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Dropbox

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If you're not already using Dropbox, we have to ask: What are you waiting for? This popular service lets you easily sync files between computers, share with them others, and create backups. Best of all, it integrates so seamlessly with Windows -- and other platforms -- that you're barely even aware that you're using it. This program is a must-have for anyone who needs to make their files readily available to multiple users or computers.

Once installed, Dropbox appears as an icon in the system tray. It doesn't have an interface, exactly; it turns up as a folder in My Documents, and it functions just as any other folder would. The magical thing about this folder, however, is that its contents are stored both locally and in the cloud. Any files or folders that you place inside the Dropbox folder can be easily shared: simply right-click, select Dropbox from the context menu, then select Share Link. This will open your default browser and provide you with the opportunity to share the selected file or folder via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter, or to simply copy its Dropbox URL. The folder contents will also be automatically synced, so anyone who has access to a folder will immediately have the most up-to-date files. You can forget about using USB drives or e-mailing documents to yourself; Dropbox lets you keep everything you need in My Documents on multiple computers, or simply log into the Web interface if you're not on a machine that has Dropbox installed. Dropbox requires users to create an account; the service provides users with 2 GB of space for free, but paid upgrades are available if you need more. A thorough online Help center, as well as brief text instructions within the Dropbox folder, provide plenty of well-written documentation.

Dropbox is incredibly easy to use and will change the way you store and share files. We highly recommend it.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works very well for me"

    April 5, 2014  |   By 4Denise

    Version: Dropbox 2.6.27

    Pros

    Allows me to sync my school files between my computers with almost no work.

    Cons

    None that I have detected.

    Summary

    I am in school online. I usually work on my desktop computer, but I also have a laptop that I use. Instead of transferring the files by usb drive, I simply work within the dropbox folder. If I have a thunderstorm, for example, and need to unplug my computer equipment, the work will be waiting for me on my laptop. I can continue as before. Perfect!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No Windows Phone app, beware of 1 year upgrades."

    April 3, 2014  |   By JPA32

    Version: Dropbox 2.6.27

    Pros

    I have used Dropbox for several year. Works great and it kept over 100gb of files sync'd up across ipads, android phones and PCs.

    Cons

    No Windows Phone app. (I ended up using Microsoft SkyDrive instead, which offers more supported platforms.)

    When downgrading my DropBox account (didn't need all that storage anymore)I learned that they don't credit you for any unused months. (I can see bumping the charges to the monthly rate for months used.) This has turned my from a big fan to a very annoyed ex-customer.

    Summary

    Does what is it supposed to o on supported platforms. Be careful before signing up for annual service.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Syncing inconsistent, slow, delayed, unreliable"

    March 22, 2014  |   By CmoniqueNET

    Version: Dropbox 2.6.25

    Pros

    Does everything the other reviewers have praised, but... see the cons

    Cons

    If Dropbox won't sick. It is essentially useless especially for shared files/folders and working remotely from different locations. I have work to do and am stuck.

    No support that helps me. My impression is support is available for basic problems but nonexistent and unresponsive to immediate requests for help that are beyond the user's ability to troubleshoot. Isn't that when it is most important to have help?

    Summary

    No syncing or delayed, unreliable and inconsistent syncing and to make it worse, customer support is delayed and on the company's schedule as opposed to when the customer needs it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "https://*****/h72NuzPT"

    March 21, 2014  |   By MajklMajkl

    Version: Dropbox 2.6.25

    Pros

    The best cloud storage
    Opportunity to get free after registration on https://*****/h72NuzPT and 25GB of Dropbox cloud storage for free and for life!!

    Cons

    nothing :-)

    Summary

    After registration you will get to https://*****/h72NuzPT 1Gb extra!! :-)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very satisfied"

    March 20, 2014  |   By Windows78

    Version: Dropbox 2.6.25

    Pros

    -Easy to use
    -Great service
    -2GB of space is enoguh for my needs

    Cons

    -I have no complaints on this service.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Big Caution about Dropbox and other services."

    March 17, 2014  |   By bmaxx226

    Version: Dropbox 2.6.18

    Pros

    I was an early adapter to Dropbox. The system worked great and they kept increasing my free capacity so I started using the system for more things including long term storage of infrequently used items - pictures, music and all machines were aligned... I liked universal accessibility But there is a dark side.

    Cons

    I had a hard disk slowly fail and rather than "simply not seeing the drive", it somehow assumed those items had been deleted. On the free Dropbox those items are only recoverable for 30 days. Unfortunately I made the discovery too late and lost a substantial amount of material. Worse there was no notice on the other machines that entire folders had been emptied of contents.

    Summary

    Don't use Dropbox or any cloud storage system without have a real, stable back-up

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Still the same"

    December 18, 2013  |   By Lesslog

    Version: Dropbox 2.4.10

    Pros

    It's good for keeping files in one place.

    Cons

    No differences with updates.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Frustrating time consuming and impossible to manage"

    December 4, 2013  |   By wgobbels

    Version: Dropbox 2.4.7

    Pros

    Easy to download and install but that's where the issues just begin

    Cons

    impossible to synch, shared folders don't share, hard to manipulate files between folders

    Summary

    If you want to spend half a day getting no where by all means go ahead. Never have I had such a hard time. Even deleting my account has taken hours of emails and help forums and getting no where. Biggest waste of time I ever spent. Read other bugs and issues and you will see just how much trouble this is.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great, it's an improvement from the earlier one."

    November 4, 2013  |   By Felipe1956

    Version: Dropbox 2.4.3

    Pros

    More space to store all of your pictures...

    Cons

    None so far, will let you know with time.

    Summary

    Just keeps on getting better and better, soon they'll be no room for improvement..

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's still dropbox"

    October 18, 2013  |   By jandsm5321

    Version: Dropbox 2.2.13

    Pros

    Great for syncing files between computers.
    Free!

    Cons

    Be wary of version conflicts, those happen if you change a file on one computer then change it on another before it has the chance to download the updated file from the first computer.
    Small space, but we only use a little bit of ours.

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