I have been using OneDrive for a long time, and just today, I got to test the Sync.com cloud storage platform. I must say that it’ll be a tough Sync vs. Microsoft OneDrive battle. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.
What are both
Both are cloud storage platforms offering 5 GB of free storage. You can store, open, download, and share many types of files on the desktop and mobile operating systems. Sync.com is more for teams, while OneDrive can benefit individuals too.
End-to-end encrypted: OneDrive is cloud encrypted, while Sync.com claims to be end-to-end encrypted.
Vault: Vault is for saving personal files in a password-protected folder. Although you find this option on OneDrive, the free subscription only supports a maximum of three files, while Syn does not limit any.
Shared folder: As the program is team-focused, you can create shared folders that other team members can access.
File comments: Team members and others who have access to a specific file can comment.
Personal downloader: The service does not add downloads to the default queue. It has its own downloader that comes with minimal options.
New file icon: When you upload a new file, it’s easier to spot it because a small icon OneDrive places on the top of the file icon.
Photo area: OneDrive has a photo section to view all the photos in your account.
Office compatible: OneDrive supports creating and opening other Office apps’ formats, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
Memories: OneDrive mobile app sends notifications about photos and videos uploaded on the same date.
File explorer: On desktop computers, both offer the explorer folder to quickly view, download, upload and share folders without going to the website.
Auto camera upload: On a mobile phone, one can enable the camera upload feature to upload photos automatically.
File history: Both programs support file history and file version recovery.
Folder upload: Along with files, folders can be uploaded to the drive.
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Sync vs. OneDrive: Sharing
Sharing is one of the primary focuses of cloud storage services. Sync supports basic sharing, but you must verify your email to enable it.
It supports sharing a link or sending link emails. You also see link settings, including:
- Enable or disable the comment box
- File label, if you want to set a file label
- Enhanced privacy options
The premium Sync packages offer advanced features such as link expiry and download counts. OneDrive also supports copying and emailing the link with an optional message. You can also set the link permissions to view or edit.
You can access both Sync and OneDrive on a wide range of platforms. Both support:
Supported file formats
Yes, cloud storage programs support the uploading of most file formats, but the main question is which file formats can be opened without downloading.
I tested the programs by uploading some common and uncommon files to see how those two react. Take a look at the table below to find out.
|DNG (RAW image)||❌||✔️|
|SVG (Vector image)||✔️||❌|
The deleted files sit in the trash folder, and both save those files for up to 30 days. OneDrive business plans offer to change this period.
Sync.com has not mentioned that total trash size, so I assume that there is no limit, while you can only store 5% of your total storage on OneDrive.
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Sync has both individual and team plans. The free plan features are discussed above, and the Solo Basic subscription costs $8 per month if paid yearly. It brings:
- 2 TB of storage
- 180 days of file history
- Advanced sharing features
The upper-hand solo plan is Professional, giving you:
- 6 TB of space
- 365 days of file history
- Custom branding to add your own logo while sharing files with external organizations
The team plans are titled Standard and Unlimited. The Standard subscription costs $5 per user per month and offers 1 TB of storage and an admin account.
The Unlimited plan, as the name suggests, offers unlimited cloud space and costs $15 per month.
OneDrive, on the other hand, has 100 GB storage, only costing $1.99 per month. The 1 TB tier also contains other Office applications at $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually. Other noticeable options of this plan are:
- expiring links
- No limit on personal vault
- Password protected sharing
If you can pay more, you can choose the $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year and add up to six Microsoft accounts. Each user will get 1 TB of cloud storage space.
Which one do you need?
Both only offer 5 GB of free storage, so there is no comparison regarding that. As I have mentioned above, OneDrive will benefit individuals the most because of its more camera upload options and integrations with other Microsoft apps.
Sync is for teams, and it can be mostly used only for storing and sharing files because it does not support the opening of most file formats, making it less effective for people who want to view files without downloading them.
If you like, you can change the search from Sync vs. OneDrive to Sync and OneDrive and use both and take advantage of 10 GB storage, but managing two different services may not be your game.
Anyway, I hope I have helped you choose between the two. Please share your thoughts in the comments, and enjoy the rest of the day.