Cloud Recommendations

rrstd

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I am looking for recommendations on which cloud service might best fit my requirements.

What I am looking to do is store most of my files on the cloud, while also storing and keeping them in sync locally on my Macbook Pro. This includes photo's, MS Office Documents (word, excell, powerpoint) and pdf's.

At the same time, I would also like to be able to easily access/modify these files and create new files on my other devices (New Macbook, Windows laptop and iOS devices) and save back to the cloud. Storing and syncing only a minimal number of files with these machines/devices.
 

maflynn

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Microsoft's OneDrive will do this, as well as DropBox.

I Prefer OneDrive since I get gobs of storage with my Office 365 subscription.
 

LxHunter

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As Mike said
And if you don't have Office 365 subscription maybe also look at MediaFire $25 for 1TB
 

maflynn

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Dropbox is free and very easy to use on all devices include Windows. :apple:
It is, and probably the most robust, but the free allotment is so small (one of the smallest amongst the cloud providers), that you will have pay to increase it, or do those free tasks that come up to increase your allotment.
 

Badrottie

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It is, and probably the most robust, but the free allotment is so small (one of the smallest amongst the cloud providers), that you will have pay to increase it, or do those free tasks that come up to increase your allotment.
Yes you are right but I am not looking to increase storage size because I don't have a lot of documents, pictures, and other stuff.
Right now I have:
Box with 50GB storage (for pictures and screen capture)
OneDrive - 30GB (for Office documents)
Google Drive - 15GB (nothing)
DropBox - 2.75GB (I used this all the times - 450MB used)(pictures)
iCloud - 20GB (iWork, pictures, and backup)
 

maflynn

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Yes you are right but I am not looking to increase storage size because I don't have a lot of documents, pictures, and other stuff.
Understood, my needs are probably close to yours, but I use OneDrive for most of my cloud needs. The OP's needs may need more space, so I was only pointing out DropBox has the least amount of free space, though you can build that up a little bit with their promotional offerings.
 

PicnicTutorials

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I am looking for recommendations on which cloud service might best fit my requirements.

What I am looking to do is store most of my files on the cloud, while also storing and keeping them in sync locally on my Macbook Pro. This includes photo's, MS Office Documents (word, excell, powerpoint) and pdf's.

At the same time, I would also like to be able to easily access/modify these files and create new files on my other devices (New Macbook, Windows laptop and iOS devices) and save back to the cloud. Storing and syncing only a minimal number of files with these machines/devices.
SugarSync was the best in my opinion. Then they scratched the free version. So I went looking. Now Cubby is the best. Reason those two are the best is you don't have this stupid folder you have to move everything into. Simply point Cubby to the folder you want synced. Therefore you don't have to rethink your accustomed file system just to use cloud service.
 

rrstd

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The amount of storage space I need for my crititcal files is relatively modest:

Photos: 15GB
PDF Files: 11 GB
Other Misc: 1 GB
Office Docs: Less than .5 MB

My primary laptop is only using about 150GB of it's 256GB SSD.

After reading the above responses, the $99/yr for office 360 and 1TB of OneDrive may be my best option. 1TB is certainly more than I will need, but I will also be requiring a few new office installations anyways (for a secondary laptop and a couple of family members).
 

rctlr

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The amount of storage space I need for my crititcal files is relatively modest:

Photos: 15GB
PDF Files: 11 GB
Other Misc: 1 GB
Office Docs: Less than .5 MB

My primary laptop is only using about 150GB of it's 256GB SSD.

After reading the above responses, the $99/yr for office 360 and 1TB of OneDrive may be my best option. 1TB is certainly more than I will need, but I will also be requiring a few new office installations anyways (for a secondary laptop and a couple of family members).
There's nothing that will give you 30gb free straight off the bat.

One Drive will give you 15gb if you sign up and install the app. Referrals give you a drop more.
Google Drive 15gb too.
Box is 10gb
Dropbox is 2gb (although I've managed to stretch mine to 24gb with referrals and app use).
 

rctlr

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There's nothing that will give you 30gb free straight off the bat.

One Drive will give you 15gb if you sign up and install the app. Referrals give you a drop more.
Google Drive 15gb too.
Box is 10gb
Dropbox is 2gb (although I've managed to stretch mine to 24gb with referrals and app use).
Huh,
I stand corrected - I've just created a new One Drive Account. 15gb to start - an additional 15gb when I installed the app on my iPhone and enabled camera uploading - That makes 30gb.
 
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Petry

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Huh,
I stand corrected - I've just created a new One Drive Account. 15gb to start - an additional 15gb when I installed the app on my iPhone and enabled camera uploading - That makes 30gb.
WATCH OUT FOR THE IOS CAMERA BACKUP BUG!
Basically it just skips some of your photos and does not return an error message.

We've been complaining for months on an important bug and Microsoft, despite acknowledging the bug, just released a interface update? That's just disrespectful.
Link for the bug report: http://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/262982-onedrive/suggestions/8072763-reliable-ios-camera-backup
 

rctlr

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Yes, I just enabled it to get the extra 15gb, then disabled it again so it does not upload my photos.
Just wanted the space.
 

jc1350

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I use onedrive for this. I have MS Office on my Mac, but even if I didn't, the web versions built in to OneDrive are sufficient for my needs. I have 130 GB free: The base 15 GB, 15 GB for enabling (and disabling) iOS photo backup, and 100 GB from a give-away when OneDrive was rebranded. The 100 GB expires in 2017 sometime, but I also use Bing Rewards and can get free space through that.
 

Petry

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Jul 1, 2014
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I use onedrive for this. I have MS Office on my Mac, but even if I didn't, the web versions built in to OneDrive are sufficient for my needs. I have 130 GB free: The base 15 GB, 15 GB for enabling (and disabling) iOS photo backup, and 100 GB from a give-away when OneDrive was rebranded. The 100 GB expires in 2017 sometime, but I also use Bing Rewards and can get free space through that.
I suggest you read this thread, in Microsoft's help forum: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...e-photos/a52ebdd4-2bbd-4d72-a8e6-fec8a2021d44

There a Microsoft employee basically admits that OneDrive does not make 1:1 backups, that it's designed to compress the users photos.

And, of course, there's the issue of photos being skipped in the IOS app without any errors being presented to the user. That also has been confirmed by a Microsoft employee here: http://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/262982-onedrive/suggestions/7125972-ios-camera-roll-backup-bug

I suggest writing directly to the developers complaining about this issues.
onedrive@microsoft.com,
Angus.Logan@microsoft.com,
douglasprc@gmail.com,
douglasprc@yahoo.com,
oshahine@gmail.com,
reuben.krippner@microsoft.com

 

jc1350

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I suggest you read this thread, in Microsoft's help forum: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...e-photos/a52ebdd4-2bbd-4d72-a8e6-fec8a2021d44

There a Microsoft employee basically admits that OneDrive does not make 1:1 backups, that it's designed to compress the users photos.

And, of course, there's the issue of photos being skipped in the IOS app without any errors being presented to the user. That also has been confirmed by a Microsoft employee here: http://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/262982-onedrive/suggestions/7125972-ios-camera-roll-backup-bug

I suggest writing directly to the developers complaining about this issues.
onedrive@microsoft.com,
Angus.Logan@microsoft.com,
douglasprc@gmail.com,
douglasprc@yahoo.com,
oshahine@gmail.com,
reuben.krippner@microsoft.com
Thanks for the info, but I don't use OneDrive to back up my photos. I only enabled it temporarily to enable the 15 GB quota increase. Plus I don't use the phone's camera for anything other than throw-away snapshots.
 

ricosuave

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I suggest you read this thread, in Microsoft's help forum: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...e-photos/a52ebdd4-2bbd-4d72-a8e6-fec8a2021d44

There a Microsoft employee basically admits that OneDrive does not make 1:1 backups, that it's designed to compress the users photos.

And, of course, there's the issue of photos being skipped in the IOS app without any errors being presented to the user. That also has been confirmed by a Microsoft employee here: http://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/262982-onedrive/suggestions/7125972-ios-camera-roll-backup-bug

I suggest writing directly to the developers complaining about this issues.
onedrive@microsoft.com,
Angus.Logan@microsoft.com,
douglasprc@gmail.com,
douglasprc@yahoo.com,
oshahine@gmail.com,
reuben.krippner@microsoft.com

I just tested a download from the OneDrive website and the pictures are identical in size and resolution.
 
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