Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How to Transfer Between Cloud Files ... Quick, Easy and Free!

A while back I discovered SkyDrive (now called OneDrive), a place to store files "in the cloud" for free (up to 15GB).  I thought this would be a great place to back up this site and store our music files.  I can't imagine losing everything on this blog, or all of our music!  Ken and I have grown up listening to songs from the 60's and 70's, as well as the "oldies" from the 50's.  As we grow older, music continues to be an important part of our lives and we enjoy most of today's music too.  We don't like rap, country or some of the teeny-bopper bands, but we like the good stuff!

After downloading over 800 songs a little at a time, I've continued to upload new music files as I got them.  I've had no complaints with SkyDrive, but was getting a little nervous about the limit of 15GB of free storage (although much better than the initial 7GB).  Our music files are at about 8GB right now and I plan on storing movie files in the future, which could quickly eat up the rest of the available storage.  So when Google's cloud, Drive, gave me an extra 50GB of free storage (for a total of 65GB) after activating my very first smart phone this month (woo hoo!), I wondered if it was possible to quickly copy my music files from one cloud to another.

After a bit of research, I came across Cloudsfer, a free online service (first 10GB then a fee) that doesn't require any downloads and quickly moves and/or copies your files from one cloud to another.  I figured I'd give this a try, and it worked!  It was very easy, and I was able to copy all of my music files in just over an hour.  An hour was a lot less time than I'd spent downloading all the files to SkyDrive!  Now I can keep all of my music and future movie files in my Drive cloud, while keeping my SkyDrive storage for documents and backing up this site.  I may even store my photos there, but so far I've been happy with Photobucket for that.

So, if you want to move your cloud files around or copy them to another cloud (even a friend's cloud with their account/password information), Cloudsfer is a great solution!  With all the free cloud storage sites and the ability to move or copy files, I don't see the point of paying for cloud storage.
BTW, wanna know how to record online music for a one-time payment of $20?!  It's how we've gotten most of our music (we do support our favorite musicians when we can), and I've written a post here.  We've been using this for a couple of years and love it.  

Wanna listen to your own music on your smart phone without taking up precious storage space?  Look for a post real soon about an app I found that allows us to stream all of our music files directly from the "cloud" to our new smart phones!

Hasta luego ... until then.  Mid-Life Cruising!


Laura and Hans said...

I'm always amazed at your research abilities. I need to show this post along with the one about phones to Hans; he's a music nut and we need to re-think our phone plan. Also, thank you for the nomination (waaaay later here!), every time I start a post something comes up.

Mike M. said...

Great write-up! I've never heard of Cloudsfer before, and I consider myself a 'techie'. That's a good find to transfer your cloud storage. I've been using Google Drive for years...even before it was called Drive. I'm also a very avid user of just about every Google product available.

There's actually an easier method of storing your music and it won't cost you a bit of storage space. Use Google Music [ https://play.google.com/music/ ]. You can upload up to 20,000 songs, stored for FREE and stream your music to any internet-connected device such as your smartphones, tablets, computers, etc. Just a thought... :-)

Enjoying your continued adventure!


Unknown said...

Not Sure if you remember Me from a couple months back. I sent you a line and asked you when you were going to untie the lines.
Curtis and Deb From Beaufort SC,
I just read your post on the music you and your husband like. It sounds like Deb and I. We don't do country or rap either. I have been collecting tunes for over 25 years. I keep an external hard drive with over 60,000 tunes and still collecting. I love your post and I do connect with your struggle on making this dream come true. It has been my dream for most of my life and Deb's for the last 5 years or so. We went to the B.V.I in April and chartered a 36I Monohull and I think she hooked. Thanks for your time and your post. It gives me hope. I also like the fact that its not just struggling to work it all out and untie the lines. At least our boat is paid for. Right?
Take care.

Curtis and Deb. Best regards,

C&C 30-MK1 East Coast Lady


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Anonymous said...

I know that you are frustrated and must feel like you aren't getting anywhere at times, but please hang in there. You are an inspiration to those of us who are quite a bit more stuck in the 9-5 scene but wish we weren't. You'll get there. I have confidence in you.

Anonymous said...

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