(+) The Differences Between Simple File Storage Services and True Backup Services

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

A newsletter reader asked the following questions as a comment to an earlier article: “I don’t know Google Drive. Do you consider it primarily a ‘backup’ service or a ‘storage’ service? Can it be used for either? Does this persuade you to drop Dropbox for Google Drive or would you keep both?”

My answer cannot be condensed to one or two sentences. I decided to write this article which, hopefully, provides some in-depth information about the differences.

Google Drive is primarily a storage service.

Dropbox is primarily a file replication service. That is, its primary function is to AUTOMATICALLY copy files from one computer to another computer (or to multiple computers). Dropbox also stores copies of each file on Dropbox’s servers.

Neither Dropbox nor Google Drive are very good backup services. They do not backup everything.

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