Price of Online Storage Drops Even More: Dropbox Slashes Its Dropbox Pro Price by 90%!

I was pleasantly surprised today to receive an email message from Dropbox announcing a major price DECREASE. I am a Dropbox Pro subscriber and have been paying $9.99 per month to store up to 100 gigabytes of data. Now, for that same price, any Dropbox Pro subscriber can store one terabyte. That’s ten times the storage at no increase in price. I am surprised.

Admittedly, I recently switched from Dropbox to Google Drive. (See my earlier Plus Edition article about that by starting at http://wp.me/p5Z3-rf.) However, I am always pleased to hear of any price reduction in online storage. I know that other providers will have to match the pricing sooner or later in order to be competitive. My Dropbox Pro subscription hasn’t expired yet so I am going to closely watch what happens to Dropbox competitors’ pricing before the expiration date. I will then decide whether or not to renew.

Every genealogist needs to keep backup copies of all genealogy data, preferably at a highly-secure, off-site location, where it is safe from fires, floods, burst water pipes, and other in-home disasters. At these prices, it is easier than ever to add backupinsurance for your data.

Details may be found at https://www.dropbox.com/pro.

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MIght be good value for you in the USA, but for those of us in the UK the offering is for 79 GBP a year, i.e. 130 USD.

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I’ve had Dropbox for several years at $99 a year. I started out with 50GB, which was really all I needed. But they upgraded me to 100 GB for the same price. Now they’ve just notified me that I get 1 TR now (I think I must have been upgraded to Pro when it went from 50 to 100). Problem is, I don’t NEED that much space–so it’s not functionally a drop in price for me. I would have switched to another service a couple of years ago when there were cheaper options available but I was already tied up with Dropbox and hated to mess something up with changing. Ugh.

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Strictly speaking they are increasing the amount of storage available for the same price. If you only want 100Gb the price didn’t change. Marketing.

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I find I am limited on how much I can use Dropbox based on the storage space on my laptop (which appears to reduce as it ages and Windows files eat up more space). I have half of my genealogy files only available on my desktop computer. From my laptop, I have to access them using my home network, but sharing in Windows 8 is flaky, so often I must go to the files stored online using Carbonite. When I am somewhere without fast internet, this is a lousy setup. Since new, stream-lined laptops have no more GBs of storage than my old one, I am wondering how other people use Dropbox for all their files. I could easily use 50GB.

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    —> …but sharing in Windows 8 is flaky, so often I must go to the files stored online using Carbonite. When I am somewhere without fast internet, this is a lousy setup.

    You might think about keeping copies on a flash drive. They are fast, small, lightweight, and easy to carry with a laptop. Even 32-gigabyte flash drives can now be purchased at reasonable prices and even larger capacity flash drives are available although the prices increase rapidly as storage capacity increases.

    I don’t trust flash drives as my ONLY copy of files because they are so small they are easily lost. However, I often use flash drives to store additional copies of important files, including backups of all my genealogy data. I also back up the same data to online storage, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Carbonite, or any other online service. I always have multiple copies of all important data.

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    Using a flash drive is a good idea. However, is there a way to get changes made in those files to mirror those on my desktop computer and vice versa?

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    Yes, several ways. However, you will need to obtain additional software from someplace. You can find a number of programs for Windows and Macintosh, some of them free, that will synchronize two or more folders. That is, any changes made in one folder will soon automatically be copied to a second folder. Install such a program and then specify one folder that is on the computer’s hard drive to synchronize with a folder on the flash drive.

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    Thank you. That confirms my limit to the use of Dropbox for syncing, unfortunately.

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Have you heard of MyPC Backup and what do you think about it?

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Barbara, the problem you are describing likely has more to do with your available RAM than your storage. I recently upgraded my laptop. I had a 7-year -old MacBook that was no longer able to sync with Dropbox because I didn’t have enough available Hard drive space and i had over 35,000 photos on the machine. The sync process used so much RAM that I couldn’t sync while doing other things and the machine struggled to sync even when that was the only function it was performing.

When I upgraded, I bought a MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM and 500 GB storage on an otherwise mid-range processor and that has made a world of difference. I was able to catch up in a couple of days, whereas the old machine (which started with 2GB of RAM and I had added RAM to its limit of 4 GB) was indicating it would take so much time that Dropbox actually had a little joke “this is going to take a long time, grab a snickers.” I’m not kidding. It really said that in the status box. Then it indicated about 45 days as the total time needed. But, the new machine just finished after only about 4 days of syncing. And I will tell you, if you want to speed up your research, and happen to be in an archive or library where they allow you to scan or photograph documents, doing so will lower your usage/photocopy fees and save a great deal of time on-site. Hence my collection of photos, which is now closer to 40,000 thanks to a recent month-long research trip.

Hope this helps!

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    Thanks for the suggestion Melanie, however, while my laptop may not be the fastest thing on the block, the problem really is with storage. I have 136GB capacity on the C drive, of which my files use 36. There are 15GB free. The other 85GB appear to be used up by Windows, even though I have cleaned up and deleted every file I can, particularly the restore point files. It is a Vista OS (on a Dell XPS that is still going strong on its original battery!). I am not even sure if a clean install would fix the problem, since Windows has so many updates. It is a mystery to me!

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