Windows Live SkyDrive is free online storage space provided by Microsoft. You can get up to 25 GB of free online backup space for your documents, photos, videos and Microsoft Office files.
Windows Live Skydrive works with both Windows PCs and Macs, and allows you to access your files from any computer, anywhere in the world. You can even create and edit certain Microsoft Office files online. Windows Live Skydrive also integrates with Windows Live Mesh, letting you automatically sync up to 5 GB of important files to SkyDrive.
Add Files to SkyDrive Online
To get the full 25 GB of free online SkyDrive storage space, you have to add your files online. To start using SkyDrive, create a Windows Live ID if you don’t already have one. Then log into your account on the Windows Live SkyDrive website. Click the Add Files link, then click New Folder.
Name your folder, then select your sharing options and click Next. Drag and drop documents from your computer to the window provided or click Select Documents from Your Computer.
If you’ve selected the latter option, navigate on your hard drive to the location of the documents you’d like to upload to SkyDrive. Open the folder, select the files and click Open. Repeat this for each folder you would like to upload to SkyDrive.
Sync Files with Windows Live Mesh
To install Windows Live Mesh, run the Windows Live Essentials installer. Select Choose the programs you want to install. Select Windows Live Mesh and click Next. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
If the total size of all the files in the folders to be synced exceeds 5 GB, move some non-essential files to another folder before syncing your files to Windows Live Skydrive. After you start Windows Live Mesh, log in with your Windows Live ID, then select Sync a folder. Select a folder to sync, then click Sync.
Check the box next to SkyDrive synced storage and click OK. Also select whether you would like your Internet Explorer favorites and your Microsoft Office files to be synced to SkyDrive. Windows Live Mesh will now automatically sync your selected folders to your synced SkyDrive storage, even when the program window isn’t open.
If you like, you can also sync your Internet Explorer favorites and Microsoft Office files between the computers in your home. To do this, you must install Windows Live Mesh and turn on syncing on each computer you want to use.
For more information on this topic, read Creating online photo albums using Microsoft Live SkyDrive.