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sync files across computersBeing able to sync from our many devices to the Cloud is an awesome benefit of modern computing. We’re able to take our files with us on mobile devices, access them from other computers without the need of a device like a flash drive or SD card, and it’s an excellent solution for backing up that data that we can’t live without.

Speaking of backing up that data, one of the best, but seldom used, ways to use cloud storage services The Cloud Storage Showdown - Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive & More The Cloud Storage Showdown - Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive & More The cloud storage scene has heated up recently, with a long-awaited entry by Google and a revamped SkyDrive from Microsoft. Dropbox has gone unchallenged by the major players for a long time, but that’s changed... Read More is to create a redundancy backup system. Basically this means you would use two or more cloud storage services to sync your data between them and to your computer, without creating duplicate files on your computer system.

Why Bother Backing Up? I’ve Been Fine So Far

Might I just say to that: Famous last words. Backup! If you need some motivation, take a look at the articles:

Alright, Fine – I’ll Back Up, But Isn’t One Enough?

Sure. You can get by with one backup, but if you have the capability, why not back up your backups? The method isn’t new. Creating redundancy among backups has been around for a while, specifically on hardware and is known as RAID. For more information on that, be sure to check out James’ article: What Is RAID Storage & Can I Use It On My Home PC- [Technology Explained] What Is RAID Storage & Can I Use It On My Home PC? [Technology Explained] What Is RAID Storage & Can I Use It On My Home PC? [Technology Explained] RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks, and it’s a core feature of server hardware that ensures data integrity. It’s also just a fancy word for two or more hard disks connected... Read More .

To do this in the cloud, there isn’t a specific method or a known technique that is the “way to do it”, likely because cloud storage is still so new (and because of that, being educated about them would be a good idea Read This Before Choosing An Online Backup Provider Read This Before Choosing An Online Backup Provider Backing up your files is a no-brainer - at least it should be. Hardware failure, security breaches, natural disasters, thieving scumbags and clumsiness can all lead to heart-in-mouth moments when you realise that your precious... Read More ). Instead, there have been apps and workarounds created to help with the process.

Technique One: SugarSync To [Cloud Storage Service Folder] And Vice Versa

Two things are required for this method:

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  1. SugarSync.
  2. A service with a physical folder on your computer.

Such services would be Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive and Box (although I’m sure there are others too).

If you have any idea how SugarSync works, then you know you can choose which folders to sync to it. Furthermore, you can choose what folders or files within those folders to sync if you don’t want to sync the whole folder. If you’re not familiar with how SugarSync works, well… now you are. It might not be a surprise to you that I’ve included this method as I’ve already written that SugarSync is the most well-rounded file backup and syncing service SugarSync: The Most Well-Rounded Free File Backup & Syncing Service SugarSync: The Most Well-Rounded Free File Backup & Syncing Service File backup is not a new conversation or topic by any means. If you search Google for “file backup” you will likely be overwhelmed by services and articles on the topic. It is a vast... Read More available. This feature of being able to choose which folders to sync is one of the primary reasons why.

Alternatively, you could replace SugarSync with Cubby LogMeIn Starts Beta Cloud Storage Service, Cubby [Updates] LogMeIn Starts Beta Cloud Storage Service, Cubby [Updates] Read More , and the results should be just as good.

Note: In the screenshots below, SugarSync 2.0 Beta is being used. However if you haven’t upgraded, the article I wrote highlighting SugarSync SugarSync: The Most Well-Rounded Free File Backup & Syncing Service SugarSync: The Most Well-Rounded Free File Backup & Syncing Service File backup is not a new conversation or topic by any means. If you search Google for “file backup” you will likely be overwhelmed by services and articles on the topic. It is a vast... Read More (also linked to previously) features the previous version. Both have the same functionality of adding folders, but the interface is different.

To add a folder, there are a couple of options. You can right-click the folder and add it to SugarSync like shown below.

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Another method is clicking the button to prompt a window for selecting which folders you’d like to add.

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Lastly, if you use SugarSync 2.0 Beta, you can drag and drop the folder directly onto the main menu.

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Use SyncBack Or SyncToy Between Two Folders (Windows Only)

If, for some reason, you don’t have the same enthusiasm that I do in using SugarSync, or perhaps you just don’t want to use that space for duplicates, another option is to use a program like SyncBack Backup your Hard-Drive with SyncBack Backup your Hard-Drive with SyncBack Read More or SyncToy SyncToy: Microsoft's Simple Backup & Synchronization Solution [Windows] SyncToy: Microsoft's Simple Backup & Synchronization Solution [Windows] If you have files on your computer, you need to backup. Plain and simple. Many of us are familiar with backing up and there are lots of methods and programs to use. Another aspect that... Read More , both of which have been previously covered in more detail here on MakeUseOf and contain step-by-step instructions of how to use.

Like the SugarSync method, you will also need physical folders of these services on your PC in order for it to work. Just set them up like you would any other folder and since they’re automatic, they’ll do the rest.

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Connect Wappwolf To Your Cloud Storage Services

This isn’t the first time Wappwolf has been mentioned on MakeUseOf. Bakari wrote an extensive article highlighting its usefulness with Dropbox Dropbox Automator Sends Emails, Converts PDFs, Downsizes Files & More Dropbox Automator Sends Emails, Converts PDFs, Downsizes Files & More For many computer users, Dropbox is the quintessential online storage and file sharing service for accessing files between computer devices. If you're heavy user of Dropbox like I am, you might be interested in a... Read More , which you should read for a more in-depth look at using and understanding how Wappwolf works. However, Wappwolf isn’t just for Dropbox, but it connects to Google Drive and Box as well. In addition, to those, it works with many other services like SugarSync, Basecamp and Evernote.

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There is an almost overwhelming amount of features that Wappwolf has. It has special actions for documents, pictures, audio, videos and files in general. I encourage you to check it out and experiment with it – it’s the only way you’ll truly understand and appreciate it.

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If you need additional help, the Wappwolf tutorials for Dropbox, Google Drive and Box might be of some help.

IFTTT: Cloud Storage Recipe

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If This Then That is an incredible service If This Then That: Connect & Automate Any Two Of Your Favorite Web Apps If This Then That: Connect & Automate Any Two Of Your Favorite Web Apps Connect any two of your favorite web apps in creative ways. A sort of "digital duct tape" according to Linden Tibbets, the app's creator, If This Then That (ifttt) lets you find new uses for... Read More and likely one of the most valuable on the Internet due to its versatility and the ability to customize anything 10 Great ifttt Recipes To Automate Your Web Life 10 Great ifttt Recipes To Automate Your Web Life We’ve already introduced you to ifttt in a previous post and there have been several improvements made and new channels added to the web application since then. Automation and synchronization are two points that have... Read More to your preference. In this case, we’ll create a recipe between Dropbox and Google Drive on IFTTT Automate Tasks In Google Drive With IFTTT Integration [Updates] Automate Tasks In Google Drive With IFTTT Integration [Updates] The popular automation service IFTTT has added support for Google's cloud storage solution, Google Drive. The platform, which stands for "if this then that", uses "recipes" in order to automate tasks, and monitors a range... Read More .

When you go to IFTTT, click Channels in the top right corner. You should then see a page like the one below.

Click the channel you’d like to use. For this example, we’ll use Dropbox, but you can do it in any order you prefer. Next you’ll choose a Trigger, in which I’ve chosen the first one: New file in your Public folder.

After choosing a Trigger, IFTTT will suggest recipes. The Dropbox and Google Drive one was conveniently displayed right at the front, but if it’s not for you, or you want to use a different service, such as Box, just click More Recipes with this Trigger.

After you’ve chosen your recipe, you may have to activate the Trigger. If you didn’t already have the Channel (in this case Dropbox) activated at first, you would have already had to go through this process. Just allow it like you have in the past with other services.

Once the Trigger is activated, it’s time to put them into Action. This is where IFTTT is highly customizable. The choice is yours what you want to do and is entirely dependent on you, your needs and your situation.

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And you’re done!

For more about IFTTT check out Tim’s article: How To Create Your Own IFTTT Recipes For Automating Your Favorite Sites & Feeds How To Create Your Own IFTTT Recipes For Automating Your Favorite Sites & Feeds How To Create Your Own IFTTT Recipes For Automating Your Favorite Sites & Feeds There are a few web services that can be considered "priceless" and IFTTT is one of them. The service, which stands for "if this then that" has the power to automate common tasks and help... Read More .

Conclusion

There you have it – four very different ways to accomplish the same thing. Why did I mention four? Because we all have our own routine and way of doing things. Each may have different advantages and drawbacks for each of us. It’s up to you to decide which will work best into your workflow. Are you a SugarSync advocate? Perhaps a local app guru? A web and mobile app fanatic? Or are you just crazy about IFTTT?

Or perhaps you’ve already created your own routine and way of file redundancy via the cloud. If so, we’d love for you to share!

  1. Kanishk
    April 23, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    You forgot cloudHQ it is an amazing service

  2. supertofana
    April 24, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Two good cloud starages is ok to have backup and sync both. Thanks!

  3. null
    March 12, 2013 at 5:11 am

    This is cool. I ll definitely try this as I struggle to manage multiple cloud services.

  4. Kelly Buchanan
    March 1, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Gladinet is decent software that allows you to manage all of your cloud storage from one dashboard and makes it pretty easy to sync, using syncback, between services.

  5. Michael D
    February 28, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Very good article. Paperport Online had their cloud services provider drop them without notice a few weeks ago and no one could access their files. Syncing between at least two providers certainly resolves this problem!

  6. Oleksandr Oksyuta
    February 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks for this article!
    It was very useful for me.

  7. Anonymous
    February 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    This is a good idea but I have one further service to add: owncloud.
    Owncloud has the benefits that the only limit to storage is how much HD space you can spare and NOTHING is synced to someone else's server you host it all yourself and it is highly configurable and works across all platforms.
    I created a VMware virtual machine using Ubuntu and owncloud. You can download it and try it yourself, it is all set up:
    http://www.ben-costello.com/ubento-with-owncloud-part-1/
    Also check out the owncloud site:
    http://owncloud.org/

  8. superhotpepperz
    February 26, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    It's very helpful to have multiple cloud storage services and ways to automate the storage of files across all of your sites. I like the simplicity and ease of use with IFTTT.

  9. Anonymous
    February 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    #Sync Google Drive, Drobox, Box, SugarSync and FTP with one single APP.

    http://www.cloudfuze.com

  10. Ishar Jay
    February 26, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Ohh, Sugarsync I've really bad experience about this cloud service, I cannot delete some of my files from web interface.

  11. Vampie C.
    February 26, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I use cloudhq.net (my ref link : https://www.cloudHQ.net/dropbox?r=l893)
    It's a service that syncs files between services in the background (so they sync them without having to copy them local).

    SO my complete dropbox is synced to my sugarsync
    And a certain map of my dropbox is also synced to google drive.

    It works perfectly.
    you get a weekly email of how much files ars synced.

  12. Ron Lister
    February 25, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks very nice article Aaron, I work on multiple PCs, a laptop and a table. I use Dropbox and Google drive alot and just recently checked out Skydrive and MS office web apps. Your article is going to be a huge help and I'll definatly have to check out Wappwolf. Again thanks so much, keep that stuff comming.

  13. Keith Swartz
    February 25, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Good read, Aaron! You must of had to use a slide rule to get all this info straight! (Lol) Thank you, Aaron & MUO.

  14. Juan Pedro Secondo
    February 25, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    As a cloud user this article is great. Specially the IFTTT app.
    Keep it up.

  15. RH hassan
    February 24, 2013 at 12:34 am

    can you please tell me how to do snyc fastly in dropbox

  16. Ijtaba Alavi
    February 23, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks for this :)
    it's nice for moving data online xD

  17. Tanguy Djokovic
    February 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I wanted to know why isn't Mega mentionned? after all, even if it's not the "main purpose" of the website you can also host your private files.

    And Kim stated on Twitter that he was going to make it FoC for students... which is quite nice I think

    • Alberto Lerma
      February 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      I guess it's because Mega hasn't released a desktop client yet so if you read the article's title you'll now why Mega is not an easy option.

  18. Thegreatvinayagam
    February 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Very useful !!
    But i had a worse part with IFTTT service. It can sync only the files from public folder :(
    I do want back up only sensitive and important files. If it is really a public file i don't really care to back up .
    I have done a research a last week and found IFTTT does'nt suits well !!
    Regards,
    Vinay

  19. harley bellwood
    February 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I just did this with SyncToy last week!

  20. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 23, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Great article, I suppose I have at least 5 cloud storage services. It's getting complicated to manage :)

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