June 14, 2009

File Syncing and Backup with Dropbox

If you haven't heard of dropbox yet you should check it out.

Dropbox is an easy way to securely share files with other people, sync them across multiple computers, access them from anywhere, and keep them safe. The way it works is, you download and install dropbox. It then puts a "MyDropBox" folder in your "MyDocuments" folder that will sync everything you put within it. You can then access those files anywhere via the dropbox website, or from any computer that has dropbox installed and linked to your account.

Here's a good example of how it works. I have dropbox setup on my home and work computer. I put any files that I work on from both locations in my dropbox folder that way when I do a change at work, I don't have to worry about emailing it to myself to get the latest version. Instead dropbox automatically syncs them for me. When I need a file and I'm not on a computer that has dropbox installed I just hit their website and login to retrieve my files. The thing I really like about this is that it provides another means of backup in case one of my systems were to crash.

Dropbox comes in 3 different flavors:

  • Basic - free version which allows up to 2GB of storage
  • Pro 50 - $9.99 per month or $99.00 per year and gives you 50GB of storage
  • Pro 100 - $19.99 per month or $199.00 per year and gives you 100GB of storage

Currently the basic package works just fine for me, but I could see Pro 50 in my future.