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# 119059 18-May-2013 19:18
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Has anyone here tested the new DropBox alternative "Copy"?

It looks like they've just launched and have similar base features to DropBox. Apps for iOS & Android + desktop installers for Mac, Win, Linux.  

They are currently offering 15Gb of online storage as a starting point with bonuses for referring others - an extra 5Gb per referral.  It's implied that the initial large amount of free storage and referral bonuses are for a limited time to create buzz and may be reduced later.  

The one year of free 50Gb Dropbox storage I got with my Galaxy S3 will be expiring soon so I'm going to look at this as a possible replacement. 

If anyone has heard anything negative let me know.  The terms and conditions seem fine from the quick glance I've had.  

Check it out here:

https://copy.com?r=pg1GQR

The above link will give you an extra 5Gb added to your account when you sign up - giving 20Gb free right off the bat. You'll get invited to immediately pick up another 2Gb by sending a tweet.  

If you don't want to use a referral link go straight to http://copy.com to check it out (you'll only get the 15Gb instead of 20Gb when you open your account). 

I'm always a bit suspicious about cloud companies that give away so much for free so interested in any feedback. With that said it's worked out extremely well for DropBox who did the same thing when they started...
 
Thanks, 

Phill



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  # 821742 18-May-2013 20:35
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Quick follow up - I've been testing it and overall it seems very good. For an initial launch it seems very, very solid.

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  # 825130 25-May-2013 09:36
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freitasm: I don't really need another storage space (already have almost 80GB on Dropbox), but will get it just to secure some space.


Are you paying for the 80Gb on Dropbox? Or did you manage to get that much free from referrals?  I can't remember if Dropbox has a referral limit...

Copy looks good so far and I'm finally getting around to storing my digital images in the cloud until I can properly sort them.  I've been starting to get nervous about the possibility of losing photos / video of my daughter.  Having everything in digital form these days gets pretty unnerving.

Thanks!


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  # 825138 25-May-2013 09:56
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  # 825146 25-May-2013 10:29
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freitasm: I got that from HTC and Samsung promotions when activating their devices in my account. Plus for uploading pictures and a couple of other things.


Yeah - I got the 50Gb when I purchased my Galaxy S3 but that only lasts for a year which is why Copy is looking like a good free alternative.

Thanks for the reply!

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  # 825151 25-May-2013 11:05
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It is a pity that you can't store files apart from photos on Flickr as they give away a Terabyte 



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  # 825153 25-May-2013 11:15
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semigeek: It is a pity that you can't store files apart from photos on Flickr as they give away a Terabyte 


Doesn't flickr have upload limits on the free account (limited to xx / month) or something similar?   I seem to remember that when I was looking at it last time. 

Monthly upload limits make it very hard to make use of a Terabyte of storage.


 
 
 
 


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  # 825158 25-May-2013 12:05
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Thanks my dropbox was getting a bit full - used your link hope you enjoy the extra storage



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  # 825161 25-May-2013 12:12
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getresults:
semigeek: It is a pity that you can't store files apart from photos on Flickr as they give away a Terabyte 


Doesn't flickr have upload limits on the free account (limited to xx / month) or something similar?   I seem to remember that when I was looking at it last time. 

Monthly upload limits make it very hard to make use of a Terabyte of storage.



Just checked flickr - looks like the 1Tb change only just happened.  There doesn't appear to be an upload limits.  No Pro subscription option any more so only two paid options remain.

US$49 / year to remove advertising

US$499 / year to double the storage to 2Tb. Why someone wouldn't just open a second free account I don't know :)

Uploaded videos and images can be set to private so that does seem to make the free flickr account another great option for increasing backup redundancy.






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  # 825188 25-May-2013 12:50
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How do you know your stuff will be safe or not stolen and won't vanish




Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


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  # 825199 25-May-2013 13:19
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You don't. But Barracuda Networks is a well known technology company, not a John Doe who just happens to run a hosting provider with some spare disk space...







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  # 825204 25-May-2013 13:25
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joker97: How do you know your stuff will be safe or not stolen and won't vanish


Dropbox, Amazon S3, Copy.com etc all have redundancy in place with mutiple copies of each user's data on separate drives in each server room and multiple server rooms in geographically seperate locations.

It's still a very valid question though.  Some of these offers being made for free online storage, cheap VPS hosting etc are well into the "too good to be true" area.  They are making a loss up front on hardware and running costs to try and pick up the larger paying customers.  

Personally I think it's wise to have critical data backed up in multiple locations with different vendors.  For this reason I'm currently exploring using both flickr and Copy.com for storing the same photos and videos.  That way I'll have an offsite hard drive backup and two cloud based backups.

I'm also exploring options for software that encrypts data before sending to cloud storage.  Not so much for images / video but for personal data, work projects etc.





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  # 825297 25-May-2013 18:57
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getresults: Personally I think it's wise to have critical data backed up in multiple locations with different vendors.  


I have backup with Crashplan. I also have synchronisation of documents to Skydrive and Dropbox. This is in addition to the synchronisation to my NAS at home.

One is backup, the others are for easy access (and additional copies of current versions).





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  # 825324 25-May-2013 19:55
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Thaks for that, I'll check it out now.

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  # 825335 25-May-2013 20:09

So I guess no one uses mega here? :P

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