Autore: ExtremeTech

Online storage service Bitcasa opened its doors this week, promising an end to external storage or pesky online capacity limits. The company’s pitch is simple: You give them $ 99 per year, they give you infinite storage space online. The deal is currently being offered for $ 69, which comes out to $ 5.75 a month.

That’s it.

No capacity limits. No additional charge for certain file types or for web/smartphones. File version history? Infinite. Want backup and mirroring of existing data? You can get that, too. Bitcasa promises an online drive that seamlessly integrated with Windows Explorer, giving you all the benefits of local storage for substantially less money.

That’s enough to pique our curiosity, so we took the new service for a spin. We’ve previously discussed file locker offers from Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, if you’re looking for information on how they stack up.

Setup and installation

Setup is easy. Download the application and you’re greeted by the splash screen below.

Ugh. Call me pedantic, but the word “magic” really rubs me the wrong way with these products. It’s particularly ironic in this case — but more on that in a moment. Create an account, install the application, and Bitcasa offers you this option:

Mirrored folders are always backed up and available offline? That would be sorcery. Near as I can tell, Bitcasa means that the files you choose to mirror are always available in their original locations. Choose whether you want to mirror or not, but I’d recommend going with “Not,” at least for the moment due to the impact on total upload bandwidth.

If you do enable mirroring, Bitcasa offers you file-level control over whether or not documents are mirrored to the site or just copied over. You can mix and match between the two to free up local storage without needing to change the entire program’s configuration. That’s handy.

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