I’m assuming you have heard of Dropbox? If not, it is a service that allows you to keep files synced between multiple computers. It is easy to share files in your Dropbox with other Dropbox users (or even with non users).
It is simple to use and has multiple integrations, making it easy to store files between a Mac and PCs (and even mobile devices). It is free, well up to 2 GB which sounds like a lot until you start filling it up. If you refer friends you can earn extra storage space.
I’ve recently started using a Dropbox alternative (although I still have/use my dropbox account). It is called Copy.com and the free account starts at 15 GB! Again, allows sharing with users (with a “fairer” policy), etc. If you refer friends, you get an extra 5 GB!
But what if you need (or want) more storage than either of these services offer? Of course you can upgrade to a paid account, but here is another interesting solution. It is called the Transporter Sync Private Cloud. It is a product you buy, plug in an external hard drive (not included), install some software and you now have your own private Dropbox like service.
Here is a basic run down of the features:
- Just like Dropbox with more capacity at a fraction of the cost and 100% private (Dropbox files are not 100% private, check out this article for a story of how Dropbox is 100% private)
- Automatically sync all the files you choose between your computers. Transporter will even sync the popular Desktop, Documents, Movies, Music, and Pictures folders that you use everyday
- Privately share and collaborate on entire collections of files with anyone you want. There is no limit on file size, file quantity, or number of people sharing
- Sync files to other Transporters located anywhere in the world for offsite backup or to share files with friends and colleagues
- Access all of your files via your mobile devices anytime from anywhere in the world
- Extremely simple to use. Plug it in, add storage, and go
Amazon is currently selling them for $ 99! Of course you will need an external hard drive to plug into the Transporter.
Disclaimer: I’ve not purchased a Transporter Sync Private Cloud or tried one out yet. There is more information on their website, but for $99 I’ll be trying one out in the next few months. If you’ve used one or have one, let me know what you think.