Dropbox replacement suggestions?
AkioOhtori last edited by AkioOhtori
Before I launch into a rant my actual request is:
Looking for a backup/sync solution for ~2TB of files. I require local copies of files, automatic phone camera backup/upload, and a good web and mobile client would be nice too. I mostly use it to sync photos and files between local computers and my phone, but occasionally make sure of the file sharing features as well. Good security would be a huge plus.
Google products and OneDrive are both off the table. Sorry for the confusion there.
Alright... rant time!
I've been a loyal Dropbox user for years, but it seems like with every update they screw the pooch just a little more. My favorite thing is when scrolling through photos on the website, if you click one (A) it takes ages to load and (B) when you click away you're back at the top of the photos list. I have something like 40,000 photos spanning 15 years... this is bad. When I filed a ticket with Dropbox they insisted it was working as intended.
Anyway, the latest gripe has been their move to "smart sync" files. This has been a feature for a while and isn't something I'm interested in. Until recently, disabling it wasn't a problem, but apparently they snuck in a new update where now you have to select folders to be locally synced via context menu, rather than the settings menu. This left me in a cabin with little internet none of my files actually on my new laptop because I, incorrectly, assumed Dropbox still worked the way I thought it did.
Of course, it isn't just one thing. The terrible web photo UI, the constant HAVE YOU TRIED DROPBOX BUSINESS ads when I'm already paying for their personal plan and am not, last I checked, a business, the constant, fevered pestering to try whatever new feature they're pimping this month but will ultimately abandon, the way starting the desktop app brings anything but my most stout computer to a crawl, the random sync errors, the way it will crash my home network if I sync over about 10gigs at once, the way they make it very difficult to save files to a phone, the complete lack of automatic file sync (download) on phones... I could go on.
It is like they hired a bunch of developers and decided that rather than work on and/or improve their core product, they were going to do other stuff. Cloud collaboration platform! Google does it better guys, sorry. Password manager! Uhh... little late to that party yeah? Why not just make your core product better? NO! WE NEED NEW, UNRELATED FEATURES! But... that isn't why I'm using you? THAT IS OK IT WILL DRIVE CONVERSION MARKETING SAYS!
Oh and remember how the upped everyone data cap from 1TB to 2TB! That was exciting... until your policy renewed and they'd also upped the price. Hooray for features we didn't request but have to pay for anyway!
I will say they've been better lately. My web homepage isn't all ads for dropbox business anymore and the homepage of the app only has one ad for a service that I might actually be interested in. Additionally their core functionality still works pretty well! It hasn't changed significantly, but for someone who just wants it to work, that is OK.
Anyway... with the latest smart sync bullshit I need to search for something different. My account renews within the next month, so the sooner the better I'd say. Does oppo have suggestions?
Picture for your time.
HammerheadFistpunch last edited by
davesaddiction last edited by davesaddiction
I still use Dropbox for pretty much all my documents, other files, and random photos, but use Google Photos for backing up photos and videos from my phone, and Flickr (which has been purchased by SmugMug, another image hosting site) for sharing and backing up photos from my "real" camera (and my older photo catalogs off my computer).
I'm an Mac/iPhone guy (at home), but have never really used Apple's services, favoring the above mentioned ones.
facw last edited by
I use OneDrive, and am mostly happy with it. I only have a 1TB cap though. Still Office365 (which includes that 1TB OneDrive) is an excellent deal if you have enough family/friends to share it with (you can share one subscription with up to five people, each of whom gets their own space, unlike Google One, which shares the storage quota).
Also, it may not fit your needs, but note that if you have Prime, Amazon Photos allows unlimited photo storage (even for high-res photos).
ClassicDatsunDebate last edited by
@akioohtori I use the google suite of apps...photos for the auto upload, drive for docs and archives. Drive has a local sync option if you want it.
I also have Dropbox but only for corporate stuff.
aremmes last edited by
Take a look at Syncthing. It's a peer-to-peer data replication tool available for most platforms, and there are mobile clients as well. I use it at work to replicate data between data centers.
jminer last edited by
@AkioOhtori I use OneDrive for this use case. Local files, photo upload sync and sharing when needed. I use the 1TB with the family Office 365 subscription at $100 a year. I use two accounts though, one for my phone uploads and personal docs and a second one for other files and backups that I don’t need to access regularly but still want a cloud backup of, things like old work files and such.
You can do a larger storage single account too though, I do the family as it gives us office and 1TB of storage for my wife too.
CarsOfFortLangley last edited by
I'm a heavy google drive user. Would recommend
AestheticsInMotion last edited by
I've been very happy with Google drive. I'm pretty well embedded in the ecosystem for what it's worth
RallyDarkstrike last edited by
Google Drive is my recommendation. The Google One plan for Drive for 2TB+ of data is around $134 CAD a year.
MUSASHI66 last edited by
I used to love Google Drive until they changed desktop backup program, and the new one causes issues with the right click context menu disappearing. Then, they separated google photos and google drive which was the dumbest thing ever - I wanted my cell phone photos to be backed up to my desktop automatically so I could used them. Also, the Google Photos app on Iphone will flat out not backup the photos unless you open the app to start it, even though every background process option is allowed.
I also tried OneDrive - same issue as Google Photos on iPhone, it won't back up the files unless I open the app.
I finally broke down and bought iCloud. Convenience is hard to ignore.
DipodomysDeserti last edited by
@akioohtori I haven't found anything that works better. I had been using Google Drive, as I write all my lessons in Drive, but Google just deleted all of my graduate school lecture slides from my Drive, so fuck them. Thankfully I had them backed up, as I paid good money to have access to them. Tuition ain't cheap, Google!
flatisflat last edited by
I've only used Evernote (the free version) in the past that feels somewhat inline with what you're after. Their paid versions may be all the more applicable to your needs. And while my usage was veeery minimal, I never found any faults with it.
Chariotoflove last edited by
I have been using Dropbox myself without problem. I navigate it entirely through a Finder window on my desktop.
My other option is iCloud, which may or may not be an option for you. I just upped my space to 50 GB for $1/month.
WhoIsTheLeader last edited by WhoIsTheLeader
Clearly taking cues from Herbfeller after his successful Kinja implosion. I've got nothing. OneDrive is pretty good for what you're looking for but you said you don't like it.
liam last edited by
We use iCloud and Synology's Cloud Station Drive. Both are adequate.
TexturedSoyProtein last edited by
I'm on Google Drive but some others to look into are pCloud, Sync, Box, Zoho & SugarSync.