Why I needed to store and share large files
I have been photographing and video recording my son since the day he was born, almost one and a half years ago. I have taken countless pictures of him and also video taped him on a couple of occasions. Sadly enough, some of those images and videos have recently been lost. It’s when my new mobile phone prompted me to format the memory card. I mistakenly did it because I forgot that it contained a few invaluable images and videos of my son. I was broken heart after this incident. That’s when I started to wonder and experiment as to how I could save those valuable data once and for all. After wondering for about two months, I finally found my dream tool to preserve all my invaluable documents. It’s none other than Google drive.
What I used previously to store data
Hard disk and memory cards are definitely one way to store your data. But they can be infected with virus anytime and hence you might lose your important information.
A few years ago I started to work for a publications company as a writer. I had to keep record of the job I did for them. I mainly used my gmails to do that. Sometimes I would take photographs of the work record and send those from one gmail to another. Then I started YouTubing, I needed to create new gmails once a channel was terminated. Thus at a point I had countless gmails. Now I lost track of which gmails I used to store a particular document/image.
Social media platforms aren’t suitable for file storing, here’s why
At some point I thought about storing files, images, videos and other documents on my social networking accounts. Initially I used Facebook for that purpose. I used to send some important files to my brother through messenger. I told him not to bother about those, he understood my situation.
Then I had images and videos of my son that I didn’t want to share with everybody, except for a few people among my kith and kin. That’s when I started to send those video files to my brother and brother in law. Being affectionate towards my son, they wanted to have those images and videos. But to send these to different people, I needed to spend a lot of data and time.
I created an Instagram account and then..
Since I wasn’t willing to share my son’s images and videos on my Facebook timeline, I just created an Instagram account from my FB ID in my son’s name. I thought nobody would know that this was basically my son’s account. (I’m still not sure whether it works this way).
I messaged my relatives the link/name of my son’s Instagram account. But a few of them say they didn’t find anything such on Instagram. So I thought about an ultimate solution to get rid of these problems.
Also my Facebook account is now at risk. I might lose that anytime. You know there are some indecent folks out there who always would post racist and inappropriate contents on Facebook. Sometimes I can’t swallow some of those and hence protest. This sort of protestation often leads to fight and quarrel. They use bad language and in retaliation, so do I.
Although I don’t consider to report their comments, but they seem to leave no stone upturned. Some of them report my comments and I get in trouble. Recently Facebook has marked one of my comment as inappropriate and removed it. If they keep finding further inappropriate comments from me, they might disable my account. As a result the Instagram account may go as well. So the bottom line is, the videos and images I posted on my son’s Instagram account aren’t safe at all. This is because that account is connected to my Facebook ID.
Finally Google drive saved me and made my day
Once the fear of losing my Facebook and Instagram accounts grew inside me, I stopped posting my son’s videos and images on the Instagram account. Out of frustration, I haven’t saved the recent files anywhere: not on gmail, Facebook, hard disk or memory card; because they were safe nowhere for the reasons stated above.
Then this evening I was planning to store these files on Google drive. And I started doing that using the Google drive app on my android phone. After uploading a few videos, I encountered an option that I didn’t notice earlier. When the uploading was finished, I was offered to share the file on any of multiple platforms including all major social media sites! I was mesmerized as I found the ultimate solution for storing and sharing the large files that my son’s videos were. I instantly shared that video on my brother’s Facebook wall.
Then I sent a friend request to my brother in law who is a recently graduated MBBS doctor and also a ‘mama’ of my son. (A few days ago I had a little misunderstanding with him and unfriended him on Facebook). Once he accepts my request, I’m going to share the video files one by one on his timeline.
Why Google drive is much safer than any other place
To find the answer to this question, you have to take a look at the name itself, ‘Google drive’. What is it? It is a virtual drive where people can store and save their valuable documents and files. As far as I’m concerned, Google drive offers 15GB of free storage space. That is really a huge amount of space. If you need more, it shouldn’t be a problem; because you can own multiple Google accounts, can’t you?
And Google is so nice to it’s users in that it hardly disables someone’s account. If you have your YouTube account terminated, then Google might temporarily lock your account. But you can have it back by phone-verification, it’s that simple. So virtually once you have a Google account, you’re never going to lose it. That’s why I say Google drive is the best online place to store your important files. It even lets you share your files on any platform you want. This sharing is available not only immediately after uploading, but at a later time also. So I’m happily using Google drive, and you can do the same!
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