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box.net file sharingA few months ago, the online storage service, Box.net, announced that users with a free account would now receive 5GB of free storage as opposed to the original offering of 2GB. I was already using Box.net for its superb ability to display common file types in-browser, which comes in handy when you are sharing temporary files, so this was an exciting piece of news for me.

There’s a myriad of reasons why you should re-discover the service if you don’t use it already as updates are constantly pushed and it would be a great alternative to sites like [NO LONGER WORKS] Drop.io. For those that appreciate WebDAV access or at least, an easier way to upload files from your desktop’s file manager, here are the simple steps to view your Box.net files in Windows Explorer.

Easily Upload Files Via Windows Explorer

Note: Tested in several Windows Vista machines. WinXP users can see Techie Buzz’s handy post.

1. Press the Win key + E or go to the Start menu, right-click on Computer and select Open.

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2. Right-click on Computer again and select Add A Network Location, which will prompt the respective wizard.

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3. Click Next on the welcoming screen.

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4. Then select the second option, Choose a custom network location.

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Type the following:

https://www.box.net/dav

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If for some reason, you have trouble, try the unsecured

http://www.box.net/dav

.

5. If everything goes well, you’ll get a popup window asking you for your credentials. Type your username, which is the email you use to log in to Box.net, as well as your password.

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6. Now you can type a name for you to easily identify this location, before clicking Next.

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7. You can choose whether to or not to check the box to launch the network location on Windows Explorer after exiting the wizard.

Click on Finish.

On Ubuntu, make sure you log onto Box.net in your web browser before following the instructions on the How-To Geek blog. This might break at times because support for WebDav has stopped after similar posts were written but at this time, it looks like it works. You might also find Gladinet Map Online Service As a Network Drive with Gladinet (Windows) Map Online Service As a Network Drive with Gladinet (Windows) Read More interesting if you are still having problems connecting, since it’s designed to help you map network drives for web apps.

Why Use Box.Net?

  • You can preview the more popular file types, such as FLV flash, MP3 and PDF files inside your browser.
  • There’s integration with other web services that provide you with file-editing capabilities while you don’t even have to download desktop software to handle them. For pictures, there’s Picnik, for signing documents, there’s DocuSign, etc.
  • There’s a built-in word processor, with collaboration features.
  • Depending on what services from the OpenBox you add, you can have other office suites, like Zoho, at your disposal and still use Box.net for storage.

  • You can embed your Box.net files (or the ones in a specific folder) in your website with a widget.
  • Your readers can then subscribe to a feed to update them when you modify the contents of the shared files or folders.
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The only downside to Box.net is that you can only upload files of up to 25MB for the free account, but most files I own are within the limits.

Online storage services abound these days. You’ll find many Dropbox Sugarsync vs Dropbox: The Battle Of The Cloud Storage Titans Sugarsync vs Dropbox: The Battle Of The Cloud Storage Titans Read More fans, as well as people that swear by Mozy, and Windows Live Skydrive How to Upload & Sync Files to SkyDrive from Windows Explorer How to Upload & Sync Files to SkyDrive from Windows Explorer Read More . I’ve personally always used Skydrive to upload pictures by email How to Email Photos to Your Free 25GB Windows Live SkyDrive How to Email Photos to Your Free 25GB Windows Live SkyDrive Read More when Flickr and Facebook just don’t cut it.

What do you use to store files?

  1. Thuong Em 5 Phut
    December 25, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Excuse me !
    I don't write English because I start learning English . I'm Vietnamese .
    I using Window 7 SP1 .
    I double click on your link is OK but it does not work when dialog pop-up show ( step 4 ) . Althought I have installed the Hotfix from Microsoft :
    http://www.microsoft.com/downl...

  2. Jessica Cam W.
    December 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    What version of Windows do you have and did you try http://www.box.net/dav as well as https://www.box.net/dav?

  3. Thuong em nam phut
    December 24, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I try , but not run into step 4 : " The folder you enteded does not appear to be valid . Please choose another " .
    Reason why ?

  4. Thuong em nam phut
    December 24, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I try , but not run into step 4 : " The folder you enteded does not appear to be valid . Please choose another " .
    Reason why ?

  5. Lisa
    December 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Jessica,
    This worked like a charm on Linux Mint 9. Thanks much! :)

  6. Nigel Sutherland
    December 22, 2010 at 1:10 am

    That is so complicated. Just get a Mac and use the free Dropbox!

    • Jessica Cam W.
      December 22, 2010 at 2:05 am

      All you have to do is type the URL, your username and password, much like you have to do to log on to your Box.net (or any other storage site, like Dropbox) account on your web browser.

  7. Jessica Cam W.
    December 22, 2010 at 3:05 am

    All you have to do is type the URL, your username and password, much like you have to do to log on to your Box.net (or any other storage site, like Dropbox) account on your web browser.

  8. Lisa
    December 21, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    At the risk of hijacking the entire thread, is there any way to achieve this with Ubuntu or Mint? :D

  9. Jessica Cam W.
    December 22, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Yes! I have tried the instructions from http://www.howtogeek.com/howto... in Ubuntu 10.10 and it worked!

  10. Reygun30012
    December 21, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    ?? i try , but not Run

  11. Jovellore
    December 21, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    works in windows 7

    • Jessica Cam W.
      December 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you so much for confirming!

  12. HPearce
    December 21, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    both HTTP and HTTPS come back as invalid location

    • Aibek
      December 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm

      what Windows version are you using?

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