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Author Topic: Free FTP storage using my own FTP client??  (Read 2821 times)

MilesAhead

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Free FTP storage using my own FTP client??
« on: November 08, 2013, 07:55:39 AM »
Free FTP storage using my own FTP client??  Does it exist?  I don't want automatic sync.  I'd rather use FreeCommander as it has FTP client and folder sync features I already know how to use.  I just tried Google Drive but I think the folder change detection may be bringing Explorer to its knees.  (I have to remove GD and test to be sure.)  I copied a couple hundred files into a different folder on the same partition(not the GD folder) and it virtually hung Explorer.  I only need a few GB.  But the manual control is the important part.

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Re: Free FTP storage using my own FTP client??
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2013, 09:36:58 AM »
AFAICS, FTP is not secure enough to be considered for transporting sensitive stuff across the internet, so DropBox and Wuala are often used as an alternative.

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Re: Free FTP storage using my own FTP client??
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2013, 09:42:35 AM »
The stuff isn't sensitive.  I just want to store it so I can download it later.  :)

I just tried Google Drive.  Explorer drag and drop copy, not involving the GD folder, just on the same partition, was reduced to a crawl that hung for long periods, then crawled again.  I uninstalled GD and now it's back to normal.  I don't need all this auto-sync stuff.  FreeCommander sync is just fine.

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Re: Free FTP storage using my own FTP client??
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2013, 10:13:05 AM »
I just tried Google Drive.  Explorer drag and drop copy, not involving the GD folder, just on the same partition, was reduced to a crawl that hung for long periods, then crawled again.  I uninstalled GD and now it's back to normal.

I had a similar experience with Google Drive Sync when I tried it a few days ago. It crashed Dopus every time I tried to right-click on a .gsheet file, and when I went off-line, my entire system slowed to a crawl, until I quit GDS.

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Re: Free FTP storage using my own FTP client??
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2013, 10:31:25 AM »
I'm trying MEGA. Supposedly 50 GB free storage.  But it seems to be Web interface only.  It's cumbersome if I can't use FreeCo9mmander smart syncing.  The WiFi here ain't the greatest.  Web upload totally hobbles FF Portable 25.0.

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Re: Free FTP storage using my own FTP client??
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2013, 10:52:29 AM »
I hate to have to say this but it is very unlikely that you will find any free file storage services that use FTP. And if you find anything free that uses FTP, it's likely not going to be for the purposes of file storage, and will state so in their TOS. You will probably only find some free (and rather unreliable) web hosting services in which their storage space is specifically for storing your website's files and using it for anything else will likely get your files deleted.

But you are not stuck with Google Drive and their software that doesn't seem to agree with your pc.

There are others, and their software may be more agreeable.

Here are the ones I have tried that seem to work ok for me (YMMV)...

1. You can try Dropbox, which gives you 2GB free to start, 2.5 if you use my referral link. This is the one I like the best for a lot of reasons...including using it with a WP plugin to make automatic weekly backups of your website's database and files and storing them offsite on both Dropbox and an external drive connected to my PC. ;)

2. You can try CX, which offers a personal Starter plan that is essentially the same as their 10GB Starter Plus plan, except that it's free, and you have to login at least once every 15 days to keep it activated. You can use my referral link to get an extra 300MB of space.

3. Or you can try SugarSync, which has a free plan that gives you 5GB free to start with, 5.5 if you use my referral link. One thing I do not like about this one is that it doesn't support external drives. I pretty much only use this one to store downloadable files for certain websites of mine in which I do not have storage options for anything other than images, with the web host. (Sharing the links to the files on SugarSync does give me some basic download stats, which is something I do not get if I share Dropbox links.)

All of these require you to install their software, which does autosync files. But none of them require you to run the software at all times. You can sync and exit. The only one I keep running at all times is Dropbox.  ;)

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Re: Free FTP storage using my own FTP client??
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2013, 10:59:04 AM »
This Mega seems like it would be OK if I could log in via FTP.  I like that it's manual.  But I don't know if it will give file info for syncing without using their sync app.  In case anyone is curious:
https://mega.co.nz/

Maybe I'll post a question on their support about direct ftp.  It seems they do have an ftp address... a good sign. :)

OTOH it has public key encryption so I dunno' if FreeCommander has any way to deal with that.

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Re: Free FTP storage using my own FTP client??
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2013, 12:01:25 PM »
You might try cubby... it supports webdav and there are some webdav clients that look like ftp.

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Re: Free FTP storage using my own FTP client??
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2013, 08:58:19 PM »
If you don't mind it, I've a VPS with ~48GB out of 50GB that's not being used for anything apart from a couple of websites and a VPN tunnel, (and more bandwidth/month than I can use in three), it's located in LA so you should get decent speeds to it.

I could set up a FTP server with an account for you if you like, (might take me a couple of days to read the instructions :) ).

EDIT: That was easy - let me know if you want it.  If it's <3.5GB of data I can also rsync to another VPS in the UK for backup.
« Last Edit: November 08, 2013, 10:47:39 PM by 4wd »

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Re: Free FTP storage using my own FTP client??
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2013, 10:29:34 AM »
@4wd thanks for the generous offer.  Skwire already set me up with FTP access.  What a world of difference! I uploaded my AutoHotkey Scripts folder, about 1,200 files after I deleted all the .exe files, to MEGA, a web based deal. It took hours on WiFi.  I just now uploaded the same folder over FTP to Skwire's server using FileZilla.  I watched them go on.  Maybe 3 or 4 minutes and done!

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Re: Free FTP storage using my own FTP client??
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2013, 05:59:41 PM »
@4wd thanks for the generous offer.  Skwire already set me up with FTP access.

No problem.