BoardDrive – wirelessly backs up photos to your computer
Jul 12, 2013 5:59 PM –
BoardDrive allows you to backup photos from your Android device wirelessly to your computer. A personal cloud if you will.
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S4, Windows 7 computer
Pros & Cons:
- Create a personal cloud to backup photos to your computer(s)!
- Not intuitive to setup.
- Supports photos only, no other file types.
Often I get app recommendation requests and sometimes gripes from readers asking if there are personal cloud solutions to backup their files to their own computers/servers as they just prefer not to have their data in the cloud with Big Brother Google or with others like Dropbox, Box or SugarSync. Enter apps like BoardDrive, which allows you to do just that. So your photos are not hosted on other company’s servers- but your own. This solution also does not require software to be installed on your computer- just the file sharing permissions properly enabled. However, it is limited to uploading pictures only and this is limited to photos and no other file types like videos, music, documents, etc. Additionally, it’s not easy to setup, however, once setup the app is a breeze thereafter to use.
Ease of Use:
The ease of setup aspect is one of the areas where the app fails. It’s not so easy to setup. I initially sought the developer’s FAQ on how to properly connect but ultimately resorted to email instruction with the developer to finally get it to work. So hopefully these instructions help others reading this review:
- First, and most important, the app must upload to a “Shared” drive on your computer. On a PC, locate (or create) a folder you would like to upload to.
- Then right-click the folder and go to “Properties”. See below what it should look like…
- Under “Sharing” tab click “Share…” button and choose an account owner for the folder.
- Then click “Advanced Sharing…” and check the box “Share this folder”.
BoardDrive Setup Shared Drive
Next ensure your device is on the same WiFi network as your computer and open the BoardDrive app…
- Enter your computer’s local IP address and not computer name. I learned the hard way, if you use computer name, browsing between folders is painfully slow (around 20-30 seconds to navigate folders).
- To find your computer’s local IP address (not public Internet IP) on a PC click the Start button and type “cmd” and hit Enter.
- Type “ipconfig” and hit Enter.
- Look for the line “IPv4 Address” for the IP address. Hint: it should start something like 192.168.0.XXX.
- In BoardDrive under Server click “Add” and enter the local IP address plus your username and password to your computer account then click “Select” button.
- Then under “Folder” browse to the shared folder on your computer. This is where the app can suggest folders names based on your calendar entries. Hint: I would advise not to select a sub-folder… though it helps with PC file/folder organization.
- Under “Pick photos” box select the photos button and wait for your pictures to load.
- Scroll through and select the photos and tap the “Upload” button.
All selected photos will upload to your computer. There is a “History” tab to check the progress of your uploads. As mentioned, after initial setup it will be a breeze to transfer photos.
BoardDrive – Server Login
BoardDrive – List of Shared Folders
BoardDrive – Folders
BoardDrive – Folder Select
BoardDrive – Upload Progress
BoardDrive – Upload Details
BoardDrive – Settings
BoardDrive is useful to those interested in a straightforward solution to backup their photos to a computer or personal server rather than popular cloud storage services.
This depends on your personal frequency to shoot pics to your computer.
The interface adds to initial setup frustrations. For example, it’s quite confusing when selecting folders using the “Select” button and periodically folders request username and password credentials when already setup.