Am I Moving My Stuff From Dropbox to Google Drive Cause It’s Dirt Cheap Now And I’m Tight?

No, no, I’m not.

But it doesn’t mean I didn’t think about it….

I’ve been in IT now, for over 15 years.  I’ve not only seen the evolution of technology, I’ve lived / living through it, and of course, I’ve helped / helping make it happen, change is part of the job description.  So, it may come as a surprise to you to find out that I’m one of those techs, that absolutely hate change.

Wait, wait, that came out wrong, I don’t hate change, I hate changing, and really, technology at it’s core, is about “changing”.  Now I don’t want to get all philisophical and stuff, but I am going somewhere with this.

When Google announced that it’s 1TB Google Drive service is dropping it’s price to $120 a year my ears pricked up.

Seriously WTF, I’m paying the same amount for my Dropbox account and that’s only 100GB, of which, I’ve used about 90%, of which, represents only 30% of the stuff I’d really really really want to store online.

So, a change is surely in the wind, right?  It’s a non brainer!  Same price, 10x more space, “you want my credit card details where?”

Now let’s get back to change, sorry, changing.  I hate it, I loathe it, I dislike it immensely.  But the change from Dropbox to Google Drive is pretty straight forward right?  I mean, sign up for Google, upload my GBs and wait a (long) while till it’s done.  It’s not rocket science, is it?

No, no it’s not, but like all things that seem too good to be true, the devil is in the details, and in Google Drive’s case, there were 2.

Lan Sync and Delta Sync.

Dropbox has both of these, Google Drive doesn’t, and for me, it was the deal breaker.

Lan Sync is the process that allows Dropbox to sync with other computers on the same network that also have Dropbox installed with the same account.  What this means is that if I have 90GB in my Dropbox account which is currently on my computer, and I decide to buy a Mac and set Dropbox on it also, the software is smart enough to get the files from the PC on the network INSTEAD of having to download 90GB from my Dropbox website.  This not only saves time, but it saves a big chunk of your internet monthly allocation.  For the record, I have 4 computers installed with Dropbox on the same network and ONLY have 100GB a month to play with.  Going to Google Drive was going to be a 4 month process by the looks of thing, #stupid.

Delta Sync is the process that syncs only a file’s changes, and NOT the entire file.  So, if you have a 100MB document open, and make a simple change, like adding a full stop, Delta sync will only upload that change (which, size wise, could be less than 1kb).  If you don’t have delta sync, which Google Drive doesn’t, then you would have to upload the entire 100MB file again!  All for the sake of adding a full stop.  Now I don’t know about the rest of the world, but internet speeds in Australia are pretty good for downloading, but totally suck for uploading!  100MB might not sound like much, but if you have a lot of those files, or if you save it constantly, it’s gonna cause you grief.  Your uploads will clog your connection, wasting your time and if your ISP plan counts uploads as part of your monthly  downloads (like it does on mine), its gonna cost you more bandwidth too!

So in the end, I stuck well to my mantra “i hate change”.

Though, if you have 1 computer, a truckload of data you want to protect by placing a copy in the cloud (i use the word protect very loosely) you’d be hard pressed to find another service that’s close to Google Drive.  From a cost, compatibility, and 3rd party support point of view.

But for me, Viva La Dropbox!

dex [at] smallbusinessitshow [dot] com


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  • Salman Abbas

    Same reason for me.. in Pakistan upstream bandwidth is crazy expensive and metered. I can’t fathom why Google doesn’t bother implementing such a crucial feature. :(

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