Dropbox Replacement Updates
AkioOhtori last edited by
A while back I posted that after years of declining service and usability I was ready to kick Dropbox to the curb. For once actually following through with that threat I did some research and reached some conclusions.
Everything in grey was disqualified for some reason or another, usually cost, (lack of) features, bad reviews, or not really being what I was looking for. The clear two camps here are self-host and paid hosting.
The self hosting forerunners are:
Syncthing - Good website, good transparency, well regarded Android app
NextCloud - Recommended by many, no red flags
OwnCloud - Ditto
Not sure I want to go down the self-hosted cloud solution for a variety of reasons, primary of which is I already have too many devices under my care and I'm not super jazzed about adding another.
"Cloud" Hosted Sync
Yes, I too hate the term "cloud". There is no cloud, it is just someone else's computer. But I digress. Of those evaluated, three stood out as being acceptable.
Google Drive - Not my first pick by any means, but a lot of people seem to like it. I would need to clarify the local copy options and make sure they don't automatically compress uploaded photos, which I think they do on some plans. Not off the table but very near the edge.
pCloud - Never heard of this one before but I like some of the things I hear. I am currently evaluating this one. The Android and Windows apps seem to work well and I like some of the local sync flexibility. That said, they offer a "lifetime" plan and you have to pay extra for client-side encryption. I just can't shake the feeling that they're a little shady, but otherwise this is the front runner.
Sync.com - Terrible name and good pricing. Probably deserves to be evaluated too as I believe they have a lot of the same privacy and encryption features that drew me to pCloud.
What to choose?
Right now it is between the three hosted options. I'm basically looking for a reason to say "no" to pCloud and will likely try out Sync.com this weekend. If somehow both of those annoy me I'll consider feeding the Google beast, but only as a last resort.
My Dropbox renews on February 8th, so I need to decide soon.
Oh and joy of joys I don't live in a 1st world country, apparently, and have a 1.5TB data cap on my internet. Going to have to either switch to AT&T or figure out how to straddle the upload over 2 months.
Just Jeepin' last edited by
"Lifetime" plans never are. I only pay for them when the eventual disconnect notice won't matter.
I've never had the problems you've experienced with Dropbox, but I also almost never use their website. Afraid I don't really have any other input than be wary of pCloud (but all I know about them is what you shared).
LooseonExit last edited by
@AkioOhtori Have you tried Amazon? The have a setup for Prime users with a free amount of unlimited photos and a pricing structure for other storage based on total size. There is also the much more corporate type AWS system.
4cyl last edited by
That data cap makes the self-hosted options more appealing. There shouldn't be any internet usage if the storage is on your local network.
You need to fully embrace your new lifestyle
Eric last edited by
At these prices, I feel like you could just repurpose something you already have as a host and use some redundant external drives. Like on my network I have a little computer that acts as my network host for docker containers (ex: pihole) and VMs. If I needed more storage space, I’d just chuck some storage space on that computer and be done with it. Sync that to some cheaper cold storage in AWS or Azure if you’re super worried about losing anything.
I dislike the term "The Cloud" too. All Your Stuff Is On Someone Else's Server Somewhere Sucker doesn't have a nice ring as an acronym though. I've used Dropbox in the past but just for transferring high resolution pictures to people when I was selling an aircraft on behalf of my flying club.