Between Dropbox and Google Drive, which would you rather use for backing up your files? Both services offer enough storage space to upload various files and folders for users to easily access from anywhere. Accessible files for personal or professional uses is quite important in today’s age. But which service offers the best cloud storage for productivity, backup and server-like needs?
Dropbox As Your Backup Drive
Dropbox is the perfect solution to store and transfer files across different devices (Computer, tablet or smartphone) while on the go. It’s the perfect solution for both personal and business purposes that enables folder sharing with friends or business team members. Users may store anything from Word documents, PDF, pictures, videos etc to take on the go/access or to just have a backup file. For casual use, users get 2GB of storage space for free and comes with an excellent encryption security that will keep your documents and files safe as they use 256-bit AES and SSL encryption – perfect even for businesses as is. If users would like to upgrade their Dropbox to add a few features, they may do so for $9.99/month and receive 100GB of storage. Pro users can also add another feature in for $3.99/month to enable recovery of deleted files just in case you or someone else decides to delete a file off their Dropbox folder to save hard drive space on their own computer (annoying when that happens).
For business users, Dropbox introduced a business version of their cloud storage system that provides unlimited storage space. For $15 a month, business users can store as many documents and various files on Dropbox without having to worry about running out of space. It also offers a great alternative for small businesses that don’t necessarily require an office server that can be pricey to build. But one feature that stands out for business users is the ability to share certain documents with an exclusive team in your business which will allow top executives to keep sensitive files away from lower employees. Free or pro-users cannot access this feature.
Whether you are on vacation or a business trip, users can share, access, update or backup files without the need to carry a physical drive. Backing up vacation photos, updating documents for co-workers while out of the office is very efficient with Dropbox’s cloud storage service. Dropbox has a pretty good business pricing table laid out for you. However, you will require a word editing program to edit documents and spreadsheets as Dropbox doesn’t come with any tools for that – it’s only for cloud storage!
Google Drive Suits Document Storage
Google Drive is popular among anyone who has a Google account. Well maybe not everyone uses it but it is available to anyone who has a Google account, which many do. Like Dropbox, users can upload all sorts of files and be able to access them anywhere from their computer, smartphone and tablet. Users receive 15GB of free storage space, which is 13GB more than what you would receive from the Dropbox’s free to use option. There are payable options to receive more storage space but there is no options for an unlimited amount of space which Dropbox offers that targets the business user.
An advantage with Google Drive is the ability to edit documents on the spot via Google Doc application and updates it instantly. This makes editing documents and spreadsheets much easier as users wouldn’t have to worry about not having a word document editor with them as Google Docs is the default software for this task when using Drive. However, auto syncing files or folders to easily backup your photos, music and documents from your smartphone or computer isn’t an option which makes it seem that Google Drive is best used for document writing and editing purposes. Uploading various files to access on the go is decent with Google Drive, but don’t expect it to act as your backup space or data server like Dropbox can.
If you are thinking about storing or backing up your personal files and take with you away from your computer, Dropbox is your best bet. Even business use is a great option with Dropbox as it offers a way for you to retrieve old lost documents and share documents with the team. Google Drive on the other hand, is much better suited for storing and editing document files which can be very efficient for business users that require sharing and updating documents quickly and wouldn’t have to worry about not having a word processing software. There are of course other services you can use, like Microsoft’s OneDrive which works in tandem with Microsoft Office for documents, and Box. Dropbox is your best friend when it comes to ease of use and efficiency to backing up files – the need for a word processing software can be solved quite easily through mobile device apps and who doesn’t have a word document software in today’s age anyways?