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As we reported, everyone who purchases an HP TouchPad will get a free lifetime upgrade of 50GB of storage at box.net, as soon as you download and log in to the Box.net app. This represents a $19.99/month value, or almost $240 per year of free storage. Unfortunately, one of the first things that we discovered is that there was no desktop sync solution included, something that comes with the free Dropbox or ZumoDrive accounts. If you wanted that desktop sync app, you would have to upgrade to a $15/month Business account.

However, PreCentral reader Joe Sacher discovered that there was a way to map your Box.net account as a network drive right in Microsoft Windows File Explorer. [As these directions are for Windows, please leave a comment if you know how to run this for other Operating Systems and we will update the tip] Before you get started, it was suggested to install this Windows Software Update for Web Folders (KB907306) first. I am not sure if this is necessary, but if the steps below to do not work, run this update and try again. Continue after the break to get all the details

  • From your Desktop, right-click on My Computer and select Map Network Drive, or from within Windows Explorer, choose Tools and then Map Network Drive (these options may differ from Windows XP or Windows 7)
  • Choose any open drive available to you
  • For "Folder", type in: https://www.box.net/dav/
    • If this does not work, you can try http://www.box.net/dav/
    • I had to change the "https" to "http" for it to connect.
  • If you want the drive to reconnect whenever you reboot your machine, make sure you select "Reconnect at logon"
  • Choose the option to "Connect using a Different user name", and put in your box.net username (email address) and password when prompted.
  • Select Finish to complete the mapping.

Once complete, you will be able to browse your box.net drive, move/copy files to or from the drive and manage your data. Using this combined with the box.net app or Gemini File Manager and you can very easily move files between your TouchPad or webOS Phone and your computer without having to physically connect them using USB mode.

Thanks to Joe Sacher for the tip

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