What is the easiest way to transfer files from one computer to another? The short answer is Dropbox. If you’ve never heard about it before, trust us when we say, your life is about to get much, much simpler.
What is Dropbox?
Dropbox is a small program that does big things. Once installed on each of your computers, it creates a folder where you specify, such as in My Documents, then transfers everything placed inside that folder between your computers, laptops and tablet computers.
You can also upload or download files by logging into your account at the Dropbox website. Even better, if you delete a file by mistake on one of your computers, you can restore it at their website as well. Click on "Show deleted files," then highlight the file and click arrow to restore. It’s that easy.
According to the official About Dropbox page, "Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Dropbox was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, two MIT students tired of emailing files to themselves to work from more than one computer."
If you’re tired of emailing files to yourself, too, learning how to sync files with Dropbox could be the answer you are looking for.
Why Do I Need Dropbox?
In today’s time, we have cell phones, iPads, laptops, Windows or Mac computers. Suppose you have files at home that you would like to access from your laptop or tablet computer (even your iPhone) on the road. You would simply put those files in your Dropbox folder at home, then open the Dropbox folder on your traveling computer and view the files.
|FYI: All of your computers or tablets don’t have to be online at the same time, but to upload or download files, that individual computer does need to be online, either by ethernet cable or wireless.|
For ebook lovers who have learned to add other books to your Kindle or transfer books to your Nook, you would put your new books in the Dropbox folder, then open them on any of your computers (providing you have an ereader program installed).
On iPad, you would download the Dropbox app, sign in to your Dropbox account, and the books or your choice of files would be right there. When you tap on your book’s title, look for the icon that looks like a small box with an arrow inside of it in the top right corner of the iPad’s Dropbox; click that, then open the book in your Kindle app or in iBooks for the Nook’s .ePub files.
How Do I Get It?
To install Dropbox on your own computers, go to Dropbox.com (this link will give you an additional
250MB 500MB of space) and create an account, then follow the instructions to download the software. If it shows an option to Run or Save the file, click Run; otherwise, click Save and be sure to notice where the file is saved, usually in a Downloads folder on your computer. When the download is complete, double-click on the file to install.
You will need to download and install the program on all of the computers with which you are wanting to transfer and share files. However, you only have to sign up with Dropbox one time. You will use the same login information for each computer, laptop or tablet.
Dropbox is completely free for the first 2GB of space, which should be plenty for most basic users. For more space, you can invite others to Dropbox (up to a limit of 16GB) or you can upgrade your account to one of the paid options – Pro50 for 50GB, Pro100 for 100GB, or try the new Teams feature for 1K+GB shared between a group of friends or co-workers.
Whatever your interest might be, whether to share files/folders between your computers or between your friends, Dropbox is certain to be just what you need.