How to Share Computer Files Between Multiple Computers

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dropboxDo you work on projects with others that require file sharing? Do you want to share files with all of your friends? Do you have multiple computers you work on? Tired of lugging around your USB drive from computer to computer to move files? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, DropBox may be a great solution that will make your life a lot more simplified and productive.

Pros
– Simple easy to use interface
– File sharing across multiple computers and users (File sharing with your friends!)
– Use it to backup files
– Able to access all your files through the DropBox website when you’re away from your computers
– Unobtrusive background file syncing
– Free 2GB of storage

Cons
– Not able to share folders outside the DropBox folder

What Does It Do?

DropBox is a folder that sits on your computer (I placed mine on my desktop for easy access) that syncs with the DropBox servers. This means that you can install the DropBox folder onto many different computers running different operating systems. I am currently sharing files between computers running OS X Tiger, OS X Leopard, OS X Snow Leopard and Vista.

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It’s Simple

Although many programs experience feature bloat as they mature, DropBox keeps everything simple by keeping one folder wherever you want.

  1. Install DropBox on any computer you want to sync with. (You can also share files with friends by having them install DropBox with the account you create.)
  2. Place all the files you want to share into the DropBox folder and let the automatic sync do its job. Once the files are automatically synced, a little check mark appears on all synced files.
  3. Now you’re able to access your files through their (the Dropbox) website, or any other computer you’ve installed the DropBox folder on.

How I Use It

Between work, home and side projects, I alternate between multiple computers that required a lot of USB flash drive swaps in the past. By using DropBox, the need for USB flash drives have decreased dramatically and I now only use the USB drive for sensitive work related documents. (FYI: DropBox transmits all their data through a secure channel (SSL) and the files on their servers are encrypted for security)

I also have side projects that require sharing documents and images between my business partner and I and this is where DropBox shines. Rather than email clogging attachments, all that’s required is to place the needed document/image into the DropBox folder and after it’s done syncing, my business partner has full access to the required files. Fast and simple.

Try It Out

If you’re in need of a file sharing/syncing solution, DropBox offers a basic version that allows 2GB of storage for free. Take it for a test drive and see how you like it, they also offer an iPhone DropBox app for people who need access to files on the go.

Extra 250MB of Storage Space!

If you decide to try out DropBox, click on this link to join. It’s a referral link that will give you and I both an extra 250 MB of storage space on top of the free 2 GB, sweet! (Make sure you complete 5 of the 6 ‘Getting Started’ sections)

One Comment

  1. Jona

    I’ve been using dropbox for the past 6 months and I love it! It works flawlessly and made file sharing easier than I ever thought. Good article and a must for all small business owners.