- One Drive is priced competitively (see this PC Magazine article for price comparison).
- Backing up to an external hard drive is a good idea, but if your computer is destroyed by a fire or natural disaster, the backup hard drive you have sitting right next to the computer is gone, too. A local backup is not enough.
- One terabyte of storage costs just $7/month and includes the latest version of Microsoft Office.
Here's a few other reasons I like One Drive.
- I can get a link to share any file or folder full of files. Maybe a file is too large to email. No problem, I simply right-click, select "Share a One Drive Link" and a link is created that I can send to a friend via email, instant message or even text. (Windows 10 gives me the right-click option and Google Voice gives me the option to paste that link into a text).
- I can sync folders across multiple computers. The way I use this: the laptop I am using now is both my work and personal computer. If it were to go down and I had to mail it in for repairs no biggie, I just grab my backup laptop (currently being used by my daughter...sorry sweetheart), do a One Drive sync and all my files are instantly current on the backup laptop and I am ready to go.
- There are ways with each version of Windows (7, 8 and 10) to choose which files stay in the cloud and which files sync to my computer. I have some files that I do not need on a regular basis, so they are not on my main computer's hard drive. Others I need, so I work with them on my hard drive and keep a back up copy with One Drive. ALL of these files are available from most any Internet connected device (my phone, iPad, friend's computer, etc).
If you have any questions about a backup system (local and/or cloud based) for your computer, please feel free to contact me. As always, if you'd like some assistance setting this up, More Tech Savvy would be glad to help!