Upload Size Limits for Skydrive

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Upload Size Limits for Skydrive
SkyDrive lets you access your files from any computer in the world. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

SkyDrive is an online file storage system that is part of the Windows Live network of services. The service lets you upload, store and organise documents, digital photographs and other files and then access them from any computer connected to the Internet. SkyDrive does have its limits on upload size and overall disk space available to each user. Like other Windows Live network services, you need a Windows Live ID to log into the file storage system.

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Upload Limit

You can upload any document, photograph, video or other file up to 50 megabytes (MB) in size. If the file exceeds the upload size limit, you receive an error stating that the file size has been exceeded before the upload process begins. After your file is in the SkyDrive service, you can copy, rename or delete the file as well as move it to a different folder on the service. You can set any file or folder on the service as "Shared" so others on the Windows Live network can access the it.

Storage Meter

Each SkyDrive account contains a storage meter that shows how much storage space you have used. When your online storage space is full, you must delete files to gain space. The service lets you download files you no longer want on the system and store them on a removable medium --- floppy, Zip, CD/DVD or other medium.

Upload Warning

If you do receive an error stating the file you are uploading is exceeding the 50MB limit, use a compression program to reduce the file's size and upload the file again. If a compression program is not available, consider manually reducing the file's size by breaking the document into smaller sections and saving each file. You can reduce a photograph's size by using a graphic manipulation program to lower the number of pixels in the photograph.

File Naming Issue

If you receive an error stating that the folder or file name is too long, you have exceeded the 255-character folder or file name limit. Rename the folder directly on the SkyDrive system, or rename the file on your computer using 255 or fewer characters and then upload the folder or file. SkyDrive lets you organise files in top-level folders and subfolders. When structuring your SkyDrive folders, choose folder names that are meaningful and short, such as "Personal," "Private" and "Photos." Note: you can only create a folder on the SkyDrive system --- you can't upload a folder. You must create the new folder on SkyDrive, then upload files to the folder.

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