Cloud Drives

Posted on 2014-08-04
Last Modified: 2014-11-12
I am currently using DropBox as a cloud drive to share data - apparently I cannot map a DropBox as a "lettered drive" like j:\

I tried share point but it only works with microsoft files - things like quickbooks files etc. cannot be stored and used by their "non-Microsoft" applications

Right now I have portable drives that I map as:

Can anybody recommend a web based service where I can map these drives to my business home computer, a tablet and a portable notebook?

I would also like to share selected directories on these drives with clients, vendors, associates without sharing "the whole drive"

Thanks for your recommendations
Question by:rogerdjr
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    Accepted Solution

    You can use SkyDrive.

    There is an article here that shows you how to map drives using the common cloud providers:
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Charles Prezalor
    You should be able to do this using the old SBUST command for any of those devices that let you run a .cmd or .bat file on start-up.
    Use the SUBST command to assign a drive letter. To do so, create a BAT file in the STARTUP folder (select START|RUN and type Shell:Startup). In the BAT file, add statements like the following:

    subst /d X:
    subst X: "C:\Users\[user]\Documents\My Dropbox"

    That's all it takes! Now when I boot up, Drive X: refers to my dropbox folder.

    The same trick can work for Google Drive as well:
    Real-life Windows XP based example:
    subst f: "C:\Documents and Settings\Vadim Solovey\My Documents\Google Drive"
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Brad Groux
    Install the DropBox Desktop app -

    This allows you to sync local copies of your files to a DropBox folder within your My Documents on your local machine. You can then map a network drive to those folders in the My Documents\DropBox folder as needed. When you edit these local copies of the files, they will automatically sync to the cloud copy on DropBox's website.

    An example -
    J:\ drive would actually just be a redirect to C:\Documents and Settings\User\My Documents\DropBox\

    Author Comment

    Lots of good feedback

    The subst command seems to do the trick

    Curious about feedback regarding Dropbox are they the best service?
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    Expert Comment

    by:Charles Prezalor
    Their offering seems pretty solid, I use both them and Google Drive heavily.  I've been happy with both of them and while I can't say DropBox is the best, I'm very pleased with them.

    Author Closing Comment

    Great input - I ended up using something from each

    Subst Command

    Drop Box for Business Files I want to Share
    Google Drive and One Drive for files I don't want to share

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