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pCloud Reviews

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It's a very easy to use tool that works on many platforms and syncs up files nicely, while giving 10GB of storage for free. Very nice. Things to have in mind:

  1. Encryption is not available for free accounts.
  2. While it's based in Switzerland, they use servers in the US which is not very reassuring privacy-wise.

> The laws in the United States or the European Union may not be as protective of your privacy as those in your location. By using our Site or Services and submitting Personal Information via the Site, you agree to this collection, use, transfer, and disclosure of your Personal Information and that such collection, use, transfer, and disclosure shall be governed by applicable laws in the United States and the European Union.

Be sure to use Cryptomator to protect any sensitive data that you want to keep private.

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pCloud is one of the few services that just shows up as a drive on my computer, which is exactly what I want. I don't want a backup program that just backs up any and everything on my hard drive.

Why I Don't Like Whole Hard Drive Backup Services

First of all, I have have multiple hard drives, my main one being 8 TB. I calculated that it would take, "3 years, 5 months and 25 days" to upload my entire 8 TB drive with my current available upload speed at 0.8 Mbps (which is the fastest available in my area). I'm sure my files wouldn't stay static the whole time it's being uploaded either.

Why I Don't Like Folder Sync Services

Syncing a folder is nice, as long as it's a smaller folder, which is why Dropbox Free works perfect for me (I've used referrals to get up my storage up to 20 GB). Their 'Plus' plan offers 2 TB of syncing space, which is way more that I'd like to be constantly syncing anyway. That would be 2 TB of files taking up space on my hard drive. The initial sync would take quite some time also. Plus pCloud does offer the ability to sync any folder on your hard drive (or multiple, different folders) if you do want syncing folder(s).

As a Drive

With pCloud all my files are in my pCloud drive (which happens to be drive P:\ in 'My Computer', 'Computer' or 'This PC' or whatever Windows decides to call it in the future). This way I can decide which files to put in the drive and it won't be taking up space on my hard drive. They also offer Lifetime plans for a fair price (when it's on sale). It's really nice to not have to pay any monthly or yearly fees. Plus the lifetime plans can stack, which I have done twice so far, which which brought my storage to 4 TB.

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pCloud on Mac is quite unstable and unsync all the time. Uninstalling and then reinstalling does not help you to solve the issue, reconfiguring sync folder does not fix it either.

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As much as I like this service for many other reasons, sync instability is true. For the third time in six months my client is unable to sync with the cloud and it's kind of defeating the purpose of cloud storage. I have 1300 files / 3.6 gb of storage that won't go up to the cloud -- and the worst part is that i don't even know which files they are.

I am using pClound since years now and I never had those kinds of problems you are describing. Not with MacOS 10.11, 10.12 nor MacOS 10.13…
Maybe there are difficulties with higher MacOS versions (10.14 and up) but I don't think so. To me pCloud has been very solid and if there was a bug I am sure they fixed it.


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Creates virtual drive on your computer which you can use as a normal drive in your file manager.

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It is expensive cloud storage with common features like on google drive, mega, one drive, cloud.mail.ru, Yandex. Disk but without something extraordinary.

Their yearly subscription costs around 100 euro for 2TB of data and 2TB of bw limit per ALL files in your storage. So this file storage not for sharing for sure.

What about the ability to use it daily, it's pretty okay. pCloud has API and tools to work with their file storage; this is a cute sign and gives you the ability to upload encrypted versions of files to their storage.

Why three stars?

  1. expensive
  2. no encryption out the box for this price
  3. mixed reviews and bugs about the service.
  4. I want to use it for my daily basis, but I can't due to tons of "questions" where I can't find answers.
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Low cost Pcs have little SSD GBytes. With pcloud you can store and use files in a virtual disk.

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The best cloud storage service and far far better than Dropbox. pCloud is one of the popular rare cloud storage options that gives lifetime storage for a one-time fee.

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PCloud is one of the best cloud drive and file sync around. Its greatest feature is that it creates a new drive in your system and you can MOVE files there. This will free up space in your hard disk allowing at same time to always access the files as they are, always available for direct use. It is like to have a new remote disk. You can do almost the same with other clouds forcing the files to stay online only, but you need to make them available offline again to use them. Much easier with pCloud. Sharing files is really easy, shared photos/videos are shown to the destinatary directly from browser, the destinatary doesn't need to download them to see the content. You can track down who downloads your files and how many times they were downloaded. You can share folders/files for team use. If they in future will integrate with an office document solution like, dunno, Polaris Office or SoftMaker FreeOffice or even better the opensource Open365, they will have the ultimate cloud drive ever becoming a great competitor of Office365/OneDrive or Google Documents/Google Drive or Zoho.

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They deleted my account... Probably because of inactivity, but I didn't get any email warnings about it, even though in the past they did send some memos. I checked spam and trash folders - no emails from pCloud.

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Does not integrate well with Cinnamon on Linux Mint.

There is no option for uninstalling!

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