There must be something inherently evil about storing your Mac’s data online. I don’t know what the game is but I’m surprised at how many companies, Apple included, are willing to give potential customers free online data storage.
Some storage services have their own apps. Others, like iCloud and Dropbox, integrate with apps for even easier online storage, backup, and access. Here’s another free app that integrates with the Finder and gives 5GB of free storage.
Let The Finder Find Free Storage
The latest to take a wade in the online storage waters for my Mac is OpenDrive, an online storage, backup, and cloud content management service which works for Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android OS devices.
What makes OpenDrive similar is that you get free storage. Up to a point. That point is 5 gigabytes.
Beyond that, OpenDrive has pricing and options which range from $5 a month for 100GB to $25 a month for a full terabyte of storage.
The Basic plan has limitations on user number, bandwidth used per day, and download speed. The options with a price tag feature file encryption, more daily bandwidth, multiple users, and even backup and automatic file sync.
The OpenDrive app for the Mac is Mac-like and integrates to the Devices section in the Mac’s Finder Sidebar.
The way OpenDrive works is what you’d expect. Open, modify and save files as if the OpenDrive was a folder on your Mac.
You’ll need to setup an OpenDrive account, but the Basic option is free to get started.
Folders in your OpenDrive can be setup as Public, where anyone can view the contents, or Hidden, or Private Permission, and for each file and folder.
OpenDrive works like the Finder, so adding files and folders is as easy as drag and drop.
The amount of space available for your account is displayed in a menu, and you can store music (and play it from OpenDrive’s storage, but that takes up daily bandwidth quota).
Ditto for movie files, too. Copy files to the OpenDrive icon, drop them in the folder arrangement you created, and you’re good to go. The same account can be accessed via Windows PC, and both iPhone and some Android OS devices, as well as via a web browser on any personal computer connected to the internet.
The business aspect appears to be similar to the dentist who gives candy to patients. The more online storage you use, the more indispensable the storage becomes, and then it’s just a monthly expense.
I’m not totally sold on the benefits of online storage, but it’s easy enough to try it out as most services have a free option.