So Long, Free SugarSync

One useful online storage service goes paid-only.

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While there are plenty of free online storage services to choose from, SugarSync stood out for one reason: It let you choose any folder on your computer to back up to the cloud automatically.

Unfortunately, the free ride is coming to an end. On February 8 of next year, SugarSync will switch to a paid-only model, killing off its free 5 GB plan. SugarSync’s paid plans start at $7.49 per month or $75 per year for 60 GB of storage. Existing users won’t get to keep their free plans, but SugarSync is offering a 75-percent discount on its basic plan if you sign up by December 16.

Unlike SugarSync, other storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive make you create a separate folder on your computer for the files you want to store online. You can’t, for instance, back up a specific album in your Photos directory without copying and pasting it into the separate folder. SugarSync is unique because it doesn’t force you to rearrange the way your files are organized.

As a SugarSync user, I’m not too miffed about the switch to paid-only. An inherent risk of free online services is that they might go away someday, and I knew that going in. Online storage services rely on having a critical mass of free users, in hopes that some of them will convert to paid plans, but SugarSync was always an underdog, so the freemium business model probably wasn’t feasible.

Still, I won’t be paying to continue the service. The only thing I used SugarSync for was backing up my Word documents and notes. For that I can get by using SkyDrive instead, especially since Windows 8.1 makes it easy to treat SkyDrive as your default documents folder. It’s not ideal, but at least it’s still free.

15 comments
AbhinavJain
AbhinavJain

I too had problems with Sugersync. I used cubby but felt cheated when they changed the free account offering (cheaters).


I have been using dropbox for about 3 years and got a 50 GB upgrade for 2 years with my samsung phone. Recently I started looking for a free dropbox alternative and came to know about Copy.com . So far I'm liking it as it is almost similar to Dropbox but with more free space and better sharing function. Plus they have storage for even Raspberry Pi (sweet).


Anyways, if you are interested then please signup using this referral link - https://copy.com?r=swudL2  This will give both of us free 5GB on top of 15 GB.


PS- I'm not writing this to get some extra space. 

meongu
meongu

Can people recommend a service that allows syncing any folders on PC like SugarSync does now (meaning you don't have to move them to one folder like Dropbox)? I like that feature but it's time to find another service to switch to.

cnunn
cnunn

I would recommend people take a look at Bittorrent Sync. It cuts out the cloud and syncs straight from device to device. Like SugarSync (and unlike Dropbox etc) you can set up proper syncing on tablets and mobiles. Because it doesn't use cloud storage, your machines need to be on at the same time to sync. BUT an old cheap computer or even a Raspberry Pi left permanently on can serve as your own personal cloud and you then have the same functionality as most of the Cloud services, with unlimited storage, no subscription, and no data privacy concerns. Google "btsync rasperry pi" for more info on setting this up.

ethacker
ethacker

At Barracuda, we just announced that SugarSync users (or Dropbox or Box or...) can move their data for free using Mover.io and store it for free at Copy.com.  Simply go to www.Copy.com and create an account.  Then go to www.mover.io and put it your account info from which you want to transfer your data, put in your Copy account credentials and Voila, done.  It's all transferred, data, file structures, everything.  Welcome to Copy!  We have a great mobile app as well and integrate with SignNow and other Barracuda products.

agirl
agirl

Copy.com will give you 15GB + free 5GB when you signup with this link: https://copy.com?r=TbbpNT

That's more than Dropbox' 2GB or SugarSync's late 5GB

VishalTayal
VishalTayal

I had used SugarSync free service earlier and had to abandon it because of their totally messed up syncing algorithm which made me lose much of my crucial data.


Now, instead of improving their technology, this company wants to make customers pay for the much inferior syncing algorithm which their competitors with better technology are giving for free. Holy crap!!

BrentBucci
BrentBucci

Shameless plug, but since there are a ton of readers out there who are now in need of a free service for storing their stuff, I figure I would weigh in:


We welcome any former free Sugarsync members to check out MediaFire. Up to 50 gigs of free storage (18 gigs to start, plus referrals for all of you social types). 


We also support automatic file-syncing through our new desktop app: https://www.mediafire.com/software/desktop/, and have unlimited recursive backup. (Something that a lot of other services charge for,)


With 34 Million Users and Growing, we have no plans to eliminate our freemium model :)


-Best,
Brent Bucci

Vice President, MediaFIre

Taunusanlage
Taunusanlage

Why bother? Barracuda Networks has some better offer (since last May): Get 15 GB free right from the start! With apps for Windows, iOS, Linux, Android, Windows Phone. All I can say is, that I'm satisfied with this service called "COPY". It works like Dropbox. But... it's BIGGER. 15 GB is right for you? That's okay. Maybe 20 GB sounds better? Just click here: https://copy.com?r=A2IFxU

TheresaSimon
TheresaSimon

@meongu  Copy.com gives 20GB for free with this promotion! https://copy.com?r=pFh6Y3

They also have instructions on their website For how to transfer all your data and folders from SugarSync. I've been very happy with their service!

rfl
rfl

@meongu SpiderOak work with other folders like SugarSync. They offer 2gb for free accounts.

a_galli
a_galli

@rsinger It does not work

try Cubby, it allows choosing folder, then on the other device, ask for merge or add the folder, like sugarsynk. Please, use my invitation link     https://cub.by/i/01_AfOwOP8AVzn

trevor1234
trevor1234

Hi Brent


Thanks for the plug!


I had a quick look at your site.

1) I saw the link to the desktop windows (beta) app but not the mac app. Does it exist? do you have a link?

2) On the comparison to the pro and business plan it says that the free one is add supported.

Does that apply to the desktop app or just if one is sending a link to a friend?

3) On sugarsync and dropbox just changes in documents are uploaded, this makes them much faster than other services like microsofts livedrive. how does mediafire work.


Trevor