• Harrison Jones

Dropbox VS OneDrive - Which Free Storage Tool Is Best?

Free to use cloud storage has been around a little while, but not many of us really take the time to look into which option is best. Two of the biggest solutions for individuals out there are OneDrive, and Dropbox.


Dropbox


Dropbox VS OneDrive - Which Free Storage Tool Is Best?

You might not have heard of Dropbox, it isn't as widely adopted as OneDrive, but it is a great, clean, and simple to use tool. As we are looking at free solutions only, let's cover the benefits you get:


  • 2 GB storage

  • Access files from a number of devices, including Windows PC, Mac, iPhone, Android and tablets

  • Instantly share links of your work via Dropbox paper

  • Preview and make comments to over 175 different supported file types


Dropbox features a modern design, you can create and share files with its built in Dropbox paper feature. Users can make comments real-time, you can add links instantly, there is a variety of fonts, and work seems to upload really quickly no matter what the file type or file size, something more important if you tend to leave work until the last minute! Dropbox has a 30 day file recovery window, so if you ever delete files, they are automatically archived until 30 days have passed, which in that time, should you change your mind, you can recover your previously deleted files.


Dropbox is great for its tool that tracks latest changes, where it will show you text omitted and what it has been replaced with - Great for having your homework corrected or finding out where you went wrong on a project!


OneDrive


Dropbox VS OneDrive - Which Free Storage Tool Is Best?

Microsoft's answer to cloud storage, OneDrive, has been around for one year longer than Dropbox - So it's probably not surprising it has more recognition as a cloud storage facility. Here are some key features of Dropbox's main cloud storage competitor:


  • OneDrive offers a more generous 5 GB free storage per user upon sign-up

  • Again, access files from many devices, such as PC, Mac, iPhone, Android and tablets

  • Share and collaborate live on files like Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets (These are the Microsoft Office tools we know and love).


You'll find that Microsoft OneDrive will feel a lot more convenient in devices like your Windows 10 PC, as it has been built in specifically for Windows users to share and access their files. If you're doing work related tasks, you'll find that OneDrive is better for security and backup protection. You can choose how long deleted files are kept in the recycle bin for; 1 day, 14 days, 30 days or 60 days - Quite a handy tool in the world of cloud storage.


Which Is Better?


Overall, it depends on what you're looking for. Dropbox appears to be better for instant sharing and upload speeds, probably because Dropbox's main entity is storage, while OneDrive is just a branch of Microsoft's number of services. OneDrive seems better for backup security, and the ability to collaborate instantly across the whole Microsoft Office platform.


Both work really well for accessing files wherever you like, but it's best to decide which is better based on what you're going to be doing, instead of basing your decision off someone else's experience.


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