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OneDrive Update and Achieving Success

Information: OneDrive Update

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned Microsoft OneDrive as a backup and/sync tool for my files that I need to access from multiple devices. I’ve been using it regularly, and I’m almost ready to say I recommend it to you. Here’s what you get with OneDrive.

Free version: 5 Gigabytes, downloadable app for OneDrive file storage on each of your devices.

Paid version: Includes Office 365 apps for 2016 editions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, plus:

  • 5T (terabyte or 1,000 Gigs) storage and Office 365 Personal for $69.99 a year ($6.99 a month)
  • 5T storage, Office 365 Home for $99.99/year or $9.99 a month. There’s a “try for free” offer on this one.

See complete pricing information here.

How to set it up: If you have a Microsoft account (,, or, you can access OneDrive as described in my previous post. Then, download the app for your Windows or Mac device. It installs a OneDrive folder on your computer.  For Windows 7 and 8.1, get the app here. OneDrive comes with Windows 10. For Mac, the FAQs are here.

If you don’t already have a Microsoft account, you can sign up for one at

How it works: The app puts a OneDrive folder in Favorites. Whether you’re working in Word online or on your computer, OneDrive saves the file in OneDrive and in your local folder, too. I use Windows 7. The OneDrive icon is also in the system tray, and it shows me when OneDrive is syncing. You can work entirely in Word online, but your work will be saved to OneDrive only if you install the app on each device that you want to access your files from.

So far, so good. I have no complaints. I’m delighted to have 5T of storage.

Inspiration:  Achieving Success

February is Black History Month, celebrating the obstacles that African-Americans have overcome in their quest for equality. I found two quotes on success from two famous black men. As writers, we want to succeed in getting our work published. It’s a lot of work, and it seems like an obstacle course sometimes. See what these men have to say about achieving success.

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” —Booker T. Washington

“We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” —Jesse Owens, world record-setting Olympic athlete

It all comes down to persistence. We’ll have obstacles, but to achieve success, we must overcome them.

Readers, do you use OneDrive? Does it meet your backup and sync needs? Any other thoughts? Share your thoughts by commenting on this post. If you receive this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.

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2 Responses to OneDrive Update and Achieving Success

  1. Cecelia L. Lester February 25, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

    Emily: At present. I am using an external hard drive for a lot of my backups. I also use DVD Rewritable Discs.

  2. Emily Akin February 26, 2017 at 7:37 am #

    I use an external hard drive, too, Cecelia. Also, a thumb drive now and then. OneDrive gives me online storage so that I can access work in progress from multiple devices: home computer, tablet, phone. It’s a temporary backup. I don’t think I’d ever rely totally on OneDrive to back up everything.

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