You most likely use various computers at home or work, such as an All-in-One PC, desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Learning how to share files between your computers and your mobile devices can save a lot of time and prevent you from having to switch computers if you don’t find what you are looking for. There are also a bunch of useful methods that will let you share files from a distance. Here is a list of the best ways to go.
You will really only want to pursue this option if you are trying to share smaller files, like pictures or MP3 files. Usually, there are file size threshold limits on most e-mail servers, and trying to e-mail someone an entire movie or a folder of every single picture you took on your Caribbean cruise will more than likely bounce back undeliverable. It can also be incredibly time consuming to e-mail big files back and forth, so keep that in mind. You can use e-mail to share files, but it only works best for the smaller ones.
A lot of people look at external hard drives as safe places to keep their data in case their computer crashes, but external drives can also be used to share files between computers within your home network. This way, you can keep everything in one central location, so that you don’t have to burden your computer or mobile devices with huge data files. If you are on a Windows 8* computer, you can put your files in a public folder, or you can set up specific users to have access to any folder in your hard drive. If you are using a Mac, sharing can be accomplished through OS X Mountain Lion. Regardless of what operating system you have, using the external drive method gives you the power to access your music library from any room in your house on any device you own—turning you into a living, breathing dance machine no matter where you are.
Zip drives (which also go by other commonly used names like USB drives or thumb drives) are a quick and easy way to share files between computers. The technology is also incredibly easy to use and lets you transfer files to just about anywhere. The only drawback is that it can’t be done remotely—you still have to physically carry the thumb drive from one location to another in order to do the transfer. But that should be no big deal. Why stay home when you have a great excuse to swing by your BFF’s place and get caught up while watching The Princess Bride off your thumb drive?
Another great sharing idea is to set up a personal cloud storage account. Not only does this let you access your stuff from anywhere at anytime, but you can also give access to your friends and family. This is one of the simplest ways to share files between computers, and the cool thing about this is that you don’t even have to be in the same city, state, or even country. If you don’t have a personal cloud storage account already, you can get free and easy access through popular services like Dropbox* and Google Drive*. Keeping all of your files in personal cloud storage is also a great way to keep your gigabytes of music, movies, personal photos, and other irreplaceable files safe if your computer or hard drive ever fails.
Think about it—it can happen. If you are out and about and accessing the internet on your smartphone, you may come across something you want to share with a friend or keep for yourself, like a recipe, a funny YouTube video, or a cool home design idea. Just because it’s not a physical file and you don’t have access to a hard drive doesn’t mean you can’t bookmark it by posting links to Facebook, pinning it to Pinterest, or even tweeting about it.
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