nudefault

Bitcasa’s infinite online hard drive: Interesting idea, rough around the edges

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.

Next page: Explorer integration, performance benchmarking, and streaming video playback

2 thoughts on “Bitcasa’s infinite online hard drive: Interesting idea, rough around the edges

  1. Buongiorno a tutti, volevo chiedervi per cortesia chi mi può tradurre la trama di questo film dall’inglese all’italiano in modo corretto (non con il traduttore) grazie mille a tutti..

    “HE’S OUT. AND HE WANTS HIS STREET BACK”
    “After eight years in prison Bullet is thrust back into the underground world that plagues the streets of New York. When he rips off two customers of his former prison rival Tank he has declared war on one of the most powerful drug dealers in the city. Now everyone around him will become a victim of the brutal society that accepts violence as the norm and fear as a way of life.”

  2. Conoscete you can’t put your arms around a memory dei Guns n Roses? se si, mi potreste dire chi è che canta? Perchè io non sono proprio sicura che sia Axl Rose a cantare. Se invece è lui, mi sapete dire perchè la voce è cosi strana? La risposta più esauriente si becca 10 points ;)

Lascia un Commento

L'indirizzo email non verrà pubblicato. I campi obbligatori sono contrassegnati *


quattro + 1 =

È possibile utilizzare questi tag ed attributi XHTML: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>