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I am really completely lost as to how I would go about this so any advice as to what direction I can go in would be extremely helpful.
Thank you so much
Yeah...if this doesnt work out I know I can buy an external hard drive. It's just that I don't really want to deal with the hassle of carrying it around.
Also, I'm trying to do this at no or as little cost as possible. I don't really want to pay a monthly fee. It's not worth it.
You could also check with your school's IT department. The university where I work provides a certain amount of online storage to each student and employee who wants it, although not many people take advantage of the offer. Again, even if your school does provide space, I have no idea if it would be enough for your needs.
However, I was looking for storage space on a much larger scale.
I think I want like a WAN or use a VPN or something of the sort. I am just not knowledgeable enough on the subject to do it.
Anyone know of any good websites where I might be able to read about this?
If you're not afraid of the learning curve you could take a look at OpenVPN, or other VPN technologies out there.
GoToMyPC would do what you want to a certain degree, but it would probably be overkill in your situation (not to mention the expense).
You could use a VPN. A VPN creates an encrypted "tunnel" between local networks. You would then use Windows Networking over the VPN. VPNs come in software and hardware flavors. In fact, there is VPN software included with Windows. IMO, it is difficult to understand and configure. And it's from Microsoft, with all the security concerns that go with that. :( Hardware tends to be on the expensive side ($500 or so for a Netscreen box, though VPNs are creeping into lower-priced routers.)
You could install an SSH server on the machine that you will be using to store files. SSH servers provide a remote command prompt, as well as file transfer using "SFTP", over an encrypted connection. Many FTP clients include SFTP support, and you could use one on your other machine to access the remote files. There are some FTP clients that also support SFTP that integrate into the Windows file system, so that you could access your files just as you would with Windows networking, including the ability to mount the remote file system as a local drive letter.