How to Use Amazon Cloud Drive Like an External Hard Drive

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Wouldn't it be nice if you could use Amazon Cloud Drive as an external hard disk? The problem with most online storage services is you typically have to access each one via a web browser, which is not ideal when you need to upload your music or other types of files in bulk. We'll show you how to use the free Gladinet Cloud Desktop software to use Amazon Cloud Drive as a physical storage device.

Gladinet also supports other cloud storage services such as Box.net, SkyDrive, Google Docs, and more.

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How to Set Up Gladinet Free Starter Edition

If Gladinet Cloud Desktop isn't installed, download the free Starter Edition from the official website. It's compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 2003/2008. Then, follow these steps to add Amazon Cloud Drive:

  1. When you run Gladinet for the first time after installation, choose the Free Starter Edition and select Next > Next.

  2. Select Add My Cloud Storage Account to begin adding cloud storage services.

  3. Select the Storage Service drop-down menu and choose Amazon Cloud Drive. Then, select Next.

  4. Type your Amazon security credentials in the Username and Password fields. Select Next to continue.

  5. Unless you're going to upgrade to the paid-for Gladinet Pro version, clear the Enable Cloud Sync Folder for the Virtual Directory check box. Select Finish > Finish.

How to Use Amazon Cloud Drive Like a Hard Disk

After completing the above steps, you should see a window displayed on your desktop called My Gladinet Drive. You can use this to access your Amazon Cloud Drive space directly. If you want to add more online storage services supported by Gladinet (for example, Box.net, SkyDrive, or Google Docs), double-click the Click to Mount [cloud storage] link.

To start using your Amazon Cloud Drive storage, double-click its icon just like you would any other folder in Windows.

Transferring files to your online storage space using Gladinet is virtually the same as dragging and dropping in Windows. The only difference you see is a progress window that appears when uploading folders and files. To view more information when it appears, click the Show Details option. If you need to interrupt an upload session, select the Cancel button to stop.

To access the Gladinet main menu screen, right-click the Gladinet icon in the Windows system tray and choose Management Console. On this screen, you can see the virtual directories you set up. Click the double-arrow to the far right of Amazon Cloud Drive to open up its configuration options.