SugarSync: The Most Well-Rounded Free File Backup & Syncing Service

Aaron Couch 28-08-2012

automatic file backupFile 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 market and there is a lot to choose from. Within this market, however, only a few stand out Dropbox vs. Google Drive vs. OneDrive: Which Cloud Storage Is Best for You? Have you changed the way you think about cloud storage? The popular options of Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive have been joined by others. We help you answer which cloud storage service should you use. Read More . We know most of them: Dropbox, Google Drive 7 Tips & Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Google Drive Google Drive is a great service, but installing the Google Drive application and synchronizing some files is just the first step. These tricks will help you take advantage of Google Drive, both on the desktop... Read More , SkyDrive Is There a Good Reason To Use Microsoft SkyDrive In Addition To Dropbox & Google Drive? Read More and others like Mozy, SpiderOak, and on and on.


Among all of those there is still one that rises above the rest and that is SugarSync. Many of the services have great features, and although there is no perfect service or application, SugarSync is about as close to perfect as you could want. It differentiates itself with small additions and details, but even its core model is different from all the rest. Let’s see how sweet SugarSync really is (terrible pun there, I know).

My Testimonial: Why You Should Use SugarSync

As you have probably gathered already, SugarSync is a file synchronization program. How it actually works is quite simple: It allows you to sync any files from your computer, to the cloud, and other devices. That’s correct. If you have a smartphone, tablet or another computer, whether for work or personal use, you can synchronize your files throughout all devices.

Now, what if you don’t want your personal files intermingled with your work files? Or what if your smartphone doesn’t have the physical storage space to hold all the files that you may be syncing from a computer? SugarSync not only allows you to sync any folders to the cloud, but it also allows you to specify which devices are synced with certain folders. So you may have all your files from your work computer synced to a “work folder” on your personal computer, but not your personal files (or maybe just specific ones, if you choose) synced to your work computer.

To me, that’s why you should use SugarSync. Aside from the obvious being that you need to have a backup of your files, it works how you work. There’s no need to change your current workflow. If you don’t feel that having a backup to the cloud is necessary, let me tell you a story that will change your mind.


A couple years ago I was applying for an internship in Alaska. I had been working away from home and my laptop had been giving me some issues at the time, but I was able to work around the problems and get everything (resume, cover letter, letters of recommendation, etc.) prepared to email to them. I just had to bundle it up and do it.

To understand the story, I’ll quickly tell you the issue I was having. My battery was short-lived and I didn’t have my power cord so I had to go home to finish my work there. When I got home, I plugged in my computer, and it didn’t turn on. The power input on the laptop was shot. How? I don’t know, but I had bigger concerns. How was I going to email all of my information? I had worked so hard to get this internship and a broken power input was the only thing standing in the way. There was one last hope. I went to my dad’s computer, signed in to my SugarSync account. I knew the files would be there, but I had been making a lot of changes and I just hoped that the most recent ones were synced to the cloud. I downloaded and opened them to find out that they were!

I was then able to upload those files to an email and send them off before midnight. PHEW! Talk about a close call. But when it mattered, SugarSync came through because of its real-time update feature. As long as you’re constantly saving the file you’re updating, SugarSync will be constantly syncing it. Oh, and I got the internship (which I owe to SugarSync).

Another use that I’ve found for SugarSync is that it can be a complete flash drive replacement. I actually lost mine, but it didn’t affect me while in school, going from computer to computer because all I had to do was sign into SugarSync and all my school files which were on my laptop, were now in front of me on a public computer. I could then download to print it or make changes and upload it back to SugarSync and find the changes on my laptop again.


Dividing the Competition: SugarSync’s Unique Features

We’ve already talked about the competition in the cloud storage market, and I’ve made the claim that SugarSync outdoes them all, but now let me show you how and why it does. The story above about how SugarSync saved my files, could likely be a story of anyone who is regularly backing up to the cloud. However, SugarSync makes it extremely easy to regularly backup.

Backup and Sync ANY Folder

In SugarSync’s words, it “works the way you do” and currently, is the only service that does. There really aren’t any other services which sync any folders the way SugarSync does and offer all the other great features as well, such as expandable storage. There are a couple options to add folders to SugarSync. One way is to right click the folder and choose “Add Folder to SugarSync.”

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Another method, which I feel is much easier, is within the SugarSync File Manager.


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Click “Add Sync Folders” and a window will popup displaying some of the most common folders. I like the way SugarSync has set this up to enable users to easily add these folders, since they likely contain the files they use most often. In the image below the “Pictures” and “Documents” folders aren’t included because they’re already being synced to my account. This really came in handy when I didn’t have my computer at all (while it was being repaired) since I had previously synced all my folders to SugarSync.

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In addition, you can add more folders by clicking “Add More Folders.” Now you can scale through your “C:\ drive” and add any folders you desire.



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Magic Briefcase

The concept behind Magic Briefcase actually isn’t unique at all. In fact it’s basically the same thing as Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive and Box. But the fact that SugarSync has this feature, along with enabling you to sync any folder on your computer too, is awesome. This alone takes it a step above these other services. It’s kind of like having a Dropbox right in SugarSync… no, it IS having “Dropbox” right in SugarSync (just with a different name of course). So if you are thinking of trying out SugarSync for the first time, don’t think you won’t have that feature – you will. And so many more.

The primary difference in having an “one folder sync” system versus having an “any folder sync” system is you don’t have to manually move or copy your files into that folder. In the past I’ve set up my own system by using another program to sync files between my Dropbox (or other sync/backup application)  and my local folders, but this means that those files are only updated when the program runs. Even if I had been using that method and running it every day when my computer broke down, I still would have been history because my files wouldn’t have been synced.

Upload By Email

Dropbox has this functionality through third-party plug-ins, but SugarSync is the only service, besides Box, that offers this “out of the box.” When you create your SugarSync account, you are given a unique email, only relevant to you (don’t give this out). Simply add it to your email contact list and send files away. This might be helpful if your work doesn’t allow you to download software onto your computer. Instead, you can just attach the file and place your SugarSync email in the Bcc field if you’re sending the attachment off to someone else too.

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Local File Manager Application

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I feel this is often an overlooked feature of SugarSync. Sure there are some other programs that have “file managers,” but SugarSync is superior to them by far. It’s just easy to use. The functions that you need to access are right in front of you and the interface is clean.

Broad Accessibility

This may not be a “feature” by some users’ terms, but I feel the ability to use a program on almost all platforms and devices automatically puts it above the rest. The one drawback is that SugarSync doesn’t work with Linux. I’m not sure why, for certain, but it doesn’t. I know there is a lot of demand for it though and hopefully they will open up to that platform as well.

In the meantime, however, it is compatible with virtually every other device: Windows, Mac, iOS (iPhone and iPad), BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Android (including Kindle Fire) and Symbian. It also has a mobile website for “non-app” devices and an Outlook plugin (sure would be nice if they had a browser plugin for Gmail and other webmail clients too though).

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It’s also important to note to developers that SugarSync offers an open API allowing integration with third party apps.

Offers More FREE Storage

Storage, like “Broad Accessibility,” may not be a direct feature, but it certainly is a major player in the decision making for which application to use to backup and sync your files. Many times, even if there is a program that has better features, if it offers more space it may win your vote simply because of that. Thankfully, SugarSync doesn’t just have awesome features that separate it, but also an excellent referral system to earn more storage and a storage capacity that soars above the rest.

Aside from extra storage, SugarSync offers 5GB at startup instead of Dropbox’s 2GB. Google Drive offers 5GB and SkyDrive does offer 7GB, but combined with all the other features that SugarSync offers, 5GB is very generous.

To be honest, I am not sure if SugarSync currently puts a cap on their storage. I haven’t found that anywhere, but I do know that in the past they haven’t as they’ve claimed some users have earned up to 200GB of free storage. However, on the Features Comparison page, it shows “Up To 32GB,” so if anyone finds out for sure, I’d like to know. Still with 32GB, SugarSync is the only service of it’s kind to offer such a generous amount of free storage. The key word here is free. There are plans that you can buy storage of 100GB and more, but all other services cap off free storage long before 32. The only possible contender to this is SkyDrive, but only if you had an existing account before they made the change. Otherwise as a new user you are only granted 7GB for free.

There are a few ways to get extra free storage. You can refer your friends through an email, Facebook or Twitter post, or a custom link that you can post anywhere. Another way you can get some free storage is to sign up off of a referral. This is an “oh duh!” kind of tip, but it’s one I wish I should have done. Find a SugarSync user and privately ask if they would want to send you a referral like. Chances are, they want the extra space too. How much do you get for referrals? 500MB per user if just a free account is created. Of course, if you refer someone who upgrades to a paid account, you end up rolling in the gigabytes of free referral space.

Another way is to complete the “Getting Started” guide. This not only gets you free space, but also helps you get more comfortable with using SugarSync. As you can see in the image below, I have all but one completed which is setting up the SugarSync mobile app, which will be the first thing I do when I get a smartphone.

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Helpful SugarSync Reference Links

There are many other features within SugarSync and I’ve barely scratched the surface of them. Below is the link to all of SugarSync’s features, as well as links to the comparison chart to other services (obviously biased, but nonetheless is still helpful) and other great sources on the SugarSync website such as CloudU, which is a page dedicated to educating all kinds of users on using the cloud.

SugarSync Features

SugarSync Vs Compition (Comparison Charts)

Google Drive vs SugarSync

Dropbox vs SugarSync

SugarSync Tour

SugarSync Video Tutorials

SugarSync Testimonials – Who Uses SugarSync

CloudU – Everything you need to know about The Cloud

If you need assistance with the initial set up of SugarSync, below is a video that should help you through the process. I’m more than happy to help with any questions and I’m sure the SugarSync team will be as well.

Also, don’t forget to get that startup referral bonus from someone else prior to signing up. But please don’t post your referral links in the comments.


SugarSync has long been my favorite. I don’t keep using because I’m “stuck in my ways” or I “despise change.” I use it because it keeps getting better and is the most logical service for my use. Now, maybe you feel that there is another service that is most logical for you. Great! I definitely disagree with changing something if it will create a dip in productivity and workflow. However, the great thing about SugarSync is you can use it along side of it’s competitors and try them all out. You might notice a slight decline in your startup time, but to be honest, I use them all. Because I’m a nerd. But if I was forced to chose one and only one, I’d go with SugarSync, hands down.

What are your thoughts on SugarSync as a service? Do you use it? Do you even back up your files to the cloud at all? Looking forward to your thoughts and opinions of SugarSync and cloud storage as a whole… and perhaps a personal testimony if you have one.

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  1. Mr Veteran
    January 1, 2020 at 9:40 am


  2. MikeA
    February 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Sugarsync sucks just like all the rest. Give me local file sync on a Surface-RT (which from a programming standpoint is a no-brainer since you simply need a sync button to initiate the script) and I'll be impressed. Until these cloud services give full compatibility across all platforms, instead of rushing out bullshit apps that have limited functionality, they are useless.

  3. Martin Farrow
    December 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I've been using SugarSync for 3 years now - my favorite is the magic briefcase AND any custom folders. I can specify if the custom folders are synced across all devices or available for access.

    A new feature they are offering is mapping the cloud to a drive letter. This way you can also use Windows Explorer (instead of Sugar Sync's) to manage the cloud.

    Well worth the money!!! Yes, I actually pay for more storage :)

    Oh and I also have dropbox, google drive and others.

    • Aaron Couch
      January 22, 2013 at 1:46 am


      I'd have to agree with everything you said. I, too, use Dropbox and Google Drive as well. But I like SugarSync the best. They all have their own perks. It's too bad you couldn't combine them all into one awesome service so you wouldn't have to have them all running.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. felix soto
    December 4, 2012 at 1:56 am

    I'm dying to learn the ways to use this program, These days you feel challenged with using new technologies available just for the asking. Sugar Sync sound just like software I love to try.

  5. Raghav Gupta
    November 5, 2012 at 5:41 am

    i already use this. Very nice to use

  6. Christopher Jensen
    September 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I find some of the information to be misleading, mainly the comparison chart. I could add five more dots to it by using the app I have on my phone. I know they are talking about native company app support, but that isn't even an issue

    I personally started using the cloud because I use Android. Since then I've branched out a little to back up my school files. And can expand way more as I need to.

    Instead of messing with the official apps that each cloud provider has and dealing with different support and features, I have found a third party app that is great for Android.
    I use ES File Explorer for my SD card on my phone, it just happens to do many, many things and adding cloud accounts is one of them. I currently use it to add dropbox and google drive access to my phone. It currently supports 8 services, and multiple accounts of each, so that is plenty of standardized, free storage, all under my general file managing app.

  7. Venn
    September 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Can i store 100GB of data of my pc.?
    plz make it a help as u can.

  8. SugarSync is HORRIBLE
    September 3, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I just canceled my new SugarSync account. I decided to go with them after reading all of the bogus reviews about how wonderful they are and their so-called "features" sounded the best of all of the other cloud services. What reviews won't tell you is that their "tech support" is in INDIA and that they're not only grossly incompetent but they'll lie to you. After spending several days with tech support refusing to provide answers and then lying to me, I canceled my account. What SugarSync won't tell you is that you cannot upload files from the SD card on your Android phone. They've known about the for nearly TWO YEARS and yet calling tech support, they act like they've never heard of this before and play endless games. Don't even bother with this horrible program.

    • Mel
      September 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      DropBox has one big downside and that is everything that is to be backed up has to be in the DropBox folder. SugarSync (and others) allow you to pick the folders you want to backup as they reside on your computer. That is huge. After a month of trying to rearrange the way I worked to accommodate DropBox, I gave up. SpiderOak's interface is overly complicated and not very snappy while it is backing up. I like the much cleaner and easier to user interface of SugarSync.

      SugarSync has a couple of minuses, though. Many services offer filters that allow you to exclude certain types of files. If you are a developer, you know what it is like to kick off a build and SugarSync starts backing up that huge .PDB file or all those .obj files that you REALLY don't want backed up and taking up space in your account (not to mention the bandwidth it uses. That features has been suggested on the SugarSync forums for a couple of years now. And as mentioned before, SugarSync doesn't get high marks for their customer service. I have read that others and other reviewers had the same opinion. But that SugarSync interface is sweet, and currently I'll put up with the other problems to be able to use the service because it is so easy to setup and use. DropBox is just about as easy, but having to move things under my My Documents\Dropbox folder is just not workable.

    • Mindy C. Jones
      October 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      I've never used their tech support, but that certainly sounds frustrating!

      FWIW, I am able to upload files from my Android phone SD card to SugarSync Magic Briefcase, so there might have been something else behind the issues you experienced. I wouldn't be surprised if there were compatibility issues with certain phone models; the app has always been able to do what I wanted to use it for (automatically upload my mobile photos), but until some recent updates, it's been pretty unstable on my phone (Samsung Charge). It works very well for me now, though.

  9. Raman Bathina
    September 3, 2012 at 6:24 am

    The article comes up with huge and enjoyable content,But i have a doubt about on cloud service.Is there any service can give guarantee there service cannot be closed in an unfortunate condition?

  10. syed asghar
    September 3, 2012 at 5:45 am

    I worked as Call Center Agent in a company.There we got new project which they(our Team Lead) said that of SUGAR SYNC.At first I thought the project will not see the light of the day but it is still up and running.I think that it is a good to backup,Encrypt,Online Storage and many other stuff which I even don't know is there in this program.
    Go ahead and give it a try.

  11. Ashok Sundar
    September 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I use sugarsync and Its good to store & synch.

  12. josemon maliakal
    September 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    it is a nice service

  13. xbalesx
    September 1, 2012 at 6:17 am

    I love is awesome. Dock 1 point for being compatible with Linux

  14. Christine Hicks
    August 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Just getting started with Dropbox, I will have to check this out too.

  15. Tom Bogan
    August 30, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Thank you for the article. As a photographer, it is nice to know that I can access my pics while traveling and allow the sharring of the files with others if need be.

  16. Eli
    August 29, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I totally agree and highly recommend. I have been using it for a long time. Of course all relevant files are automatically synced between my desktop and laptop. I created a shared folder for my students where I put lecture files - no need to copy a special folder as required in dropbox.

  17. Reý Aetar
    August 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    using it for a long time as it supports all my devices including symbian and it offers more space and the photo viewer is good

  18. AP
    August 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I liked uploading files through E-mail.

  19. fatihamzah
    August 29, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Hmm, 5GB is interesting for me, but i like Dropbox's interfaces. And faster,, isnt it?

  20. vai
    August 29, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I have tried free version of sugarsync. Everything is good except speed. It is not very fast. It takes minutes for the files to show up in the web interface. With Dropbox that happens withing few seconds.
    And if data is huge and divided into many small files then it would take hours and hours to completely sync. People have complained about the its slowness on their forum too.
    If you really want very fast sync, sugarsync is not a wise choice.

  21. Eric Wardowski
    August 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I don't yet use cloud backup but because of your article I'm going to start with SugarSync. A couple of my clients have signed up but had to go with Carbonite because it backs up the Microsoft Outlook .pst file which SugarSync won't do (or wouldn't at the time I researched it for them). The problem is really more with Outlook than with SugarSync since the .pst file is huge and rediculous to back up smoothly.

  22. GrrGrrr
    August 28, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks Aaron, nice article.
    I use Dropbox and 4shared as of now. But SugarSync is new to me.

    Given the email-upload feature I'm right-away going to get an account there, as I cannot install the setup form office. So the email-upload option is the only way for me to get my files out from office.

    As I read all the comments till now, it is not clear how much free space they offer exactly for a new (non-referral) account. Could u please clear it for me?

    • boagarota
      August 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      It's actually 5GB free at start, but as you complete some tasks you may earn more, and inviting friends over, too.

  23. Vipul Jain
    August 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    did you really like SS?
    I had given it a try after dropbox but compared to dropbox i found it so clumsy & complicated. Also its android app is a real mess.
    It used to download everything i put in the briefcase automatically (maybe they would have fixed it now)
    But my overall experience with it was badddd!

  24. Alan Wade
    August 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Would have been nice to try but it kept crashing on my Win 7 Ultimate 64bit system. Pity!

    • Martin Farrow
      December 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      I am sorry to hear that you are having problems on your Win 7 system. I am running at home and work on Win 7 ultimate 64Bit - without any issues. Hope you can figure out what is going on.

  25. Sebastian Hadinata
    August 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Awesome review and great collection of reference links there! I have both dropbox and sugar sync installed in my computer, but I mainly use dropbox to synchronize my files, as it seems more simple :3

    • Sebastian Hadinata
      August 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Btw the new Yandex Disk service from Yandex seems interesting too. It provide free 10gb storage (after doing certain tasks required) for new user, which is quite large storage size for starter IMHO.

  26. venkatp16
    August 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    but symbian app is not working properly....

  27. venkatp16
    August 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    this tooll is really superb... it has all options what i thought that dropbox should develop...

    thanks team.

  28. anthonymonori
    August 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    No Linux client? What a bummer.

  29. susendeep dutta
    August 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I don't use cloud storage and will not use it.Although,as you mentioned in your article that it helps in taking your files in critical times,I still trust physical pendrive backup rather than cloud solution.It requires a all time good working internet connection with good data plans which is a very huge dream for me.

  30. HannibalCat
    August 28, 2012 at 9:03 am

    It does sound like a very good service, but while it offer 3gb more free than Spideroak, is it as secure? Spideroak offers the same flexibility of choice as to what folder or file you sync. With Spideroak not even the service providers know what you've stored - it's all entirely encrypted even from them.

  31. Sanjay Amin
    August 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Yes they do. Actually its 3 GB now 2GB + 1GB signing bonus and referral is
    as follow:

    "How do referrals work?

    Forr each friend who accepts your invite, we'll add 1GB to your account, for up to 3GB extra! If you become a subscriber, we'll double your referral bonus to 2GB!"

    Thus, it seems you can get max. 6GB without subscribing.

    • Tug Ricks
      August 28, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Thanks for the info man!

  32. Edward
    August 28, 2012 at 7:44 am

    In my case, it falls between the cracks. Dropbox (unpaid) has 3rd party support (1Password, Goodreader, Dropittome, TextExpander use it). And because many of my family use it, the folder/file sharing is very useful (e.g. I use shared folders for travel schedules and recipes).

    And then Spideroak (unpaid) backs up outside the folder, and securely—which is important to me. The syncing is 2nd rate, and the sharing is lousy. I may even pay Spideroak for enough space to use it for my iPhoto library (which I currently use Arq and pay Amazon for). So I'm not game to use a 3rd (or 4th) file backup/sync application.

    But we have so much choice it's wonderful.

  33. Ales Mole
    August 28, 2012 at 7:41 am

    @aaron: it would be great if you could do comparison between sugarsync and spideroak

  34. Sanjay Amin
    August 28, 2012 at 7:24 am

    You have not considered Syncplicity. It is same as SugerSync. A very good service

    • Tug Ricks
      August 28, 2012 at 7:31 am

      I see that they only give 2 GB worth of storage for free, which is kind of bleh compared to the competition. Do you know if they have any type of referral program similar to SugarSync/Dropbox to increase that amount?

  35. Yannis Vatis
    August 28, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Sugarsync is an excellent cloud storage service. I agree that its best feature is that you can sync any folder you want and choose which devices they will sync to. Their service is top quality and they are always improving. I highly recommend you give it a go. Here's my referral link

    [Broken Link Removed]

  36. VictorGeis
    August 28, 2012 at 6:17 am

    I've always heard of Dropbox but this Sugarsync sounds pretty awesome.

  37. carie
    August 28, 2012 at 6:10 am

    I use sugarsync and have to say it works brilliantly.
    I have my work files synced to my home laptop, which means it never mater where I work, the files can be accessed when ever I need them.
    It has saved my bacon on one or two occasions, when I have mistakenly saved over a file, I have been able to access up to three previous versions of the file through sugarsync.
    Off site colleagues who work for me have shared folders that are synced, thus we no longer have to courier discs of data and any work done is immediately backed up and synced to my pc.
    I used the free version until I needed more space at which time I converted to a paid version. Have never had a problem with either.
    Also have sugarsync app on my android which means I can literally access my files from anywhere.
    Never mind the fact that I can share files with people who do not have a sugarsync account.
    So all in all, it is a slick service that provides a professional service.

  38. VS Vishnu
    August 28, 2012 at 4:14 am

    have tried all except this...

  39. Catherine McCrum
    August 28, 2012 at 3:55 am

    I get confused on one issue. If I have a file on my computer that I choose to move to an external hard drive and no longer have it on my computer, will the file still be on SugarSync or is it deleted from there as well?

    • carie
      August 28, 2012 at 5:58 am

      It will be deleted there as well!

      • Siddharth
        August 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm

        but sugarsync keeps the previous versions (as well as deleted files) of files, for sometime (don't know the exact duration), so you can check the folder (that contained your deleted file) in the sugarsync client, to look for the deleted file.

    • Mindy C. Jones
      October 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      As Carie mentioned, the file will be deleted from SugarSync's 'My Devices' section because that service replicates exactly what's in your synced folders. However, every SugarSync user also has a 'Web Archive' that's plain old storage - it doesn't sync with anything, just stores whatever you put in there manually. If you add the file to your Web Archive before moving it to an external hard drive, the file will be deleted from My Devices but remain in the Web Archive.

  40. BDNf
    August 28, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Too bad there's no Linux client.

    Some successfully ran it in Wine though.

  41. Josh Morales
    August 28, 2012 at 2:48 am

    SugarSync is absolutely THE service to beat for cloud storage!

    Nothing comes close to the integration and availability (though I wish they would hurry up and make a damn WP7 app!)

    I wish Microsoft had just bought them and made that into SkyDrive, because it is just that damn good!

    • Swamy
      August 28, 2012 at 3:11 am

      I would like to try. Would you or any of your friends be able to pass on a referral?


      • Josh
        August 28, 2012 at 3:17 am

        I'd be happy to send a link to anybody who wants a referral! just email josh at and I'll fire one right out!

        I'd post a link here but I'm not sure a referall is allowed in the comments, don't want to be a spammer :) if any mods reading this can give an ok I'll link in a reply otherwise just shoot me an email!

    • Gary Shouldis
      August 28, 2012 at 3:27 am

      I had a paid account with Sugarsync. I was away and missed two resubscribe notifications. Know what they did? They erased every bit of data on my account and shut me down without a notice telling me they were going to do it. I would never recommend them, and I was a user for 5 years prior.

      • Swamy
        August 28, 2012 at 3:41 am

        Oh, that is shocking...

      • Josh
        August 28, 2012 at 3:53 am

        that's unfortunate to hear. While it's not the best way to operate, it doesn't seem unfair for them to close an account for non-payment.

        I'm sure I'd agree with you that this isn't the best practice, but I have not had any issues from day 1, and I can sync my files to ALL five of my different machines so all my data is always at hand (not to mention EASILY shareable)!

        highly recommended

      • carie
        August 28, 2012 at 6:12 am

        Yes but on the other hand if you do not pay... they are in their rights to terminate the service. If I am not mistaken this is stated in their initial terms and conditions of the paid service.

      • Mindy C. Jones
        October 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

        Yiiiikes, that is a good warning for current users -- thank you for sharing that story!

    • Tug Ricks
      August 28, 2012 at 4:18 am

      I love how well SugarSync works in the background. It makes backing up my docs convenient and foolproof. Great stuff!

  42. Richard Steven Hack
    August 28, 2012 at 2:25 am

    "The one drawback is that SugarSync doesn’t work with Linux."

    Deal breaker for me. Although since I can access via a browser, it's not that big a deal breaker since most online storage companies ignore Linux. As long as Linux stays at under 5% of the consumer OS market, it will probably remain that way. But a lot of the features of SugarSync seem to depend on the client software, so it's a negative that it doesn't work on Linux.

    OTOH, I just found this at the ArchLinux site:

    Apparently SugarSync can be made to work with the WINE utility on Linux. However, according to the WINE database, autosyncing doesn't work - you need to restart the client to make it sync modified files.

    Someone apparently was developing a Linux client but as of an 9/14/2011 update on the SugerSync blog: "We do not have any plans for developing a Linux client at this time." And they've ignored all the subsequent posts up to August 21, 2012...

  43. venkatp16
    August 28, 2012 at 2:13 am

    interesting one. let me give it a try. Thanks for such a nice article.