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  • 3.0 stars

    "Fast and easy, but limited"

    March 1, 2010  |   By giessen

    Pros

    A very easy and relatively fast (SkyDrive upload ~140 MB/hour = 40 kB/s) way to access online storage like SkyDrive, Box.net, Google Docs and any other WebDAV or FTP server. Automatically updates the storage to match changes made on the computer.

    Cons

    The free version has some serious limitations, notably that it doesn't take more than 1000 files/folders into account for any given backup/sync job. It doesn't connect to SkyDrive directly but to some obscure server -- I don't know what to think.

    Summary

    I'm not sure yet whether I will keep Gladinet. I like the speed (not astronomical, but faster than other methods I know). In combination with Areca Backup, I can keep good encrypted backups of confidential files. But the 1000-file-per-assignment and 9-directory-levels limitations may turn out to be prohibitive for a really easy, streamlined process.

    Recently, a number of new products have emerged in relation to SkyDrive. SDExplorer is a bit slower around 45 MB/hour (13 kB/s), but perhaps SkyDrive Synchronizer (a command line utility) has more potential, once it gets developed further. See http://skydrivesync.codeplex.com/

    Many standard WebDAV sync/backup clients like BitKinex are unable to authenticate with SkyDrive's Passport 1.4 protocol, so they are of no use. We'll have to look out for further developments and hope that SkyDrive will publish a WebDAV API and improve upload and download speeds.

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