I have had a Box.net (now known as Box) account since late 2011, when it kindly gave new customers 50 gigabytes of space on its servers for free. I realized recently that I was letting all of this space go to waste, and decided to start putting it to use. With this goal in mind, I searched the Box website, but found no information about how to connect it to a PC and I would have expected — at the very least — a crude program for uploading and syncing, but no. So, that’s the end of that story — or it would be were I not just as persistent as I am.
I used the advice that I give to everyone who comes to me with a problem. The advice is usually a checklist of items like: 1. Have you searched Google? 2. Have you checked another search engine (because Google — for the moment at least — doesn’t know everything)? 3. Have you looked at the support forums? 4. Have you had this conversation with the people in charge? 5. Have you tried dancing the hornpipe? And, apart from the silly one at the end, they are all relevant. I found a method that explains how to connect your Box account to Windows and it allows you to use your Box account much like you would Dropbox or Google Drive.
I would like to point out before I go any further with this article that I have only managed to test this on my main Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit machine. However, I have been assured that it should work with Windows Vista and there is another method to allow it to work with Windows XP. The last point that I want to make before we get started is that I have written this article with all users in mind, so I will try to make it as non-patronising as possible. Let’s get started.
How to Upload to Box Using Windows Explorer
Double click on the Computer icon or use the Windows key + E.
Right click within the window where there is white space and left click Add a network location.
Left click Next on the welcome screen.
Left click Choose a custom network location, then Next.
Left click within the text box and type in https://www.box.com/dav and Next.
Left click and enter your credentials in the top and bottom text boxes, then OK.
Left click and choose a name for your Box account, then Next.
You’ve now completed this wizard installation. Left click Finish and enjoy.
As I’ve already mentioned, there are other solutions like Dropbox and — most recently — Google Drive. I was one of the lucky people who got 50 GB of storage for free. If you consider that Dropbox and Google Drive give you anywhere between 1 GB and 16 GB of free storage, it’s not difficult to see that 50 GB is huge. I will use Box for keeping an active backup of my website and to back up the articles that I produce for LockerGnome. The phrase that springs to mind is “fail to prepare; prepare to fail,” although “failure is always an option” is a phrase that I tend to live by.
Box.net — as it was originally known — is the only service that utilizes Web 2.0, although I’m not completely convinced that Web 2.0 is anything more than a marketing ploy. Box also has AJAX, tags, RSS feeds, and its interface is clean and simple. I like the fact that Box can be completely Web- based using an AJAX interface to move files from your computer to Box, but I like having it connected to my computer so I can keep things up to date and not need to open another browser tab. I have too many tabs open to begin with and I’m sure there will be some of you who are in the same boat. What cloud storage solution do you use?