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  1. It’s good to know that Mozy runs so fast! I considered using Mozy, but SpiderOak and DropBox have three advantages over it: 1) Sync between machines; 2) Public shares; 3) Linux support. This last was the dealbreaker for me because I’m running Ubuntu on some computers, but I think many Win and Mac users would also want to have a solution that combines backup, sync, and public shares in one product.

    I’m not sure what the reference to SpiderOak’s “bizarre pricing structure” is about. $100/year for each 100GB “pack” seems pretty straightforward to me. Additionally, if you have a *.edu email you can get it for half price, which makes it cheaper than Mozy (although the comparison is not equivalent because Mozy offers unlimited storage, albeit for a single machine).

    • By now, in the year 2015, I pay 270 EUR per year for 5 TB, so the pricing for Spideroak seems to have gone down SUBSTANTIALLY! Spider oak seems to take a lot of time dealing with very large files (like 4GB movie files). Small files fly back and forth quite swiftly. The security aspect and the smart “changes only” strategy sets it apart from the others. You should repeat the test including subsequent uploads, e.g. after having changed files. Traditional offerings like sugar sync or dropbox will upload complete new file, spider oak only transmits the changed blocks. Much more efficient. But because of that mechanism, the first backup takes more time than for others.

  2. I’m chiming in a little late, but I have been researching this topic for a week or so. The native speed test is one measure, but I would like to compare performance on another application while the sync engines are going full blast. Sugar (and others) say they throttle bandwidth to allow the client computer to maintain reasonable performance. With your 1 GB memory machine, performance for other apps running concurrently could be a deal breaker. BTW, these 5 are the tip of the iceberg: there are dozens of competent offerings out there, most with some level of permanently free service. I’m still evaluating, but right now I’m using Digital Lifeboat for backup (free for 2 computers per account) and wavering between SugarSync and iDriveSYNC paid versions for sync. I just cannot live with the 5GB sync limits of the free versions. iDriveSYNC provided unlimited sync space for 5 computers for $50 a year. SugarSync is a lot more expensive if you need lots of storage, but a 30GB version for unlimited computers is $50 bucks a year, too.

  3. Hi,
    I’m working on making a research paper, and the topic is the comparison of file sync software.
    I just found your posting, and this is what i just want. I tried to test same thing,and downloaded all the software, but SpiderOak doesn’t work on my Mac. So, I’m asking you that it is ok to use your test result for my research. Of course, I will introduce your name and website as a provider of the results. Hopefully, you check this comment asap because I have to submit it tonight. 🙂 great post!

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