Get Your Files On Multiple PCs and/or Mac’s
For some time now I have stopped carrying around a USB thumb drive or portable hard drive. I used to use them to transfer files between my computers. I started using a couple of free services to sync my files between multiple PCs and/or my Mac.
Dropbox provides both Mac and PC clients for use with their Dropbox service. Once you setup and account, you can download and install the client and begin transferring files to your Dropbox.
The Dropbox client places a small icon in your system tray (for Windows) and the Notification Area (on the Mac) and also creates a new folder with the Dropbox icon. You can browse the folder like any other and drag and drop, cut/paste files in and out. Once files are placed in the Dropbox folder, they begin synchronizing/transferring to the Dropbox website. Once the upload has completed any other clients that you have installed Drobox on will also have their Dropboxes updated. In a matter of a few minutes all your computes will have synchonized.
Dropbox allows you to get to your files from anywhere you have an Internet connection. Simply log in to your account at getdropbox.com to view and download your files.
Dropbox allows you up to 2GB of storage for free with more storage available at a small cost.
Microsoft’s Live Mesh works similarly to Dropbox. Sign up for an account with your Microsoft Live ID (if you don’t have one, you can get one for free at live.com) and you can begin using the service.
Once signed in to Live Mesh, you can download the client to multiple computers. You can then create and choose a folder to use with the synchronization. The folder will turn a blue color when you are signed into Live Mesh and will look like a normal folder when not signed in.
Drag and drop files into the folder to have them synchronized. You can access you files from any Internet connection by logging in to www.mesh.com.
Currently Live Mesh allows for 5GB of storage for free.
Both services are free and easy to use, offer access via the web and folders on your computer, but I believe that Dropbox has the upper hand in the simplicity department.
Live Mesh will have a greater integration with home.live.com and therefore may offer more services in the near future. Including 25GB of free storage and creating and sharing photo albums from your shared documents folder.