How To Turn Your Web Server Into a Desktop USB Drive

The following question was posted in the comments by James Thompson of jtGraphics on my post about Dropbox.

Does anyone know of similar software that can be bought? I have plenty of servers and cloud accounts. It’d be cool to just spend like $200 on some software and use my own servers…

James, you are in luck! I’ve found just such a program today (well, yesterday) and it does exactly what you’re asking for! The software is call ExpanDrive and it won’t cost you $200, or even $100. How does a 30 day free trial sound? Then if you like it, you can buy it for $39.95.

ExpanDrive acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac (there is a Windows version but it’s no where near as eloquent). You can use ExpanDrive to connect to your web server and it will show up as a drive on your desktop. You can treat it just like any other drive. You can drag and drop files to it, create folders, play MP3/videos, etc.

I use ExpanDrive to access my Amazon S3 account (where backups of this blog are kept). It’s the most simple way I’ve found to save and retrieve files from S3 since it just works like USB drive on my computer. Give it a try and tell me what you think.

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ExpanDrive | Dropbox 2.25GB of Free Online Storage | Amazon S3 Simple Storage Service