Why is Google Drive less efficient at syncing files than Dropbox?

June 30, 2014
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Why does Google Drive not sync files as efficiently as Dropbox?

  1. Shawn C
    July 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    There are some good articles that present a comparison of DB vs GD.

    One of the many articles can be found on MakeUseOff:
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cloud-storage-showdown-dropbox-google-drive-skydrive/

    Another good article is from LifeHacker.com:
    http://lifehacker.com/5904731/desktop-file-syncing-faceoff-dropbox-vs-google-drive

    One thing to keep in mind is as OronJ mentioned, the local network could play a big part.

  2. Oron J
    June 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    This would be difficult to answer without being intimately familiar with the code of both systems. That said, Dropbox uses a number of clever optimisations to speed things up:

    1. Delta update. When you update a file, only the part that changed is actually sent up to the cloud, which can drastically reduce bandwith requirements and increase speed of updates.
    2. On a local network (e.g. at home), Dropbox synchronises between devices directly rather than relying on the copy on the cloud for the synchronisation. Since local networks tend to be fast, this vastly improves the speed of local sync'ing and also reduces the amount of traffic that goes via your broadband connection into the detail.
    • Saumil M
      July 1, 2014 at 4:57 am

      One issue with GD is duplicate files.