If you deleted something from a cloud service and wish you hadn’t, there could be hope! So you’ve uploaded files and synced them. But maybe you accidently removed something you didn’t mean to. You may still be able to recover them depending on the circumstances.
With Dropbox, the files are deleted but not moved from their location. They go hidden. If you go online to the folder containing the “deleted” file, you can unhide it. Click on the trash can icon to show deleted files. You can also right click and show deleted files. Once unhidden you can restore the files or permanently delete them.
When you delete a file it will go to trash. You can click on the trash icon and see the files sitting there. You can select, right click and restore them or delete forever. There are also links on top right instead of right click. You also can Empty trash.
Microsoft’s OneDrive moves the deleted files to the Recycle Bin (sound familiar?) You can restore files or delete forever from there.
We are not sure what happens to items when a folder is shared with someone and they delete an item. It may depend on who started the folder.
Many people use Dropbox to store some files to share at work. But did you know you can have a second account and merge them?
You can have a personal account as well and merge the files so they are both available. Another alternative is to log out of one account and into the other to keep the accounts separately.
On a Windows PC, you can make a second user account and have one Dropbox account associated with each profile. Then to access each account, you can just “switch user” on the PC.
There are a few applications out there that allow you to sync ALL your cloud accounts (at least the ones they support) but it will cost you. Here are a couple:
Oxito.com – Different pricing: PC only, $39.99, iOS $9.99, Android $9.99, Windows 8 RT $9.99; Premium Bundle: All above for $95.90/year or $9.99/month. Comes with a 14 day free trial.
cloudHQ.net – This comes with 3 plans: Personal for $9.90/month or $99/year; Premium Plan for $17.90/month or $179/year; Business Plan for $29.90/month or $299/year.
~ Jody Victor
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~ Jody Victor