Cloud storage has been significantly useful and widely used these days. Most of the people are now relying on to Cloud storage as it’s easy and handy and can be accessed from anywhere in this earth with a verity of platform support. Dropbox, Ubuntu One, Box.Net and various of other popular Cloud Service now provide free online storage and as well as their own client for PC and Mobile to allow user access from anywhere. But all of them follow a common baseline. Your files will be stored in a intermediate server and you can access and share your files from that intermediate server. If you need a private cloud storage for your own, Bdrive is a free and easy solution for that. Bdrive allows to create personal server in a Windows or Mac PC and store/access files via that. You can enter your server from Bdrive’s Windows or Mac OSX client and from Android, iOS device. Once your server is connected, you can get to it quite easily.
Bdrive is a great technology for free personal cloud as well as for small business solution with it’s simple and easy to configure application. Bdrive’s working mechanism is similar to usual server-client connection while the only difference is you can use your own PC as server and then use any PC or Smartphone as client. All you need to do is fix some memory in your local storage and then connect it using Bdrive Server application. You can then connect as many clients as need and everything will work if your Server is connected. Bdrive Server uses specified Network Adaptor instead of server IP address and don’t need any types of script for server administration. Now let’s get on how to make it work.
First of all, you need to create a server. To do so, we will need a Windows or Mac OSX PC with working Internet connection. Download the Bdrive server application and then install – run it. During the first time usage, you will be asked for your email address and select Network Adapter.
Then you will be taken to the server app homemenu – a 5 tabbed simple application. Tabs are called – Folders, Network, Options, Subtitles and About. From the Folders tab, you can add any folder as Bdrive local storage (Uploaded files will be stored there). You can assign a password or leave blank to make the folder accessible only by using BID value. Then you can customize permission and make it either Read/Writeable (Client can both download and upload files there) or only Readable (Client cannot be able to upload files there, only download possible) and then click on Restart from the window. Once the Server process restarted, your personal cloud server is ready to go.
If the Connection Test fails to connect, go to Network tab from the client application and check whether fetching Global and Local IP are allowed or not. Then restart your server application and connect again.
Once your server is running properly, open up Bdrive client and from the Homemenu, click on Add to add a new Cloud connection. Then on the next field, you will asked to but the BID of the server you wanted to access. Then click Ok to add access to the shared folder.
To start mapping any shared folder, double click on it and then put password (if applicable) and assign a Drive Letter (Bdrive client will create a new drive using that letter). You can then upload and download files from that shared folder based on permission.
You can map as many folder as you want and mount or unmount any virtual drive. You can assign different letters for different shared folder.
Bdrive’s Android and iOS client provides direct secure access to your Private cloud from any where. From the dashboard, tap on Menu and put BID. Then tap on the mapped folder, put password and you will then be able to Upload/Download and browse files on it.
Bdrive is a free service and it’s Server app is available for Windows and Mac. While Bdrive Client application is available for Windows, Mac, Android & iOS. Check the following video for practical demonstration.