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    alternative to dropbox

    My Dropbox subscription is up for renewal in a couple of weeks. I am thinking of changing to another service. Any recommendations? I have tons (GB's of files that I need to back up in a safe place. I currently use Crashplan and Google Drive as well. I'm looking for a low cost alternative if there is such a thing. All suggestions welcome. Cloud or no cloud. I know I can back up to HD but HD's fail eventually.
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    Re: alternative to dropbox

    Quote Originally Posted by rmcellig View Post
    My Dropbox subscription is up for renewal in a couple of weeks. I am thinking of changing to another service. Any recommendations? I have tons (GB's of files that I need to back up in a safe place. I currently use Crashplan and Google Drive as well. I'm looking for a low cost alternative if there is such a thing. All suggestions welcome. Cloud or no cloud. I know I can back up to HD but HD's fail eventually.
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    Re: alternative to dropbox

    I only use free services, but sugar sync is pretty good, and easily accessible from Android (and presumably iPhone) phones / tablets as well.

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    Re: alternative to dropbox

    I don't think they have a Linux syncing app, but Microsoft Skydrive is pretty nice. They give you 7GB free. The have Windows, Android, and iOS apps, but I don't think they have a Linux app.

    Edit: Here are some older instructions to mount a Skydrive in Ubuntu.
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    Re: alternative to dropbox

    There's also Cloudme http://www.cloudme.com
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    Or you could get an external harddrive. What's the chance of both your internal and external drive dying at the same time? the gb to $ ratio is better for local storage
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    Re: alternative to dropbox

    Quote Originally Posted by rmcellig View Post
    My Dropbox subscription is up for renewal in a couple of weeks. I am thinking of changing to another service. Any recommendations? I have tons (GB's of files that I need to back up in a safe place. I currently use Crashplan and Google Drive as well. I'm looking for a low cost alternative if there is such a thing. All suggestions welcome. Cloud or no cloud. I know I can back up to HD but HD's fail eventually.
    Crashplan Unlimited is cheap ($4-$6/month depending on contract length). Why not use that for backup and Google Drive, Ubuntu One (free) or Dropbox (free) for file syncing?

    If it were me, I'd also be backing up to a local USB drive (belt and suspenders FTW). The nice thing about CrashPlan is you can use it to backup locally as well as offsite.

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    Re: alternative to dropbox

    Quote Originally Posted by mamamia88 View Post
    Or you could get an external harddrive. What's the chance of both your internal and external drive dying at the same time? the gb to $ ratio is better for local storage
    I was going to say this. Plus it's easier and faster to transfer your files over USB instead of the internet.

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    Re: alternative to dropbox

    Look into setting up your own OwnCloud either locally or on Amazon so it is accessible over the internet while away from home?!
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