Testing insync for Google Drive
Posted on April 23rd, 2014
My commitment to any one back-up solution is on par with Tiger Woods’ commitment to his first wife. That is to say, not super. I like the “deep archive" capabilities that Arq pushing up to Amazon Glacier provides. However with the recent LARGE drop in price of storage on Google Drive, I think it may be a game changer for me...until the next game changer of course...
I’m caught between wanting a solid back up solution that can handle lots of content efficiently, but also having immediate access to that content. Meaning I don’t want the “deep cold storage" model Glacier offers for my current work materials, just the really old stuff. I want to access my current documents immediately on all my devices...and also have it safe and sound in the cloud. And I’m not talking a few documents - more like hundreds to thousands - across multiple Google Drive accounts...
That last part is where the native app for Google Drive sync provided by Google falls down.
Enter insync (no, not the boy-band) - a very cool app that allows you to synchronize different directories on your computer to different (multiple) Google Drive accounts. So I can spread my data across multiple free GDrive accounts, or load up my two paid accounts with big fat media files. Either way, it’s pretty cool. If you want you can just sync your entire Mac home directory up to GDrive. With all that cheap space, why the hell not?
I’ve been using insync for over a month now and have ponied up and paid for it. As with any back-up solution, the initial sync takes a while, but once you make that first big sync it’s pretty much flawless. The process also forced me to clean up and organize a lot of folders, and remove some redundancy between what used to be the separate worlds of my hard drive and my Google Drives.
I would give insync a “thumbs up" so far...but not the boy-band. I’ll update this post if either of those things change.