OneDrive – for all your large stuff

So I’m pretty unimpressed with OneDrive for active files.

On the other side of the coin, OneDrive is ok for backing up large amounts fo files. I have all my documents, videos and pictures on OneDrive – nearly 300Gb of them.

I have even had the sad opportunity to drag them back again when a primary hard disk failed. It took a while, but I was able to get them back ok.

The way I use OneDrive for backing up whole main PC is to use a file synchronisation program – to regularly look for files that have changed.

OneDrive exists and a new virtual drive, and I regularly mirror my Documents, Videos and Pictures to this virtual drive using Syncovery.

Will write about Syncovery soon.


OneDrive – for all your large stuff

Dropbox – the OneDrive you wanted


I have started using Dropbox to share files that I’m actively wanting to share between my mac, windows and web interfaces.

Even though I have Office 2016 on mac and windows, the ability to share word and excel files between my PCs is just not there. OneDrive and the office sync features are just not good enough. I see so many errors and problems that I just can’t trust it for files I need.

Contrast to Dropbox, now installed as an app proper on OSX and Windows 10. Any files I drop into my dropbox folder is very shortly and reliably available on the other platforms.

Extra bonus, any screen dump I do on OSX appears automatically on my PC here I can use Photoshop proper to edit it.

Sorry, but Microsoft you just don’t cut it. Dropbox for my actively shared files, you are it.

[Update 2022:] Wow, did I write this?

Well OneDrive and Office365 has definitely won the battle for my file sharing now. Especially when you add OneNote syncing across devices using OneDrive.

Also OneDrive on my home server to keep my backup copy local, and sections of OneDrive synced to roving devices with lower storage. OneDrive you win!

Dropbox – the OneDrive you wanted

Upgrading Dell XPS One 2710 to Windows 10


So I wanted to upgrade my June 2012 purchased desktop to Windows 10 but was met with the following roadbloack on the dell web site.

XPS One 2710

Product not tested for Windows 10 upgrade

Dell is not testing or developing Windows 10 drivers for this product. If you choose to upgrade, some features, applications, and connected devices may not work as expected.

Should I worry ? Surely nothing too exotic would stand in the way right?

I had tried the free upgrade when Windows 10 was first released but all of the networking failed after the upgraded, so I down graded again to Windows 8.1.

After playing around with the Hyper V setup a bit I figured that this was probably the reason the networking bombed in Windows 10. So after a few weeks of nagging from the upgrade assistant, I removed Hyper V and tried again.

The upgrade itself was smooth and I’m really enjoying Windows 10. The new start menu is a welcome addition – but the best bit so far I’m enjoying is the new Windows Explorer layout – so much easier to find drives and directories and move around quickly.

So Ethernet networking is going fine, but if I disable the ethernet device and try to use WiFi I always get a “limited” network connection. So it seems the WiFi drivers are indeed not quite right in Windows 10.

Not enough to want me to go back, but it would be nice if I needed to move the machine to somewhere where I don’t have wired ethernet.

This machine has served we well – it came with Windows 7.

Upgrading Dell XPS One 2710 to Windows 10