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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-06-2011, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie question about file storage

I have not purchased a Chromebook yet, but I'm seriously considering it. I think I understand the general idea of cloud computing, but I'm a bit cloudy myself about how and where I store my files!

I will be traveling with my Chromebook and camera. I would like to be able to periodically download photos from my camera to my Chromebook. My camera downloads raw photo data -- not jpegs -- so uploading to a Picasa Web album isn't an option. Each raw file is about 16MB. I need to store several gigabytes somewhere until I get home, when I can process them on my PC.

So (1) exactly where and how do I store my raw files, and (2) how do I ultimately transfer them to my PC?

I apologize if this is too elementary a question (it's my first post).
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-08-2011, 04:01 PM
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There are a lot of places where you can store a RAW online. The question becomes can you access those places. I know SkyDrive, Drop Box and Amazon all have ways to store the RAW format. I know you can't access Amazon's, but maybe someone with a Chromebook can tell us if they use the other two.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-08-2011, 05:11 PM
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External usb hard disk should also be a workable option.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-08-2011, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your suggestions. Since posting here, I read that Google Docs, Gmail, and Picasa all provide cloud storage. Google Docs has a decent interface, allowing you to organize your files into folders, etc. I could attach files to Gmail messages and send them to myself -- ugh. Picasa won't accept RAW files. That leaves Docs. There is a 1GB limit on files that Docs cannot handle natively (for example, my RAW files). At 16MB per RAW file, I would quickly reach that limit. Then you pay $0.25 per GB, which is not too bad at all.

See Google Docs storage : Uploading files and folders to Google Docs - Google Docs Help
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-10-2011, 02:01 PM
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When it comes to the RAW format you are probably going to want to have an external USB hard disk. If you think about the upgrade prices for storage and the price of a portable external hard drive then you will see the hard drive ends up being the better choice if you have a lot of RAW files you want to save.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-19-2011, 03:44 PM
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You also have the option of using SD cards which should be particularly handy while travelling. The Samsung CB has an SD card slot...don't know about the Acer CB.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-20-2011, 12:08 AM
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I think something like Dropbox would work the best, as it has a large storage area available and it doesn't cost too much to increase that as needed.
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