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You may use different cloud-based storage sites (OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, and more) to back up, synchronize, and share your files. When you use so many different sites, you can lose track of which files are on each one, which files you synchronize, and which files you share. You also must sign into each site separately to see and manage your online files. You can more easily work with the files you house in the cloud via a cloud management tool such as MultCloud. With MultCloud, you can access, view, manage, delete, upload, download, and transfer files among different cloud-based storage sites. Let’s check it out.

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MultCloud supports Google Drive, Dropbox (Personal and Business), OneDrive (Personal and Business), Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon S3, Box, SugarSync, MyDrive, Yandex, Adrive, and several others. A free account offers all the basic features, including a dedicated file explorer for accessing the sites and cloud-to-cloud file transfers. A $9.90-per-month paid plan provides more features, such as scheduled file transfers, faster transfer rates, a filter for file transfers, and upload encryption.

To get started, browse to the MultCloud website–you can take MultCloud for a spin without having to sign up. To do this, hover over the Sign Up button and click on the link to Experience Without Signing Up. Otherwise, click on the Sign Up button to register. Either way, the MultCloud Cloud Explorer then appears. Click on the entry to Add Cloud Drives to start adding your online storage sites (Figure A).

Figure A

At the next screen, select the site that you want to add. You can select and add only one site at a time. Click Next (Figure B).

Figure B

You now must grant MultCloud permission to access the site. Click the button to Add Account (Figure C).

Figure C

Sign into the site with your credentials and authorize the access. The site then appears in the Cloud Explorer displaying your stored files and folders (Figure D).

Figure D

Continue the process for other online storage sites that you want to include. When you’re finished, you should see all the sites listed in Cloud Explorer. A snapshot reveals the total and used storage space on each site (Figure E).

Figure E

Click on a specific site. You can navigate the various folders to see all the files you’ve stored on that site. You can use the navigation arrows and other tools to move among your different folders. Next, you can run any one of several commands on an individual folder or file. You can preview certain types of files, such as .jpegs and PDFs. To do so, double-click on the file you wish to preview. If the file is supported, you’ll be able to see it (Figure F). If not, the preview window displays general details on the file.

Figure F

Right-click on a file. From the popup menu, you can download, delete, or rename it. You can password-encrypt it and share it via a public or private link. You can go to the official site, which takes you directly to the online storage site (Figure G).

Figure G

You can also cut or copy the file and then paste it into a different folder on the same site. Many of the same commands–delete, rename, cut, copy, etc.–are also available for a folder. You can select multiple files or folders by checking them and then delete, cut, or copy them (Figure H).

Figure H

Next, you can upload a folder or file from your computer. To do this, click the Upload button. You can now upload an item by browsing to it locally or by dragging and dropping it (Figure I).

Figure I

You can transfer folders and files from one site to another. Here, you have two options. To cut or copy the folder or file, right-click on it and select Cut or Copy from the menu. Move to the other storage site to which you want to transfer the file. Right-click the destination folder and select Paste from the menu. More easily, right-click the folder or file you want to transfer and select the Copy to command from the menu. Select the other storage site and then the destination folder. Click the Transfer button to transfer the folder or file (Figure J).

Figure J

MultCloud offers two more handy features. To transfer a folder from one site to another, click the Cloud Transfer icon at the top. Select the target site and folder and then the destination site and folder. Click the Transfer Now button (Figure K).

Figure K

You can sync folders if you want to replicate their files across two different sites. To do this, click the Cloud Sync icon at the top. Select the source and destination folders. Choose the type of sync: One-way or two-way. Click the Sync Now button to synchronize the files (Figure L).

Figure L