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It's August and back to school is fast approaching. While you're out upgrading your academic arsenal to be your scholarly best this school year, you're probably going to happen across a few new pieces of technology. I personally bought myself a new Macbook Pro last semester. At home I still have my custom built Windows gaming rig that I prefer to do work at when I step off campus. I am no stranger to Windows or Mac in the administrative sense so I wasn't surprised that as an everyday user of both I ran into a loss of productivity in shuffling around files.
Transferring documents from a Windows PC to a Mac can be exhausting using traditional storage hardware. Portable drives formatted on Mac cannot be read by default in Windows. Portable drives formatted on Windows can only be read on Mac by default, not written to. My hard drives and flash drives, which were already feeling tedious to carry and obsolete to the cloud, were useless to me. For a brief period of time this caused me to develop the very annoying habit of emailing my files from my Mac to my Windows PC and vice versa. On a few occasions in a rush I typed in the wrong email address and bounced my latest draft of a term paper. Thanks to Mozy Sync I have finally broken this habit. Mozy Sync has become my invisible USB flash drive that is 'plugged into' each of my computers. I thought I would take a moment to share how Mozy Sync gives me my important files when I need them regardless of my operating system.
As an example I'm going to use an image file of our trusty Mozy icon but we can imagine this is my term paper that I created overnight with a few good cups of coffee. I'm sending this file from my Windows computer to my Macbook.
On my Windows PC I simply double click the Mozy Sync icon at the bottom right hand of the Windows taskbar to open the Mozy Sync folder and drag and drop the file into it.
Upon dragging this file into my Mozy Sync folder it is sent to the cloud and stored in my Mozy account. The following notification lets me know of its successful upload.
My Macbook Pro is in my backpack sleeping. That's okay. I don't need to pull it out. It only needs to be on when I want to receive the file. I head out the door to start another full day of classes. When I get to the university and power on my Macbook Pro I am greeted with the following message from Mozy Sync:
The file has been downloaded to my Macbook Pro from the cloud. To find it I click on the Mozy Sync icon at the top right of the Mac Finder Bar and click "Open Mozy Sync Folder".
I immediately open the file and start making a few last minute changes. When I save the file the changes will be uploaded to the cloud and downloaded to my Windows PC. Since the term paper is now finished I don't really need access to it all the time via Mozy Sync. When I return home I'll move the file out of the Mozy Sync folder, file it in my documents and add it to my Mozy backup. This is of course a personal preference in handling my own files. You can store as many files in your Mozy Sync folder as your storage allows.
With hardware and software limitations still today, Mozy Sync is a great bridge that can help you keep your head in your studies and out of trying to reverse engineer a clever way to move your files. I am frequently surprised by the amount of Mozy users that do not know of its existence, let alone functionality. Perhaps it is the same preconceived notion I had of nothing better existing when I was desperately emailing myself files.