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  • 1.0 stars

    "The worst cloud storage so far"

    July 24, 2012  |   By PC50001

    Pros

    Cheap, and eventualy google will fix the google drive

    Cons

    Windows Explorer crashes and Google might erase your local files

    Summary

    I have an external hard drive connected to a router connected to Windows XP. I am looking for reliable backup solution to back up my family pictures and videos. So far I have tried:
    1. SugarSync - works, but the most expensive, they are not going to last with such high prices
    2. JustCloud (aka myPcBackup) - contrary to what they say it doesn't work with external hard drives and their support is very fast and very clueless
    3. SkyDrive - doesn't work with Windows XP
    4. Google Drive - by far the worst. It's not even the fact that Windows Explorer crashes all the time (if you don't believe me just GOOGLE: "Google drive crashes windows explorer" and count the hits). The worst thing about the Google drive is the way they sync with your hard drive. If the program detects that you added some files and changed the directory structure and the new folders are not on Google storage then they will sometimes DELETE your files on your hard drive and everything is in sync. Your new files are neither on the cloud nor on your hard drive. (Again Google: Google drive delete local file and count the hits). So if you want to use Google drive to back up your data, make sure you back up your data first in a safe location. You don't need a natural disaster to lose your files, you just need Google drive.

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  • Reply by jkirk1626 on August 3, 2012

    I largely agree with your review, but XP is an older OS. So it's reasonable to give any developer slack for shortcomings accommodating outdated platforms. Whatever your reasons for staying with tried true and solid XP, you'll find stalwarts insisting they'll never leave DOS, Windows 3.1 or IE6 yet complain when they have trouble finding content for their 3.5" floppies. Hold onto XP long enough and you'll look more and more like those examples. I know XP can be the !@# when you want no-frills stability in Windows. But if you're using it for advanced web and cloud features, your problems are not going to improve, esp if you're unwilling or unable to upgrade to Microsoft's IE 9 or IE 10.

    Still, I'll vouch for Google Drive having a mind of its own even on Windows 7 and Windows 8 Release Preview. Content I have uploaded to Drive has disappeared, had formats distorted to the point of unusability.

    Drive is handy for access. But "handy" is the limit. This is not the place for reliability.

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