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Deleted everything in my cloud. Worked great on my linux machine. Then I installed it on my windows laptop which was apparently a massive mistake. I changed the default sync directory and for some reason it didn't take. So I tried to change it. It wouldn't take the change so I uninstalled deleted the directory and reinstalled. As soon as the reinstall was done it proceeded to sync a blank directory to my cloud store and wiped everything out. Crap software that really needs to be reworked. Wouldn't trust in a professional environment. Stick with Google client.

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File Sync Comparisons

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snakyjake wrote:

I have one remaining problem with GoogleDrive+Insync:
The above solution only syncs at the root Google Cloud Drive. Ideally I could select which Google Cloud Drive folder to sync with my external folder.

They have this implemented!

However, using Insync I was averaging 5GB per day, uploading to Small Google Drive iconGoogle Drive . I tried Small GoodSync iconGoodSync , and I have already uploaded 25GB in less than one day. If you don't have a lot of files, Insync would probably be great for you.

Compared to Insync, Goodsync is not as intuitive. For one, you need to find the Browse button, to select an online service, perhaps because they are trying to push their own Goodsync connect? After that, the interface is a lot like Small FreeFileSync iconFreeFileSync , or other file comparison tools, which may not be easy for a newbie. Unlike traditional file comparison tools, Goodsync is capable of accessing FUSE (Filesystems in Userpace), like online storage services.

I have yet to try other sync implementations from online services (like Koofr), which sync to online storage services. Small ownCloud iconownCloud could be awesome, but it a royal PITA to set up, and they sync options are very poor (I want to be able to exclude directories, and I can't use symbolic links in a folder to achieve this, because they decided to not support symlinks after 1.5x). Owncloud has a very confusing and dangerous interface: https://github.com/owncloud/client/issues/2404 . Never mind that it says the issue is resolved: it isn't. They just changed to wording to make it more clear. They don't understand that people are looking to exclude certain folders from backing up to the server, not delete them off their drive. The intention of Owncloud is to keep all files on the server, and only choose certain ones to have locally, but that isn't always what you want. I have a long standing way of organizing my files, and I don't plan to reorganize them for Owncloud.

[Edited by mekineer, March 22]

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Sync external Google Local Drive folders

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Here's my scenario...

Before Insync:
I had Google Drive installed on a Windows platform.
Only items I place in the Google Local Drive get synchronized with the Google Cloud Drive.

Problem:
I have files outside of the Google Local Drive that I want synced with the Google Cloud Drive.
Hard links only copied the first time; subsequent updates to the files with hard links did not get synced.

Solution (Insync):
With Insync you select the folder you want synced with Google Cloud Drive via context menu (right click Explorer menu...super easy).
Insync creates a link from your external folder to your Google Local Drive, which is then synced with Google Cloud Drive.
Subsequent changes to the files are now copied to Google Cloud Drive.
Fantastic!

Improvements:
Insync mostly solves the above problem.
I have one remaining problem with GoogleDrive+Insync:
The above solution only syncs at the root Google Cloud Drive. Ideally I could select which Google Cloud Drive folder to sync with my external folder.

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I "used it" or I tried to use it for 2 years but did not work. I started Python development on Windows, later because of cloud computing and machine learning I had to switch to Linux. Because our company used GSuit Google for Business I had to look for an alternative to Google Drive Windows App. We purchased Insync for Teams for my business Gmail account and I purchased Insync Pro for my private account. What a waste of money for both.

First, it can't sync between my Linux laptop, Linux PC Home, Linux PC Office. It is not even a different platform! I know it would be troublesome to sync between Windows and Linux, but can't even do a decent job between Linux machines??? My files even sometimes whole folders got deleted. It duplicated my 10-20 GB folders, 3-4x times. bo_object_detection, bo_object_detection, bo_object_detection (1), bo_object_detection (2). And I run out of space on my PC because of this. It was such a mess that I found myself deactivating it to prevent it to delete my important files, and I started not using at all after the first major file losses.
Even Krusader does a better job with rsync to sync files, why Insync can't do that?
Buy another product because this one will drive you mad.

[Edited by jturi, January 15]

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I've been a user of Insync since it's early days. While the product itself is useful for managing what gets backed up from local data storage to Google Drive, it has NEVER solved well the problem of a user who has multiple computers and storage instances that may use Google Drive has their hub for cloud storage of their files.

Let's say you have 1 or more Windows boxes, a Linux box, and perhaps a Mac (insync can be implemented on all 3, which IS indeed a good thing - cross platform use is an important feature IMO).
Let's also say that your local file storage is shared between OSs (dual boot machines are very common). If you update a file from one box/OS - technically it should merely be pushed to Google Drive and the other boxes should be able to recognize the update - GDrive being the source. In practice though, it doesn't necessarily work this way and nasty things can happen.

For example, if you have different local files, stored on different machined (or a single drive that more than one OS can access - i.e. a dual boot machine) and you want them synced to GDrive, often Insync can become confused in how to resolve file updates, restructured folders, moved files, etc.

Granted, to reduce some of this risk, you can specify what you want synced from each box to GDrive (another good thing), but in practice, Insync with each check may create MANY duplicate files with Windows versioning conventions like 'file (1)' 'file (2)', 'file (2) (2) (2)', etc ad nauseum. This requires alot of time cleaning up the mess Insync can create.

Worse, it can delete entire file folders (thankfully these can be recovered in GDrive as it keeps an account of what get placed in 'Trash'.

When I contacted Insync support about this and a even offered a potential solution to this problem, their reply was abruptly - 'Don't use Insync across multiple local machines'. This is a horrible reply and one might as well simply use the GDrive web UI. For developers, engineers, analysts, etc, this would be a nightmare as files often need to be operated on locally to be remotely efficient.

After all of this time, Insync still hasn't resolved file duplication issues. If they thought about filesharing and backup like a 'github', the 'hub' should be GDrive, not the local machine.

**Conclusion: **

  • Insync is usable and maintains an 'ease-of-use' philosophy in its implementation.
  • However it's syncing methods are terribly slow and how it resolves file differences across machines is left wanting.
  • Insync file/folder difference resolution bugs can create plenty of havoc.
  • Still, the Insync software itself, despite some of these issues, has come along way since its inception, and I suspect improvement - though slow in development - will continue.
  • The cost of the app is NOT subscription based - a good thing.
    • The license for individuals (prime) is $29.99 (per Microsoft or Google Drive account - so if you have more than 1 you want to sync....
    • The license for more collaborative use (teams) is $49.99 (again, per Microsoft or Google Drive account).
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Linux Google Drive that actually works

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Google Drive on Linux works using Insync - great ot see someone has brought gdrive to linux

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Better than Google Drive

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This is how Google Drive should have been made.

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At first it looked shiny enough, the sync was going well until I realized that since I already had some backup on Google Drive, Insync was creating doubles of all my files both on my computer and on the cloud. Thankfully I had another backup on my computer and did not have to remove the doubles by hand.
But I decided to give it another go, until it just stopped working (impossible to launch, start or open) on my computer, and even a fresh install and a reboot wouldn't make it come back.
So in the end, I really tried to give it a chance but Insync really doesn't work well at all, I strongly suggest using a tool that works and does what it is supposed to, like rclone.

EDIT--------------------------
This software is more like a virus. The very evening I pay for it (yes, why did I do that) it deletes half of the files of my computer.
Never, ever use Insync.

[Edited by ultome, October 27]

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Terrible experience. Canceled the contract very soon after signing.
It is not the program, it's the people.

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Do not use this trash software. I last used it in February. This software made me lose a ton of files, and redownload old files. It's better to use Drive's webpage than this bad software.

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It works great, but the pricing is quite steep. The lack of a Google Drive and Onedrive client on Linux is used as a jackpot regarding the license price model, which is per account.
I don't mind paying for software, but having to pay the full price for every Google and Onedrive account is quite bald.
I could imagine that a single Google- and a single Onedrive account included in the base license would be more acceptable. But reality is that it is almost 30 Euro/USD for every single account. Starting from 2 accounts you get a discount starting at 10%. But advise is to google a bit on "Insync software discount codes", which delivers often larger discounts like 25% for a single license.

But does it work? Yes it works very well indeed. A nice little Linux GUI lets you add the accounts and select on folder and file detail what you would like to sync to a local folder which can be configured as the default or one selected by you.

Once configured it is just working as expected. No fooling around with command line agents and complex manual maintained scripts.

So it is great software for a service that is ridiculously ignored by Google and Microsoft. Until these giants wake up and decide to respect the Linux community with native clients (like Dropbox) this, quite steep priced solution is doing the job very well.

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After expiring and uninstalling I was unable to run again grive on my openSUSE Leap. I had to reinstall the whole operating system again :(

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You don't know what you're doing on Linux if you had to "reinstall the whole operating system" and probably shouldn't be leaving 1 star reviews.


For the frustrated of the Google Drive sync program

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OK, let's face it : for serious users (with lots of files, some of them large) of Google Drive, when it comes to synchronising your files in the cloud with a local hard drive, Google Drive's synchronisation program is a piece of crap (at least on Windows).

On the other hand, InSync just works. Well worth its price. That's how Google should have made its sync app.

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Expensive

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Not using it. Too expensive for what it does, especially because I need to use multiple accounts. I use overgrive which is a 5th of the price.

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