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Moving from ownCloud to Dropbox

Tonight, I moved all my files from my ownCloud account to my Dropbox account. I’ve been running my ownCloud instance for a number of years and I’ve been pretty happy with it. However, last night I had a few issues with my Ubuntu server and it made me rethink my cloud storage strategy. Basically, a 2TB external backup drive failed and caused the machine to think twice about booting in an orderly manner.

Luckily, I was around to fix the issue (I unplugged the faulty drive and removed its fstab entry), but if I had been at work or away, it would have been an issue. Admittedly, I’d have worked around any problems I might have faced by not having my server online, but the failure made me question whether or not I need to operate and maintain my own cloud storage solution.

And the answer, somewhat obviously, is no, no I don’t.

Whilst installing and maintaining an ownCloud instance is not difficult, it’s still more difficult than simply being a Dropbox user.  So, the only real question is, do I trust Dropbox with my shit?

The answer to that is yes.

I figure Dropbox’s primary business model relies on their ability to keep their user’s data safe and secure, and quite frankly, their engineers are probably a lot better at this stuff than I am.

So, my ownCloud server is no more, I’m now using Dropbox and my life has become a tiny bit simpler.

30 Tips to Turbocharge Dropbox image/svg+xml

Dropbox just works. Plus it does a lot more than just syncing. It’s the perfect digital suitcase. It ensures you’ll never be without your files wherever you need them, assuming you utilize Dropbox to the fullest. Just how do you do that? These tips spell it out.

Some handy tips for Dropbox users. I’ve been a Dropbox user for a good few years and it’s a great service. The first tip about gaining more free space made me chuckle:

One enterprising person nabbed his max referral bonus space by placing a Google AdWords ads with the custom link, then ceasing the campaign once he hit the 16GB limit. Easy.

In the past, I must have referred a fair number of new users to the service as I’ve managed to get my free allowance up from 2GB to 24.5GB, I guess I must have done this before they capped the limit to 16GB.