests in the comments below.
1. Pay for just what you need today
How much free cloud-storage do you need? A couple gigs? 100 gigs? A terabyte?
Take a minute to think about what you need in the short term from your cloud. Are you just using your cloud like a hard-drive to store documents and photos? Or do you plan to use the cloud for sharing massive files with collaborators? Either way, there’s a minimum amount of storage you can get away with for now. So pay for (or get for free) only what you’ll be needing in the short term, rather than buying that terabyte “just in case”.
Below is a helpful chart created by CNET that can help you make a quick decision on what works for you.
Find CNET’s chart above and a great comparison of Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and Box here.
2. Test your upload/download speeds at home and the office
Depending on your connection speed, uploading and downloading files from the cloud can be fast. Or very, very, slow.
When I’m at a Starbucks or on the guest wi-fi at the office, I’ll do a quick bandwidth test with Speedtest.net. Depending on the down/up speeds, I’ll wait to get home (where I have the maximum bandwidth my provider offers) so I can save time on files more than 100 MBs.
Here’s a list of other tips for setting up your personal cloud from Gigaom.
3. Save the best of the Web to Google Drive
If you create a lot of presentations like I do, Google Image search can be your best friend for slide visuals. I use it so much that I end up searching for the same images over and over (like “Sales and Marketing Funnel” or “Android Tablet”).
To save time, I started using the Chrome extension Save to Google Drive to keep track of my presentation images and store copies of reference articles and other research nuggets.
For a list of more Google Drive hacks, check out this article from Infoworld.
4. Take advantage of Dropbox’s free storage incentives
Dropbox has made it easy to get from 125MB to up to 32GB of extra storage space just for inviting friends and connecting your social accounts. If you’re looking to ramp up storage without the pain of a monthly charge hitting your bank account, this is a simple way to do it.
5. Use REACHit to link Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and Box
REACHit is a free tool that you can download on your PC or Android device and quickly connect to the most popular personal cloud-storage apps. Once you create an account with REACHit, you can search for and access your files not just on all your cloud accounts, but also on your other devices.
So when you’re on your tablet at the airport and realize you need a file from your home or work PC, you can launch REACHit and grab the file. In the same session, you can copy it over to one of your cloud accounts so you’ll have it handy in the future when you’re not on one of your machines.
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