For years I’ve used Box.com as my client-facing storage/syncing/sharing platform. The Enterprise version, in fact. It’s not inexpensive, and the entry level of Enterprise includes way more storage capacity than I will ever need.
I was on the verge of switching to Google Drive (for many reasons), when Google dropped pricing on Drive storage considerably. At $1.99/month for 100GB, I waited no longer. Time to switch.
Concerned about security of files in Drive? See Security Note at end of post.
But how to do this, exactly? I really just needed to copy everything in Box directly to Drive. As efficiently as possible. And since not everything stored in my Box account is mirrored to one of my local hard drives, it really wasn’t as easy as setting up Google Drive on a local drive and starting the upload/sync process.
In the back of my mind, I knew I’d read about a service that could do this for me. I dug into my Evernote notebooks, and within seconds I had the solution: cloudHQ.
It’s drop-dead simple to use: set up an account, select which platforms you wish to sync (with the option of one-way transfer or syncing between any two platforms), and cloudHQ takes it from there.
The following video describes a real estate firm’s workflow and how cloudHQ brings all things cloud together — I think the example applies quite perfectly to a law firm, as well.
You can sync or transfer one-way between all of the following platforms: Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, Evernote (personal and business), Basecamp, Gmail, Skydrive (now OneDrive), Sugarsync, and SharePoint.
I transferred 50+GB from Box to Google Drive in less than 24 hours. Boom. I’m also using cloudHQ to sync between Drive and Dropbox (where I store/share personal and family files), and may start using it with Gmail and Evernote, as well.
I’ve randomly checked various files and everything appears to have transferred seamlessly. However, I’ll do a full review of all critical files before I cancel my Box account.
I’m currently in the 15-day trial of the Premium Plan (no credit card required, but you have to “follow” cloudHQ on Facebook or LinkedIn to get the Premium Plan trial at no cost), which offers 10 sync pairs and unlimited files for $11.90/month or $119/year. Pricing for free, personal and business plans is available here.
Full disclosure: cloudHQ offers a free year of its Premium Plan to bloggers who write about the service. And while this is indeed a nice perk (if in fact I receive it), I wouldn’t write about the service unless I had used it and can recommend it without hesitation.
NOTE: I’ve never received any benefit for writing about anything on this blog, nor do I use affiliate links, etc. And if/when I do (or have the potential to do so), I’ll say so. Like now.
SECURITY NOTE: I initially chose the Enterprise version of Box for client file storage/syncing for the security features offered. With Drive, I can still use Boxcryptor or Viivo to encrypt sensitive files. My general rule is not to store anything really sensitive in the cloud, and I encrypt what is truly confidential.