Online Storage with Microsoft OneDrive



I now have all my photos stored on Microsoft OneDrive. I ran out of space in the various free accounts that I was able to create, and I needed more storage. I looked at the options for cloud storage and selected OneDrive, as the most reasonable option available. OneDrive is a Microsoft product so it is unlikely to disappear any time soon. OneDrive charges $50 per year for 100 GB storage, which was what I needed.

OneDrive allows me to copy specific directories and then access them from different locations, including other computers and from my phone. Unlike some services, OneDrive is not designed as a computer backup system. It does, however, store an additional backup copy of my photos, in case something happens to the external hard drive that I routinely use.

The OneDrive PC application and iPhone App are easy-to-use. I encountered no problems, although it took about a week to transfer all my files to OneDrive. Fortunately, OneDrive keeps you well informed about the progress of your transfer and clearly marks transferred files with a green check mark.

My timing for this change was not good. A few days after I made my decision, Google lowered the price for their competing Google Drive service to $1.99 per month or $23.88 per year. Consequently, when my OneDrive service comes up for renewal, I will probably change to Google unless Microsoft has lowered its prices by then.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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2 Responses to Online Storage with Microsoft OneDrive

  1. chybaskids says:

    I REALLY need to read this one carefully as I have my Memory Manager on my HP PC & photos on my Mac in iPhoto. I used to hate the iPhoto on my old Mac but this new one is great!

  2. Pingback: How low can it go? | All About Images Blog

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