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As I'm switching between desktop and laptop at home and office and university a lot:

1. What is the easiest way to save and open the same files across these different locations online without the use of any USB key or portable drive.  I am referring to simple MS word documents, excel sheets, and other small size files no larger than 5 or 10 megs a piece.  I want something that is quick and easy to access and uplaod to or download to
2. If possible to integrate within MS Word, Excel that would also be useful i.e. when opening a file, rather than browsing on a local drive, search an online drive.

Thanks.
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Take a look at http://www.xdrive.com/

You will need to set it up on all your machines, then you will be able to access it using a drive letter (ie x:\somefile.doc) from any location.
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What, if any downside are there to using this service in your opinion?  

Does it require active x controls (if I need to use from work) and how good is security?
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It is a plug in for windows, so you'd access it through your shell in the same way you'd access a hard drive - it isn't through a web interface.

They do *have* a web interface to access your files, but I've never used that, so can't tell you if it includes activeX or not.

They have this to say about their security:

"Xdrive places a premium on security. We recognize what a huge issue this is with our customers since they trust us to securely store their most secure and private files. Our network infrastructure is both robust and secure. Redundant routers, switches, hardware, and backup systems are employed to ensure high availability of the Xdrive service. To provide scalability and reliability, load balancing is utilized to transparently distribute incoming requests among Xdrive application servers. All customer sessions with Xdrive are protected using password authentication. Xdrive is a Verisign Secure Site."

Which is actually mostly talking about robustness and contains no technical security information. Even if they gave a good technical overview of how they implement good data security - I'm paranoid and wouldn't use any on-line service like this for confidential information without encrypting it myself.

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if you're work machine is locked down you probably wouldn't be able to install the client (the thing that lets you use a drive letter) without getting buy in from your IT department. They give you 5GB free storage, so it certainly won't hurt to sign up and test if you can access it from work.

i should probably also add that using a service that lets you transfer files outside of the company network might be prohibitted by your companies IT policy. If in doubt check with your IT department first.
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Work will be a problem, no chance of getting IT to okay this, the company is too strict and too large to allow for one person.

Also this appears to be only for US users?  During the registration it does not allow me to enter a non US zip code or non US phone number??? Any other suggestions other than x drive?  
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Not that I could vouch for - but when I want an alternative to a particular product or service, I google for "<product name> vs" and you get a list of websites comparing this product and others.

In this case, http://www.google.com/search?q=xdrive+vs&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=com.ubuntu:en-US:official&client=firefox-a yields a fair few products you might want to check out. box.net looks interesting.
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Is Xdrive only for US residents?  i cant enter a UK zip code or phone number to complete registration?
Check out https://new.aol.com/xdriveweb/subflows/PriceChoice/selectPlanAction.do
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Your right! Either they changed it when AOL pulled out of the UK, or I lied when I originally signed up.  I haven't used my accounr for ages, maybe they've killed it.

Would definitely recommend against lying in your registration details.
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