Gladinet – Access Online Storage via Windows Explorer

Online files storage services make storing your files in the cloud and make it accessible anywhere. I use plenty of services like Google Docs, Windows Live Skydrive, Box.net, etc.

Some of the most popular services where you might be storing your files are Google Docs, Amazon S3, Windows Live Skydrive, etc. But, at best they are digital islands and you could access them via browser or through some special tools.

Gladinet is a tool that lets you mount these online storage as a virtual drive in your computer. This lets you access these files with Windows Explorer enabling you to drag and drop files in your very familiar interface.

A few services you can access via Gladinet

  • Google Docs
  • Google Picasa pictures
  • Windows Live Skydrive (free 25GB storage)
  • Amazon Storage
  • Even mount your local directory and access from a remote location
  • Add online web applications such as Gmail, Gtalk, Picasa, ThinkFree, etc.
  • Use online applications on local files via Windows Explorer context menu

Gladinet’s tagline ‘Access Without Boundaries‘ is a fitting description of what this service is. It goes beyong letting you mount online services to your local drives. It blurs the distinction between local files and web applications, etc.

Gladinet is definitely a great and promising service that I am going to keep my eyes open for. It provides that integration that has been missing between my desktop and the various online services I use.

As a recap, here is what Gladinet does for you

  • Access data from Online Storage services as a local folder
  • Access data from remote machines
  • One click access to all your online applications
  • Access from your SysTray
  • Access from Start Menu
  • Access from Windows Explorer
  • Access Online files with local applications
  • Access Local files with Online applications
  • Extend local hard drives with remote hard drives
  • Extend local hard drives with Online storages
  • Single sign-on stores your credentials for 1-click access

There are a few more extras you could get with upgrading to their standard version. All the above features are available with the free standalone version of Gladinet. And you don’t even need to register for an account!

The online storage as virtual drives is great as I can dump all my music files to my Windows Live Skydrive that has 25GB free space!

If you are looking for just a file sync service, check out our DropBox review as well as Syncplicity review

Leave a comment if you try this awesome service and I’d love to hear your feedback.

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9 Responses to “Gladinet – Access Online Storage via Windows Explorer”

  1. aaron December 8, 2008 at 10:19 pm #

    Too cool! I haven’t tried it out yet, but it looks really interesting.

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  2. game-girl December 9, 2008 at 2:43 am #

    I tried to use Gladinet. Really, I do not quite understand how it works. I will understand.

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  3. Anthony December 9, 2008 at 10:51 pm #

    I tried using it but I ran into problems when I tried connecting it to Skydrive. I have a hard time trying to uninstall it from my system. Google DOCS and Picasa work. I think I will hold out a bit until a later version fix the skydrive bug.

  4. Caroline@debit card loans December 10, 2008 at 9:51 am #

    Cloud computing is going to be the next big thing, at least according to Google and Microsoft.

  5. A.Vlad December 11, 2008 at 2:10 pm #

    What? It works only with explorer, what about firefox and opera?

  6. Claris December 18, 2008 at 3:12 am #

    Gladinet is the next tool which i am left with…Presently I am using Google docs to store even a large files so that everyone can access..

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  7. Jack December 21, 2008 at 11:31 pm #

    What’s the file sharing side like? Does it let you share to selected groups or is it “all or nothing” when it comes to sharing? My online storage site of choice is http://www.MyOtherDrive.com because they let me share privately. I can record a movie of my kids, share it to my ‘family’ group and only they see it. I can also make some limited content truly public. And of course I can keep most of my files private. It was not clear to me if they offered this advanced level of sharing. I also could not tell if I can upload once and then “push” content to others (as well as received “pushed” content). MyOtherDrive has this capability – upload once and then move the files around “on the backend.” Very bleeding edge cool.

  8. andy@water filters February 12, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

    Sounds nice, but can this last? I remember some tool like this came out for gmail back in the days (for storage online only), and soon after, it stopped working and no one fixed it. I hope this one will be kept up to date so that it can be used without fail.

  9. Steve September 16, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    Interesting. How does GladiNet compare with the likes of Mozy, Carbonite, SpiderOak, IBackup or ElephantDrive. Have you tested any of the Amazon S3 enabled packagesd? BackBlaze, JungleDrive, CloudBerry?
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