I was fiddling with various ways to store files in salesforce. Files, Attachment, Document,chatter and Content Distribution and many more. I believe all of these consume the FileStorage of salesforce. Am confused about when to use what. I googled through salesforce docs and coudnt't find specific use cases when to use which mechanism. Can someone throw some light about these File Storage options

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    refer this link help.salesforce.com/…, is that not good enough? – Santanu Boral Nov 9 '16 at 3:55
  • I already went through that. Was thinking from Programmer point of view, which one should be preferred over other when one has a choice. – Pranay Jaiswal Nov 9 '16 at 6:03

Very Good Question, I'll share my umderstanding ->Files: Upload a file and store it privately until you're ready to share it. Share the file with coworkers and groups to collaborate and get feedback. Attach files to posts in a Chatter feed on the Home tab, Chatter tab, a profile, a record, or a group. Users with access to Salesforce Files Sync can access, sync, and share files in their Salesforce Files Sync folder.

->Content: Create, clone, or modify a sales presentation and save it so only you can see it and work on it. When you're ready, publish it so other users in your company have access to it. Create a content pack and send it to customers.

->Documents: Add a custom logo to meeting requests by uploading your logo to the Documents tab. When you are using just about any 3rd party app in SalesForce, their logos and other graphics have to be in a Documents folder for SF to recoginize them. Documents folders are just URLs whereas to display Content SF delivers it differently.

->Attachment: Add a file to a specific record, like an event, marketing campaign, contact, or case by attaching it on the Attachments related list.

Reference: https://help.salesforce.com/articleView?id=collab_files_differences.htm&language=en_US&type=0

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