Dropbox vs. Google Drive vs. OneDrive: Which Cloud Storage Is Best for You?

I have written several times about the wisdom of keeping backup copies of your more valuable files. You can keep local copies or off-site copies but the important thing is to always have copies available someplace. One popular option is to keep copies in “the cloud,” using one of the file storage services, such as Dropbox or Google Drive or OneDrive.

Actually, there are dozens of available cloud-based file storage servies to choose from but Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive seem to be the three most popular, if not necessarily the best. Joel Lee has published a side-by-side comparison of the “big three,” pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of each. If you are thinking of using a file storage service, you might want to read the article on the Make Use Of web site at: http://bit.ly/2mRQmyW.


David Paul Davenport March 23, 2017 at 12:45 pm

I have tried to use Dropbox, but the computers at my local public library and at the Family History Center I frequent won’t cooperate. Every time I have tried to download something that someone has put in the cloud for me I receive an error message. I can see the document, but saving it hasn’t been possible.


One issue that I’ve encountered with cloud services is the generation of duplicate files. I’ve synced my Dropbox and OneDrive accounts and due to various glitches I have duplicates galore, many in the form of: OriginalFileName.doc (1), or OriginalFileName (2), etc. These are invariably exact duplicates. Do you know of a reliable utility that would help me delete these types of duplicates? Thanks. — Carl


    Duplicate files normally do not have duplicate names. In the face you described, there are two different file names: OriginalFileName.doc (1), and OriginalFileName (2).

    There are dozens of ways of deleting specific file names. You can find various renaming utilities that will do the job or simply do it manually from the terminal window (also called the Command windows in some operating systems). For instance, if you wanted to delete all the files with names ending in “(2)” before the period, in Windows you would open a command window and type:

    delete *(2).*

    or something similar. There are several variations of wild card deletes.


Sad to say, there’s no reason to not use Google Drive nowadays… it syncs with all your devices, they give you the most free storage, and it’s Google so you know they’re not going to disappear overnight with your data… I’ve been a long time fan of Dropbox and still use them, but if you’re new to the “cloud storage scene” there’s not really any reason to choose Dropbox over Google Drive anymore. Or is there?


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