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During a recent hack, some people lost a lot of content. I make regular XML exports, so I was able to restore most content to Weevily World, but what I wasn’t able to restore were pictures, where the original files were not stored in the Weevily World media gallery. In cases where these pictures were not backed up elsewhere, these images were sadly, lost forever.
So how do you save your favourite pictures, without cluttering up your computer hard drive?
A good option is to save your pictures to the “cloud”. Saving your pictures to the cloud, just means they are stored on-line. There are dozens of cloud storage options available. Several offer some free storage and if you need more, you can buy upgrades. One very popular cloud storage facility, that you might have heard of, is Dropbox but you do need to download a small file and not everyone is able to do this.
Fortunately there is a free cloud storage option, that doesn’t require any download and you’ve probably already got it! I’m referring to the Outlook SkyDrive. If you’ve got a Hotmail or Outlook email address, then with a few clicks, you’ve also got 7 GB of free SkyDrive cloud storage and if you want more, space upgrades are big and cheap! If you haven’t already got a Hotmail or Outlook account, creating one is incredibly easy.
Using your Outlook SkyDrive is also incredibly easy; three clicks and you’re uploading your files! Just follow the three steps below:
Once you’ve clicked “Upload”, your computer files will open and you just click on the one you want to upload.
I don’t put every image I create in my SkyDrive, just the ones I’d be sad to lose and other types of files can also be stored in SkyDrive.
Being able to save images in SkyDrive is also incredibly useful, if you’re borrowing someone else’s computer. So long as they don’t mind you saving a file for a few minutes, once it’s in SkyDrive, you can delete it, from their machine. If a file is VERY important to you, you might want to later download a copy of it, from your SkyDrive and save a back-up copy of it somewhere else.
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