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Access Your Files Anywhere Using Microsoft OneDrive

Syncing files between multiple computers in different locations has been a difficult task. Syncing software will often end up creating duplicates of files because it can't determine which file should take precedence over the others. It also might not delete files in other locations if you delete them in one place, and therefore it isn't "true sync." This is why the concept of the "cloud" took over, and it has solved many of these file dilemmas.

Should my computer be able to read the data on a Kindle?

Kindle Fire HDX

Episode 1122

Richard from Santa Monica, CA

Leo says no, it shouldn't. It's to prevent people from stealing books that are downloaded on it. But since he has a Kindle Fire, there is a way to get user data such as photos and videos. He would need a "USB to Go" port, but Leo doesn't think the Kindle supports that. If he's not seeing it, it likely doesn't support it.

How can I sync to the cloud without having issues with duplicate files?

Episode 1086

Steve from Calabassas, CA

Steve has Google Drive but he doesn't think it's organized very well for backup. Leo says it's not ideal as a backup solution. It's more of a temporary repository. Steve is having problems syncing to it, because it just keeps creating multiple copies. Leo says he could turn on Versioning in Google Docs, so that may help.

How can I sync my Android without Google getting the data?

Samsung Galaxy S4

Episode 1067

Vlad from California

Vlad wants to know if there's anything he can do to get his data on his computer and print a hard copy of it. Leo says that Vlad should use Google to sync everything. That way he'll have a copy of it everywhere: on his phone, online, and on the desktop. Google will sync it seamlessly, and it's by far the easiest way to do it. But Vlad doesn't want to give Google all that information. Leo says that using the S4 gives Google everything anyway, as does Vlad's ISP, so it's a moot point.

How do I stop people I don't know from syncing to my contacts?

Episode 1043

Michele from Los Angeles, CA

Michele got a text from someone saying "Merry Christmas" and she has no idea who it is, though he's in her contacts. Leo suggests that it may be someone through social media - via Google+ or Facebook, which can be set up to automatically sync to a contact list. Twitter, Linked In, and Skype may do this as well. Outside of that, Outlook has a setting that automatically adds anyone she would email to her contact list. If she can narrow it down to where these contacts are coming from, then she can disable the sync option to her contacts.

How can I sync hard drives to my NAS?

Episode 1036

Dwayne from Oxnard, CA

Dwayne just bought a WD MyCloud external drive and wants to clone his PC drive. Leo says that it's USB capable, but the USB port is only for attaching other hard drives. Leo suggests connecting an Ethernet cable and moving the data over with that. He can use SyncToy to sync them. There's also Second Copy from Centered Systems. The Chatroom says that the MyCloud folder on the desktop does that automatically.