Paul do you still use one drive for your files I messed with Dropbox quite bit recently and it just seams like there is just so many features and capability and interface things missing from Onedrive I want stick with it cause I pay for it as part of one office365 subscription and dont want pay for another service but it just is not what it should be.

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17 responses to “Dropbox”

  1. Paul Thurrott

    Yes, I'm all-OneDrive now for documents, have been for a few years at least.

  2. minke

    Lately I keep hitting a strange OneDrive problem. I sometimes open the same file using the local version of Excel or Word, sometimes with the online version of Excel or Word. I sometimes have both open at the same time. Now I find that the copy opened in desktop Excel becomes Read Only for some reason, so any changes don't sync to the original document--you have to either save another copy, or close the document and then retry with online Excel.

  3. ngc224

    Too funny.


  4. jchampeau

    I've been a Dropbox user since 2010 (I think) and a paying user since maybe 2012. If there's one thing that's certain about Dropbox, it's that it just works. As a company, their livelihood depends on it just working, so it makes sense. They have one job and they do that job well.

    One of my customers has a very simple use case: share a single Excel spreadsheet with a contractor so that each person has a copy for offline viewing, and when either person changes it, the changes automatically sync. Dropbox has been doing this for years. It works wonderfully. However, the spreadsheet contains health information subject to HIPAA compliance and Dropbox Pro cannot meet HIPAA rules because it's classified as a home use product (contrary to the word "Pro" in the name of the product). In order to execute a BAA as required by HIPAA, Dropbox requires a business account, which itself requires a minimum spend of $450/year. That's a lot of money to sync a single spreadsheet between two people.

    No problem. OneDrive for Business, included free with my customer's Office 365 subscription, meets the requirements, so we'll use it. Cool. The contractor also has an Office 365 commercial subscription. It's a no-brainer.


    Office 365 can't sync files between two different O365 tenants like that. It seems like such an obvious thing it took quite a while to definitively determine it could not be done. They're supposedly working on bringing this feature to the platform. But hey, at least we got Paint 3D.

    • wright_is

      In reply to jchampeau:

      We have one user who uses Dropbox to share documents with HQ. We are currently looking at alternatives, because it is not GDPR compliant - the data is stored outside the EU.

      We are currently looking at Strato HiDrive.

    • helix2301

      In reply to jchampeau:

      Its funny you mentioned this cause I had customer the other day who said to be she almost out of onedrive space and I looked and you cant buy more space on any login you can buy a 6 gig plan but its (1000 GB each for 6 users) customer just gave up and went with dropbox.

  5. locust infested orchard inc

    Check out pCloud as an alternative to Dropbox and OneDrive. pCloud also offers 10GB of storage as a basic non-paying user.

  6. robinwilson16

    Every time I try OneDrive again straight away it starts telling me there are conflicts with my files and telling me it can't sync and just refuses to work properly. Doesn't matter which computer it is on or whether it is the consumer or business version. Like navarac, post Win 8.1 when they removed placeholder files it has never worked for me since. I pay for Google Drive Business at £3.30 per user as well as having to pay for Office 365 but it works reliably and is cheap so is worth it.

    • minke

      In reply to robinwilson16:

      Not every time, but nearly every day at work I have some sort of OneDrive syncing problem. It is frustrating, but at the price it is impossible to beat. I keep holding out hope that eventually Microsoft will sort out OneDrive syncing. One workaround, which I find is nearly failsafe, is to not use automatic syncing, but instead just upload and download files via the web interface. Almost always works perfectly, and in many cases is faster than troubleshooting syncing issues. Then on the other hand, I might go a few days with no problems and I begin to think that something has changed!

      • helix2301

        In reply to Minke:

        I gave up I have to much work to do keep having issues you know how many times I drop file in onedrive get home from work to find out it did not sync I gave up went with dropbox

  7. minke

    The problem with Dropbox is the pricing compared to OneDrive or Google Drive. It is really hard to see the value proposition for most of us, particularly if you have 1Terabyte from Microsoft with Office 365.

    • Lauren Glenn

      In reply to Minke:

      There's one reason I keep paying for Dropbox.... rarely have I lost files or had conflicts on it. For me, I have my $70 tablet and phone synchronized with my music collection using Dropsync.... and my Surface Go and work laptop synchronized with that music collection too. I make a ratings change on any platform and they synchronize perfectly.

      I'd rather pay for for not having to worry about my files as much. I don't trust Google Drive or Amazon Drive either. A simple test is to back up a music collection, photo collection, etc. and download that on another PC using their client. Google Drive rarely kept in full sync with me (once Google told me to uninstall and reinstall so it synchronized everything.... no thanks!) Amazon Drive did well but when I tried to switch to another PC and move it off Amazon Drive, iTunes told me it was missing 10 files out of about 10,000. Dropbox never had that problem for me.

      So I'd rather pay $20/mo and get my 2TB backed up and safe vs. saving $10 and having issues.

  8. helix2301

    I hate paying for two services but again took me 5 minutes to upload huge file to dropbox took almost an hour with onedrive

  9. navarac

    FWIW I went to Dropbox after they messed with OneDrive post-Win 8.1, and have stuck with it. Yes, I have to pay for Dropbox but it seems to work faster and more reliably. OneDrive has been purged from my PC totally.

  10. Belralph

    I am a long time Dropbox user. I really want to use Onedrive but it just never works for me. Like many I relocate my personal folders (desktop, documents, music, downloads, pictures) into my Dropbox folder for both my home and work computer as an easy backup.

    When I've tried to do this with Onedrive my biggest issue is I can't get files OUT of it. I can move files and folder out from my work computer and when I get home they are still there. I remove them from my home computer and when I return to work, they are STILL there. I just doesn't give me any confidence in it.

    On the mobile side I compared the camera upload feature, Dropbox syncs within a few seconds, sometimes a minute or so. Onedrive could be 5 minutes, I usually have to quit waiting for it to sync automatically and fiddle with it.

    I have 365 Home so I've got multi Terabytes of space I'm not using. I'm lucky enough to have Dropbox business for myself but I pay the $100 year for my wife's plan as she has tons of photos that pushes her out of the cheaper plan.

    I've given it a couple attempts. Scratch installs of 1803 and 1809 on different hardware. Until Onedrive wants to let me be in charge of my files I can't use it.