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ExpanDrive is a Network file system client for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows that facilitates mapping of local volume to any SFTP server the user can access. It also can connect to FTP, Amazon S3, RackSpace Cloud Files, OpenStack Swift Object Storage, DreamObjects, WebDAV, Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.com. When a server is mounted with ExpanDrive any program can read, write, and manage remote files (that is, files that only exist on the server) as if they were stored locally.
Map your SSH server as a Windows drive letter over SFTP with ExpanDrive. ExpanDrive connects your Windows desktop to your Linux, UNIX, and Mac OS X server files through the industry-standard in security, SFTP and SSH.
One time purchase (perpetual license) ranging between $50 and $75
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This app is a useless! It's unstable, loses connection after few minutes, doesn't work as expected.
I am paying customer and I would advise others on looking for other alternatives to Expand Drive because I am not pleased about their business style.
Expand Drive are not aiming to have reliable product or to make easy to raise tickets. You will not find a support link in their application, you have to google a lot to find a place to raise tickets and even after this it can take many days to get a response, even if you do.
You will not find even a link to the company website from the menus or About box.
The only public place where you can find things about ExpanDrive is https://expandrive.uservoice.com
For example SSH (SFTP) mounted drives are silently unmounted after some time (like having your computer resumed after suspend). Still Expand Drive reports the drive as mounted, and you have to press eject on it and plan buttons in order to make it work again.
My impression is this app the the kind of app you would see included in the app-bundles made out of software with questionable usability.
ssbarnea - just saw this review and would love to help you out, can you ping email@example.com
I really WANT to love it, but I just can't.
Firstly the concept is great, the biggest draw for me was the fact you can see all your files without them taking up the space, fantastic! HOWEVER, I have noticed a MAJOR slowdown of the Mac since it has been installed, so much so that I type and have to wait for the screen to catch up at times!
The major issue is that it has not been reliable for me. I keep having it disappear from the top bar, it is constantly syncing files which were edited well over a week ago, so I have been left with NO online backup of them. It is clogging up the rest of the files which are now not also synced.
I have been able to get through to support a few times to try and correct the issue and have spent hours trying to troubleshoot it. It gets fixed, then comes back.
I need something reliable that I can count on to just work! I cannot afford to try and troubleshoot something which shouldn't even be a problem on a weekly basis, it is a great waste of time. I would rather pay more for a reliable service.
It is a real shame.
[Edited by BRPspecialist, November 03]
Created an account on alternativeTo just to leave a review of this software. I purchased at full price and when I began to use found that it was not installed correctly: the options to sync to local storage was not activated in Windows Explorer. After over an hour with the very poor technical support (multiple reinstalls, changes to registry etc.) I requested a refund. It seems I was two hours over their policy of "no refunds after one month".
This decision, by the way, was given to me over a month after my enquiry.
May work for you but I would not trust my files to a company or developer that operates with these ethics. Look elsewhere.
it has more feature
The ability to connect to multiple Dropbox, Drive, Onedrive and nearly every other storage platform and have that connection mounted as a drive in Finder is great.
Unfortunately it is not reliable and extremely slow, both the speed in which it transfers the files and the way it brings your Mac to a crawl. I assume it is indexing or something, but it makes it very hard to use.
When you do finally start a transfer, it is a "throw a six to start" process. Will it work? Will it disconnect you half way through? Will the file be corrupt?
To be fair it does work some of the time, but it doesn't work more times than it does.
The key thing that really annoys me is that the developer is working on fixes, but he saves them for paid upgrades. I have gone from original, to a paid upgrade and it was still buggy. When the new version 5 came out, I downloaded the trial and it was still unreliable (though it was better than before)
Happy to pay for new features, not happy to pay to fix the features I originally paid for.
Digisam - just saw this review and would love to help you out, can you ping firstname.lastname@example.org
It's a great idea, being able to quickly and easily mount remote file storage as a local drive. This App is nice in the way it is laid out, and it seems to work fairly well in my usage.
But what I cannot get onboard with is how they drive customers to pay for updates. Rather than what seems to be the industry standard, where Version n users get a prompt or email encouraging them to update to Version n+1, but they can also choose to stay with the current version until its end of support/life. Instead, Expandrive decided to send out an Update via the normal Mac update system, and only to include a bolded line at the top of the information window stating that it was a paid update.
Expandrive stops working for anyone who does the right thing and agrees to install the Update (or does so automatically), but who hasn't paid for the new licence. And the App doesn't even tell you this - it just stops working.
Personally, I cannot get behind rewarding this underhanded approach of extorting current users and forcing them into updates. So I am just going to keep using the version I am paid up to, and looking at the numeroud alternatives to replace Expandrive in my toolkit.
Most useless program of such type you can buy. Lots of bugs in Windows version. Copying almost not works. You cant change drive settings if once entered wrong password... and losts of others.
I'd discourage use of this because it's just all round slower. Both the transfers and the dent in performance in Finder and any application that uses the Save As window. Basically each time one of those panes is called then Expandrive needs to run out to the remote site you're connected to and get a response before that pane will be responsive. It's painful. Whatever you gain in convenience of having a similar looking finder window for your remote site is lost in waiting for the whole of Finder to be responsive.
Suggest FireFTP (firefox FTP addon) or Cyberduck.
I was looking all over for things to transfer some data from an old server to the cloud. Since microsoft azure does not support server 2008 R2 i had to find an alternative. ExpanDrive is the only alternative that i could find that would mount an alternate cloud storage provider in Windows Server 2008 R2 as a network drive. ExpanDrive worked fast and smooth to allow me to synchronize my files to the cloud storage provider. A real life saver in a touch situation.
I have used version 1.x for years on Windows XP and Windows 7 and found it quite fast and reliable. My only annoyance is the interface was a bit small as I manage about 40 machines.
Version 2 recently came out and the same license will work with my Mac. The interface looks a bit better but I have not used it enough to comment on whether it is a big improvement yet.
I installed this app on my Mac in order to be able to access and change files on Amason S3.
I added our credentials, it mounted a folder but it is just empty. Via AWS web interface I see that it's defiantly not empty. The App doesn't seem to tell you if it failed to connect for any reason. You can insert whatever credentials and it provides zero feedback and still shows as it mounted a drive in Finder.
This App is ULTRA buggy, I don't know why anyone would pay for it. If you drag this app from one screen to another connected screen the whole UI goes blank. The app doesn't appear in the top bar mac navigation when opened and focused so you can't close it fully without force quiting it and all attached services to uninstall it.
This app is pure garbage.
Bad software, better use other alternatives. Bought perpetual license, found bug with SFTP (streaming doesn't working at all MP3,FLAC,etc) which makes impossible to use this soft for me. They know about bug and doesn't fix it in 6 months. And this bug still in latest release.
Do not buy!
Does not work as advertised, no support and no chance of a refund.