Amazon S3 is the original cloud storage service. But it is one that is primarily driven by an API. There is a spartan web interface, but other than that the only way to get data in and out of it is via the API. ExpanDrive is the only tool that designed to be super-easy to use while also being powerful enough for developers and administrators. It turns Amazon S3 into a fast network drive in the cloud on Mac or Windows. Given it a try!
Map or Mount S3 as a Network Drive with ExpanDrive
ExpanDrive supports the Amazon S3 API and lets you map an S3 Bucket as a drive letter on Windows or as a Network Drive on the Mac. It’s like connecting a USB drive with infinite storage and a truly incredible amount of durability and reliability.
Now you can browse Amazon S3 from within the Mac Finder or Windows Explorer. You can even save to S3 directly from applications like Photoshop or Microsoft Office. ExpanDrive turns S3 into an infinite sized external online hard drive.
Here is a video to help get a better idea of what ExpanDrive does and how it works.
Creating a virtual online harddrive with Amazon S3
Amazon provides a simple guide to get started. You’ll need an AWS account as well as a bucket. From there, you’ll want to get your API keys to authenticate with ExpanDrive. My good friend Stefan at Haystack Software has a nice guide on how to get the keys. You can also use an IAM user with ExpanDrive.
Click Save or Connect and you’re good to go. Amazon S3 will now be visible as a network drive whenever you login to your computer. Drag and drop files to copy them out to the cloud. Or stream movies and media directly from S3 without needing to first download or sync them. For more information, check our documentation page on connecting ExpanDrive to S3.