If you are planning for a online storage which simply works and if you really wish to have peace of mind, Go for Dropbox.
For a very long time I have been a loyal free user for Dropbox. I used it very extensively between work and home to sync my currently working project related files. I currently have around 4 GB space in Dropbox and It was not enough to backup my large photo collection around 30 GB.
Yesterday I started the hunt for online drive with 100 GB space
- Google Drive – $4.99 / month
- Dropbox – $9.99 / month
- Amazon S3 direct upload – $12.50 / month
- SugarSync – $14.99 / month
Out of these options I strongly believed option 3 & 4 as not an option, since it is way too expensive. The sync tool provided by these are way too slow and not fast enough.
I took for granted that Google Drive as an ideal choice for the following reason,
- It is the cheapest of all the available storage options
- Done by super cool team so it must be really optimized (This is where I took Google for granted )
I bought the package, and I installed the Google Drive on my home mac, my frustration started.
- It crashes often, it is not able to handle large collection of files, in my case I had around 28,000 images to be uploaded.
- Everytime it crashes, the sync goes nuts, It totally screws up and cannot sync a damm file and says completed sync locally but only 100 files were uploaded
- It does not allow you to select the folder which has files, it cannot cross compare and sync files
Verdict: Google these days are very much passionate about copying technologies which are very successful. They clearly prooving that they cannot handle any other product better other than their search. Even their current search is getting screwed up in the name of Social Media and personalization. It was a big mistake choosing Google drive over Dropbox.