Although there are many good cloud-storage services to choose from, I continue to mostly use Dropbox, primarily for its flexibility and level of cross-platform support.
Here are some tricks and tips for getting the most out of the service.
Using selective synching to manage local storage
I have a paid 1TB Dropbox account that I mostly use so store over 600MB of digital photos. The service lets me view, edit, and otherwise manage those images on a desktop PC, notebook, tablet, and even my smartphone. But only the desktop has sufficient storage for the entire collection of images. I keep subsets of the images on the other devices.
For example, I keep only recent photos on my notebook, where I can do an initial cut and also process them in Adobe Lightroom (site).
About six months to a year after an image is created, I move it to an “Archives” folder, which shows up only on the desktop system.
I use Dropbox’s Selective sync feature to create and manage what’s stored locally on each device. (I keep a small subset of “favorite” images on my tablet and phone.) Unfortunately, Dropbox doesn’t make accessing Selective sync especially easy. To do so, you must right-click the Dropbox icon in the taskbar and select the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the status box. Next, click Preferences/Account/Selective Sync.
The Selective sync dialog box will display a list of all folders in your Dropbox account. (You can’t selectively synch individual files.) On each device, you put a checkmark next to the folders that you want on both the local Dropbox folder and in the cloud, as shown in Figure 1.
(Note: Microsoft’s OneDrive also supports selective synching. Right-click the OneDrive folder in Explorer and click “Choose OneDrive folder to sync.”)