Which storage option is best for me?
How should I organize my files?
It is essentially a big folder that allows you to store as many files as you like (on your Carleton account). It will remember all of your edits and changes through its version history for files made in Google Docs, Slides, or Sheets.
The version history for Google Drive is very intuitive. It allows you to see exactly what your file looked like at different points in time and how it compares to the file today.
Ability to add custom descriptions to files allows you to more efficiently search.
Searching to find your items (Title, Document, Description/Keywords): helpful video
Naturally, Google Drive has an amazing search algorithm that will search Titles and Text inside of every document. It can also search the description field. If you click on a file and look at its info, you can add a description. This description essentially allows you to add keywords that you will want to search by later.
You can search by title, contents, and other items.
This link shows advanced ways to search as well.
There are two different desktop applications (File Stream or Backup & Sync) that can automatically backup your files. You only need to use one of them.
The version history only shows changes in G-Suite files (Docs, Slides, Sheets).
This is also a large folder structure like Google Drive with practically unlimited storage on your Carleton account.
The desktop application (which can only be used on a personal computer) can automatically backup your files efficiently and easily.
The version history for Dropbox does not show a comparative view like Google Drive. But, it does allow you to download snapshots of what your file (or folder structure) looked like up to 30 days prior to today.
The only way to customize a file or folder is by its name, there is no way to add custom metadata/keywords/tags to it.
Microsoft Word Online
Carleton doesn’t pay for an institutional account. So, if you need more than 5 gigabytes of storage you will have to pay a monthly fee.
GitHub is primarily used to store your computer programs in an open source community.
It is very effective when you have multiple users working on the same program.
The Version History will show changes in files and file structure updated every time you (manually) push to your remote repository/folder.
It also allows your programs to be split off the main branch, and then to be merged later on.
Knowledge of the command line is recommended (the third party user interfaces, aren’t great)
It was designed for programs and isn’t great at storing large files. They are also known to delete repositories (folders) that are larger than 1GB (you would receive a reminder).
Make an account on GitHub (We recommend you use a personal email so that you can keep your account after graduation)
Command Line (or install a user interface below):
Windows: Install a Linux Subsystem for Windows.
Mac: Use the built-in Terminal.
It allows you to backup your mobile Apple devices and your Mac to the cloud.
There is no version history.
You can only share files (not folders) with other people.
There are only 5 GB of free storage space. But you can buy 20 GB of storage for $0.99/month.
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