I need some help syncing my files.
September 24, 2012 7:05 AM Subscribe
I need an alternative to Google Drive that's going to work well with all my little snowflake snowflakes. And there are a bunch.
posted by kbanas to technology (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have 125GB of content in 163,323 files, 10,680 folders. My working environment involves three computers - 1 desktop, 2 laptops - all running Windows 7 x64.
In years gone by, I used FolderShare to keep all this content in lock-step across devices.
Then this turned into Windows LiveMesh or whatever, and I used this too - except now it seems like Microsoft is about to drop the hammer on this and integrate it with SkyDrive somehow.
So, when I got my newest laptop I figured it was time to find another solution. As I'm already tied heavily into Google, I figured Google Drive might work well.
I purchased additional storage for Google Drive and downloaded the PC client and went to work. It took three or four days, but my desktop finally managed to shove all my content up into Drive.
Then I unboxed my new laptop, installed the Drive client, and let it start sucking the data back down, and that's when I hit a brick wall.
Google Drive started crashing. A lot. The first day, I managed to get about 10GB of data, and it crashed 17 times. I kept count. No error message... just, "Google Drive needs to quit."
Because I pay for support, I contacted Google, and I swear to God, they said, and I quote, "Sometimes this many files can cause a drain on local memory, depending on how much is available on your machine and the amount allocated by the application. We’re looking to better understand the root cause of this, but if you want to keep syncing, the error will eventually go away as the number of files left to sync decreases."
Oh. Well, thanks! That's super helpful.
I thought maybe it was the laptop, so I installed the Google Drive client on some other machines and had them try to suck the data down. Crash, crash, crash, crash.
I've been wrangling with Drive now for a week and I've encountered a myriad of other issues and I'm sick of it and we're now parting ways. I could write another 6 paragraphs about the things I've tried and the ways they have NOT WORKED. What a ridiculous experience. I can't even copy the data from my desktop straight to my laptop and "cut out the middle man" - because Drive would see that as new, different content and DUPLICATE my entire fileset. Or would try, and then crash.
So Google Drive is dead to me.
What are my other good options? Box? Dropbox? Skydrive? I looked into these a little bit, but they all seemed more expensive than Google Drive, and in the fine print you would read things like, "Maximum single file size is 100MB!" which made me laugh and cry. I'm looking for FIRST HAND experience with using one or more of these programs with 100GB+ and/or 150,000+ files. Works well? Does not crash every 30 seconds?
I need to be able to keep my content in sync, and I'd also really like to be able to manage permissions to share some of it via ze cloud with various collaborators.
I also don't want to setup my own solution. I'm sure I could do something with a VPN and rsync or something, but I don't want to. I want something I don't have to think about. I need help.