DropBox Alternative for Win10

  1.    10 Oct 2016 #1

    DropBox Alternative for Win10

    Good day all,

    I'm transitioning my life and work from a Mac ecosystem to Windows. I've successfully transitioned most of my life over without any hassle and I'm very happy about that. There's one issue I've run in to and I could use some expert advice.

    I run a freelance design business from home. I'm trying to use my Surface Book for this purpose while my custom PC is built. For years I've been using DropBox as my remote sharing/syncing across all my macs when I'm in and out of the office. I've really begun to hate DropBox for a couple reasons. As of right now, as I work solely off of my Surface Book, which only has 128GB HDD, I'm struggling with space. So I've decided to use Selective Sync to only keep the files I NEED on my Surface so I can work.

    In my workflow, I usually need to edit or duplicate an older design file with a new/current offer. To find an older PSD file in DropBox via the web interface is SO PAINFUL and frustrating - I some times want to cut myself :)

    I need to find another cloud system that allows me to search all my cloud files with large previews/thumbnails and then either download it to my computer to edit/duplicate or a way that it will allow me to edit it as a cache and then sync it back up to the server upon save. I rather not have to download the file and take up space... because then I have to add another step in my workflow and empty my downloads and trash every time to keep the freed space available.

    The ideal system would allow me to view ALL cloud files in previews/thumbs and then decide how to move forward with the file without having to house them all on my hard drive.

    I welcome any and all suggestions, including my OWN cloud storage solution (open source or other) if an existing isn't available.

    Thank you so much for your time.

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  2. sml156's Avatar
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       10 Oct 2016 #2

    Ok I will start with your last choice ownCloud as you probably already know you can run this on amazon or aws and pay a monthly fee but if you want to play with it and find out if it is the right fit for you.

    You could run it locally for free because it is open source, I use it in a Virtual Machine using VMware

    If you want to try it on an unused computer try this

    I also use
    MEGA (mega.nz)
    Last edited by sml156; 10 Oct 2016 at 13:47.
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  3.    12 Oct 2016 #3

    To find an older PSD file in DropBox via the web interface is SO PAINFUL and frustrating - I some times want to cut myself

    Although I never tried it myself, I could imagine that the following works for searching in Dropbox:
    1: assign a drive letter to your Dropbox; 2: use a search program, different from explorer.

    For assigning a drive letter to your Dropbox, see:

    There are many fast free search programs. I am happy with Wise Jet Search.

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