SugarSync Free Replacement

Created: March 5, 2013
Last Modified: July 29, 2014
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We need a replacement for SugarSync Free since SugarSync no longer offers a free service. SugarSync offered a cloud backup of your files in a better way than services like Google Drive and DropBox because it would automatically backup changes to your documents to the cloud and it would let you select which folders you wanted to have automatically backed up unlike Google Drive and DropBox.

SugarSync's free service was perfect for users that only need to backup 2GB to 5GB of documents or so. That would usually mean not backing up Pictures or Music. But there are other services for that such as Google+ Auto Backup (for photos (part of Picasa)) and Google Music Manager (for music).

After researching all of the free cloud backup alternatives for SugarSync I have compiled a list of the best alternatives that are free. I have put them in order of best to worst according to many of the reviews that are online. But I am leaving this open as a discussion because I would really like to know which free Cloud Drive Backup with automatic backup and folder selection is really the best service. I think we would all like to know. So please leave a comment about your experience with the below Cloud Drive services.

  1. SpiderOak

    Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out 5 stars)

    SpiderOak offers 2GB for free with automatic backup of changed files in any folder selected on your hard drive. Refer a friend for an extra 1GB per friend (up to 12GB total). (SpiderOak claims that you get the 2GB free "for life" and if you sign up through the link above SpiderOak claims you will get another 1GB free "for life".)

    Pros:

    Cons:

    • Speed:
      • One 71MB File: 40 seconds (15.78 mbps)
      • Folder with 71MB of 2,000 files: 4 minutes (2.37 mbps)
  2. iDrive

    Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out 5 stars)

    iDrive offers 5GB for free with automatic backup of changed files in any folder selected on your hard drive. Refer a friend for an extra 1GB per friend (up to 20GB total). (iDrive claims that the free 5GB account "never expires".)

    Pros:

    • Speed:
      • One 71MB file took 29 seconds: (18.93 mbps)
      • Folder with 71MB of 2,000 files: 1 minute 52 seconds (4.98 mbps)
    • File versioning: 30 most recent versions.
    • iOS Edition: Can backup Contacts, Calendar, Photos and Videos.
    • Adds Windows Explorer right click shortcut to folders and files

    Cons:

    • Backup Schedule: Does backup once a day or an hourly backup
  3. BitCasa

    Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out 5 stars)

    BitCasa offers 5GB for free with automatic backup of changed files in any folder selected on your hard drive. Refer a friend for an extra 1GB per friend (up to 20GB total). (Sign up with BitCasa using the above link and BitCasa says you will get another 1GB free)

    Pros:

    • Adds Windows Explorer right click shortcut to folders and files
    • iOS Edition: Backup your phone's photos and videos.

    Cons:

    • File Versioning: Only 30 days of history
    • Confusing right menu click options of "Copy to Bitcasa" or "Mirror to Bitcasa". I am assuming that you have to choose "Mirror to Bitcasa" on a folder to have changes continuously backed up.
    • Speed:
      • One 71MB file took 2 minutes: (4.73 mbps)
      • Folder with 71MB of 2,000 files: 13 minutes (0.73 mbps)
  4. Wuala

    Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out 5 stars)

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    As of 6/11/2014 Waula has shifted to a paid-only service.

    Wuala offers 5GB for free with automatic backup of changed files in any folder selected on your hard drive. Refer a friend for an extra 1GB per friend (up to 15GB total).

    Pros:

    • File Versioning: 10 most recent versions.
    • Backup Schedule: Continuous, Hourly, Daily or Weekly

    Cons:

    • Requires Java (Java download didn't work during installation for me)
    • Friend Referral code is difficult to use because your friend has to actually enter the code in a box during installation instead of just using a link in an email.
    • Speed: One 71MB file takes 2 minutes to upload (4.73 mbps). This is adequate but a folder with 71MB of 2,000 files takes 14 minutes (0.68 mbps). Therefore Wuala is almost unusable to backup 5GB worth of data because it will take 16 hours or longer to do the initial backup.
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