[Windows] Best free cloud storage service — Dropbox vs Google Drive vs SkyDrive vs SugarSync vs Bitcasa

Ever wanted to be able to access your files from any computer or device? Or maybe you wanted to be able to have a backup of your important files, in case of a computer or device crash. Or maybe you want to be able to easily share files with others. Whatever the case may be, what you need to solve your woes is a cloud storage service.

In a nutshell, cloud storage allows you to upload content from your local hard drive (whether that be a computer or mobile device) to a remote storage location — over the internet — known as the cloud. This content or data can then be accessed from practically anywhere were there is a device with access to the internet and a web browser, and from any type of device. You can also share files on cloud storage with others.

To help you decide on what cloud storage to use, we have written this review to find the best free cloud storage service. So let’s get to it.

This review is part of our Best Free Windows Software section. Check out more articles on the best free Windows programs by clicking here.

BEFORE WE BEGIN

Before we begin, there are a few things I would like to point out.

Firstly, the whole idea behind cloud storage is the ability to access files on the cloud from anywhere and from any device. So while this review focuses on cloud storage services from the perspective of Windows users (i.e. cloud storage services that have Windows clients), all the cloud storage services reviewed here are accessible via the web from any modern internet browser from any type of computer or operating system. And all of the cloud storage services discussed are accessible via their websites using any modern web browser and have clients/apps/programs for other operating systems also, such as Linux, Mac OS X, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.

Secondly, upload/download speeds were not taken into consideration as part of today’s review because all of the cloud storage services discussed are very fast and the speed you get relies heavily on your connection speed and where you live.

Thirdly, please note that all of the services reviewed here are great. In fact, one could argue they are all largely the same with very few differentiating features. As such, for this review we have chosen not to rank one as the “best” — they are all great services, and we have not ranked one better than the other.

Lastly, take note privacy and security of files and data is always an issue regardless of which cloud storage service you use. All cloud storage services will make promises as to how they store your files securely but, as NSA PRISM leaks have revealed, your files are never truly secure on cloud storage if you don’t encrypt the files yourself. So when using any cloud storage service, be sure to use free file encryption for cloud storage programs to ensure your files are safe and secure.

Table of Contents [Dropbox vs Google Drive vs SkyDrive vs SugarSync vs Bitcasa]

Dropbox

Dropbox screenProgram Name: Dropbox

Developer: Dropbox

Download Size: 33.3MB

Version Reviewed: 2.2.9

Free Storage: 2GB

Supported OS: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Note: Dropbox is also available via the web on any modern internet browser and it has official apps/clients for Linux, Mac OS X, Android, iOS, and BlackBerry. There are unofficial Dropbox apps on Windows Phone.

Discussion

Dropbox has become somewhat of a household name and is extremely easy to use. Simply create an account, download the windows agent and you are well on your way.

Another wonderful aspect of the program is that it is cross platform, so whether you are using a mac, a mobile phone or a linux machine you will have access to your Dropbox files.

The way Dropbox operates is very simple. Once the client is installed a Dropbox icon is placed in the system tray. This icon shows the status of synchronization of files and shows progress of uploads. Right of left-clicking on the icon will cause a list of recent uploads to be displayed as well as links to the local Dropbox folder as well as to the Dropbox website. Access is also given to the client’s settings and from there users can set their desired location for their local Dropbox folder. Any file which is stored in this local folder is uploaded to the cloud and accessible from a wide range of devices. The general rule is once it has a web browser, you can access your Dropbox files from it even without using the dedicated Dropbox application.

Dropox has powerful sharing options and users can share files/folders via email or simply through a link which the Dropbox client generates. It has applications for Windows, Mac, Ubuntu, Android, iOS and BlackBerry.

Dropbox also provides the ability to preview the following directly from within a browser:

Files that preview as an image:

  • .jpg and .jpeg
  • .png
  • .tiff and .tif
  • .gif
  • .bmp
  • .ai
  • .psd

Files that preview as a video

  • .3gp
  • .3gpp
  • .3gpp2
  • .avi
  • .mov
  • .mp4
  • .wmv
  • .m4v
  • .mpg
  • .mkv
  • .mpeg
  • .vob
  • .flv
  • .mts
  • .m2t
  • .ts
  • .dv

Although 2GB may seem like an inadequate amount of storage, Dropbox give users many opportunities to upgrade the amount of storage by sending referrals, through promotions, from using certain features and by using a .EDU address. I personally have curently amassed 28GB through referrals but a large part of this was gained through a Dropbox promotion known as the ‘Great Space Race‘ which gave college students the opportunity to gain up to an extra 25GB which would last 2 years

Far from being overrated, Dropbox keeps on proving itself over and over again. It is a great choice for cloud storage.

Google Drive

Google Drive ScreenProgram Name: Google Drive

Developer: Google

Download Size: 29.70MB

Version Reviewed: 1.10.4769.0632

Free storage: 15GB

Supported OS: Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Note: Google Drive is also available via the web on any modern internet browser and it also has official apps/clients for Mac OS X, Android, and iOS

Discussion

This nifty little service and its accompanying windows client will have users jumping for joy when they realize that they can upload their files and even edit documents which were synced with Drive from their local computer from any other computer using the Google Drive Service.

Right off the bat let me just say that Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage — which is a lot. Take note, however, this 15GB includes space used by Gmail, Google+, and Google Drive. So if you have an account with which you use Gmail and Google+, the Google Drive for that account will not have access to 15GB as Gmail and Google+ will be using storage; if you want the full 15GB for Google Drive, you will need to create a new account that does not use Gmail and Google+

Like Dropbox, installing this program places a folder on your computer through which you can sync files to the cloud. Once uploaded, users can choose to share or view or edit the file — depending on what type of file it is – from any device which has an internet connection. In terms of sharing, the Google Drive client lets you specify exactly who you want to share your files with – through a list of email addresses of you desire or you could just create a link to the download which is publically available. Users can edit uploaded documents using the Google Docs feature of Google Drive.

An interesting feature of Google Drive is the OCR option. Google Drive has the ability to scan a photo and read the characters from it but this can be very hit and miss.

Perhaps one of the best aspects of the Google Drive service and windows client combination are the abilities of the combo to allow for powerful collaboration on documents and the ability to view a variety of files just using your web browser even if you don’t have the prerequisite program installed. Below is the list of files supported for viewing directly from a browser:

  • Image files (.JPEG, .PNG, .GIF, .TIFF, .BMP)
  • Video files (WebM, .MPEG4, .3GPP, .MOV, .AVI, .MPEGPS, .WMV, .FLV)
  • Text files (.TXT)
  • Markup/Code (.CSS, .HTML, .PHP, .C, .CPP, .H, .HPP, .JS)
  • Microsoft Word (.DOC and .DOCX)
  • Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.PPT and .PPTX)
  • Adobe Portable Document Format (.PDF)
  • Apple Pages (.PAGES)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
  • Tagged Image File Format (.TIFF)
  • Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
  • PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
  • TrueType (.TTF)
  • XML Paper Specification (.XPS)
  • Archive file types (.ZIP and .RAR)

In addition Google Drive allows for the preview of the following:

  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Slides
  • Google Forms
  • Google Drawings
  • Image files (.JPEG, .PNG, .GIF, .TIFF, .BMP)
  • Raw Image formats
  • Video files (WebM, .MPEG4, .3GPP, .MOV, .AVI, .MPEGPS, .WMV, .FLV, .ogg)
  • Microsoft Word (.DOC and .DOCX)
  • Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.PPT and .PPTX)
  • Adobe Portable Document Format (.PDF)
  • Tagged Image File Format (.TIFF)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
  • PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
  • TrueType (.TTF)
  • XML Paper Specification (.XPS)

Google Drive has applications for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices.

Privacy and the security of the information you uploaded to the cloud is very important, and it many cloud storage services including Dropbox and Google Drive have had many an eyebrow raised at their policy pertaining to these two issues. (Remember, always use encryption.) However if you do not mind these issues, Google Drive is a great program and you should give it a try.

SkyDrive

skydrive screenProgram Name: SkyDrive

Developer: Microsoft

Download Size: 5.75MB

Version Reviewed: 17.0.2011.267

Free storage: 7GB 0r 25GB

Supported OS: Windows 8, Windows 7

Note: SkyDrive is also available via the web on any modern internet browser and it also has official apps/clients for Mac OS X, Android, iOS, Windows Phone

Discussion

Microsoft’s very own cloud storage service it offers 7GB to newer sign ups but if you were one of the lucky ones who signed up for this service prior to April of 2012 you would have been given the option to upgrade to a whopping 25GB – if only.

SkyDrive functions similarly to both Dropbox and Google Drive with a local folder located on your computer from which any files that you place inside are copied to the cloud and accessible online from the SkyDrive website.

SkyDrive supports Microsoft’s office web apps and users will have the ability after upload to view, edit and create Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote documents directly from a Web browser. Skydrive also allows for collaborative editing of documents. Microsoft Office 2013 also has support for Skydrive and documents can be synced directly from within programs of the Office suite.

Microsoft’s cloud storage solution doesn’t stop there. It allows for users to embed documents directly onto web pages and is also integrated with the Outlook.com email service. It supports the viewing of .PDF, .ODF, .XML, OpenOffice and WordPerfect documents directly from a web browser in addition to Microsoft Office fomats. SkyDrive’s online service also allows users to search these documents with the exception of PDF files.

SkyDrive also boasts support with the Bing search engine, with social networks like Facebook, Twitter and linkedIn and it allows for the viewing of uploaded photos directly from within a web browser. Additionally entire folders stored with the SkyDrive service can be downloaded as a single .zip file.

Skydrive sports Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, iOS and Android applications.

If you are a big user of Microsoft Office, this service will suit you very well and it also gives you the most free storage on sign up. Not bad Microsoft.

SugarSync

SugarSync ScreenProgram Name: SugarSync

Developer: SugarSync

Download Size: 19.4MB

Version Reviewed: 2.0.1

Supported OS: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Note: SugarSync also available via the web on any modern internet browser and it has official apps/clients for Mac OS X, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Symbian

Free Storage: 5GB

Discussion

As you already know, there are many cloud storage service out there, but SugarSync sure makes syncing files to the cloud a breeze.

Simply drag and drop any folder you wish to sync to the cloud onto the specified area in the program’s desktop client and wait for the upload to finish. It really is that simple. The Windows client comes with an intuitive interface with 4 tabs. The first is the Cloud tab which displays all folders synced to the cloud and allows you to add any additional files.

Next is the Sharing tab. In this tab you can specify which folders you wish to share with others. The Activity tab displays recent activity such as the addition of files and the Search tab is pretty much self-explanatory.

SugarSync applications are available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone as well as Symbian.

What you won’t get in SugarSync is the ability to collaborate on documents that you get with services such as Google Drive and SkyDrive but you do get an incredibly easy to use program that quickly and easily lets you sync files to the cloud.

Bitcasa Infinite Drive

download_mobileProgram Name: Bitcasa Infinite Drive

Developer: Bitcasa

Download Size: 23.5MB

Version Reviewed: 1.1.1.14

Free Storage: 10GB

Supported OS: Windows 8, Windows 7

Note: Bitcasa is also available via the web on any modern internet browser and it has official apps/clients for Mac OS X, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone

Discussion

Bitcasa offers users a large amount of storage to start with and will definitely make it easy for you to sync your data to the cloud.

On installation, Bitcasa adds icons to your desktop, to Windows explorer windows and to the system tray. Simply drag and drop things onto the Windows explorer or desktop icons to add files to the cloud.

Pure unadulterated storage is what Bitcasa offers and with syncing clients or Android, OSX, iOS, Windows and Windows Phone, you will be able to sync and access data from almost anywhere especially since you can also simply use any web browser to access information stored using Bitcasa. Bitcasa also claims to use AES-256 encryption to encrypt data and that no human is involved in the process on securing your files. Therefore on paper it is the most secure service but I cannot vouch for this in the least.

Bitcasa has Windows and OSX clients as well as mobile apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

For a free account of 10GB, Bitcasa is definitely worth a try.

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  1. DoktorThomas™

    The traitors at NSA can only illegally search your data stored on US servers, although the federal courts have voided the fundamental concept of jurisdiction to give Federal monkey courts world wide jurisdiction which is an absolute falsehood in every legal system and pits all of the world against US, and they have since the first overt criminal politician Woodhead Wilson taped all communications of any sort in totem (including complete recording of all Internet traffic, international and domestic) so private data of any sort simply does not exist. To the extent that since 1990′s the oppressive, treasonous and illegal federal government forced writers of all encryption programs to include backdoors to all programs, no data is private. and while hackers, crackers and other internet slime balls don’t have the code, tey know more than you that it exists, so encryption only keeps other law abiding citizens from seeing your data, which by definition they would not look at anyway. So it a nutshell, in all forms, for all purposes, every day, for all reasons, the cloud, cloud storage and any remote storage is a useless waste of effort. The only secure data storage is a free standing, computer that has never connected to the web positioned in an electro-matagnetic and microwave insulated sound proof (they can tell keystrokes from the sound they make) room with its own electrical source (yep they can hack your stuff through electrical wires). Otherwise very computer can be accessed illegally, if it has not been already. (Check out shutthebackdoor.net or resetthenet.org or fightforthefuture.org or eff.org to understand how the fed.gov is a far greater threat than other criminals on the www.)

    Anyone who says otherwise is misinformed or working for the most hated institution in the world, the fed.gov. In either event, pay no attention to the deluded.

    The most ironic part of this federal oppression is that the people being spied on illegally are paying for the zealous government oppression by the money the fed.gov steals in the form of taxes (see, repeal16 period com). Those who surf in silence are co-conspirators with the largely illegal fed.gov. Note: The only terrorist in the country hold public office in Washington, District of Criminals. ©2014 All rights reserved. Protected by federal law and international treaty. For educational use only; not intended as legal, accounting, tax or other professional consultation. To pervert the education intent thusly is a violation of intend purpose and may result financial penalty. Author specifically revokes all statutory exemptions to use, bar none, except for the education of the readers of this page and encourage discussion herein.

  2. ttkk

    I was using Dropbox (for me not enough free space), Sugarsync (same like Dropbox, and for me slow).

    Now I am using new service – Copy. They will give you 15GB for free.

    If you register on Copy by this link, and install their application to backup / sync your data, you will get 20GB for free!
    Here is the link: https://copy.com?r=zPku0e

    Bonus for you is, that if you will find some referral, you will get next 5GB for free per each! Like this, you can get unlimited space for free!

  3. Henry Ng

    You should do a comparison of Copy. Copy is excellent and cheaper than Dropbox. Copy is the new Dropbox now. I use both currently, but Copy offers you more space for free than Dropbox. Both are good and both come with the desktop client to sync your files to their cloud servers.

    Check it out and use this link to sign up for Copy to get 20GB free instead of the regular 15GB

    https://copy.com?r=DFygGq

  4. MegaManToo

    I have been very pleased with the free accounts of Syncplicity by EMC that we have used on our small network. Syncplicity seems to be the fastest upload and download of the bunch. I can have a folder on each computer (and for each user); and, I can easily and freely sync that folder onto every other computer on the network. Files hosted on one computer don’t count against your limit on other computers when those files are then synced onto other computers. Smart!

    Cubby from LogMeIn gives 5 gig free, and it has been a useful reliable free cloud account.

  5. kevbo

    [@Ashraf] An application that can combine files from numerous cloud services into one, giving a central location from which to access files stored across multiple cloud services. As JRR Tolkien would say, ‘One app to rule them all’

    Some examples: CloudHQ, PrimaDesk, Otixo, CloudMagic

  6. newJason

    Flickr is offering to everyone 1 Terabyte of free storage for your photos and videos. Yes that is 1024 Gigabytes free to everyone. Plus they offer attractive ways to access and share your content. No need to worry about using multiple cloud providers for your photo and video archive because of space limitations. Flickr.com

  7. Mike

    [@DoktorThomas] Personal views and politics aside, at least one U.S. court has ruled that there is NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY in cloud storage (huh?!?), and so the government may roam through your online storage. Certainly, behind the times. But in the meanwhile, just sayin’ . . . .

  8. DoktorThomas

    For those unaware DropBox and Google routinely give the US fed.gov free access to your files. No information regarding the others mentioned.

    While no one would have interest in the drudge on my 23 PCs, there is an ethical point that overrides use of any third party storage: absolute privacy. Personal privacy is an absolute unalienable right which no government, not even the oppression masters in District of Criminals, has a right to violate. Privacy and a right to it is tendered by a higher authority against which all government are powerless. But it must be defended by all mortals.

    Because US corporate greed belies reality I warn against use of any US situated servers for storage of personal data no matter how mundane. The gutless American corporations cower in front of the fed.gov when the opposite is a faithful position for freedom and liberty. It is the civic responsibility of citizens to oppose government at every opportunity, even for those citizens who are legal fictions. What good is fortune if you live without freedom?

    The US fed.gov is the most insidious entity on the planet, perhaps the universe. Being caviler or trite about how dangerous and loathsome it and its actors are will only hasten the end of life as you know it, no matter where you reside. Store your encrypted data on non-US owned non-US based servers and sleep easy. Note below.

    BTW the work of hero Snowden reveals that Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Germany, Luxenburg, and others are in bed together and consequently not to be trusted on any level, for any reason. Don’t save data/do business there either. Orwell’s worse fears have been substantially surpassed. ©2013

  9. Tom

    [@Ashraf] So you’re defining “cloud storage service” as “syncing” and not “archiving” (or as you term it “file locker”) … that seems pretty narrow. In that case you might struggle defining Bitcasa, as its primary selling point is off system (“infinite”) storage.

    If you must limit your definition to syncing, don’t overlook Box and Copy.

    I still don’t get why Dropbox is so highly rated. Yes, it was the first, but it has been surpassed by others in so many ways, particularly for those of us who luv “free” storage, multi-point access, and cloud-to-cloud transfer.

  10. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    [@Janet] Yep, files under 100 MB can be uploaded without having to download Dropbox’s program — just visit Dropbox.com, login, and upload. There is no file size limit on downloads, and the receiver does not need Dropbox account or Dropbox program — you simply share a URL that lets you directly download the file. It is very easy.

  11. Janet

    [@Ashraf] Does that mean you can upload/download to/from Dropbox without installing their program if you are under 100MB??? I thought it had to be installed on both the sender’s and the receiveer’s computers to be used at all, which is why I always steered clear……

  12. Unamericanize Your Internet

    Very well written article is this !

    Don’t forget to mention WUALA (LaCie) who’s servers are in France, Germany and Switzerland and who use client-side encryption (files files are encrypted before they leave your pc/smartphone), and also we have Kim Dotcom’s MEGA based in New Sealand, servers worldwide and also client-side encryption. As you can see in my name I am done with all those arrogant, imperialist American services who want you to marry them, they’re dirty.

  13. anonymous

    I’ve made a habit of using Dropbox, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have accounts with other companies. Here’s a quick list of the ones that I generally use… as well as a few referral links. ;-)

    Box (Box.com) generally offers 5 GB for free, but they occasionally offer 50 GB accounts for free. Those users are able to share the love with referral links. I’d like to share my link so you can get in on the action, but the referral page is throwing me (and numerous other users) an error message. Regardless, consider following the company on Facebook (https://facebook.com/box) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/BoxHQ) as a way to find out when the next 50 GB giveaway is about to happen.

    Copy (https://copy.com?r=ILJGjO) offers 15 GB for free, with 5 GB for each referral. While 15 GB may not seem like much, consider the endless possibilities w/ those 5 GB bonuses. (To make the deal even sweeter, you and the person you refer each get a 5 GB bonus for the referral.)

    Dropbox (http://db.tt/R8zEkRd) offers 2 GB for free, with 500 MB for each referral. In addition to bothering your friends with requests, you can also earn space by completing small tasks like connecting w/ Dropbox on Facebook, Twitter, etc… and the random DropQuest contests are icing on the cake.

    Mega (Mega.co.nz) (by Kim Dotcom of Megaupload) offers 50 GB for free, but doesn’t offer any ways to earn bonus space. On the plus side, for those worried about security, files uploaded to Mega are encrypted client-side using an advanced AES algorithm. This means that while Mega employees, the NSA, and The Matrix may know you have an account w/ Mega, none of them can view the content of your file(s) without the key, which only you know and are able to share.

  14. Bub

    Some interesting notes about Google’s quota policy: If you use the Google apps to create/store documents, they do not count against your quota. Also, Google Drive supports document versioning, but if you allow Google to autodelete old versions, then those old versions still stick around long enough to be useful, but no longer count against your quota.

  15. smaragdus

    SugarSync was the best before version 2.0, which installs a virtual drive and contaminates the system. After I uninstalled it there were tons of left-overs in the registry. SugarSync is a shining example how the best application might be ruined by the developers for no apparent reason.

    I use DropBox (still) and SkyDrive (25 GB) for encrypted back-ups via Duplicati.

  16. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    [@Tom] The article clearly states: “Lastly, please note that all of the services reviewed here are great. In fact, one could argue they are all largely the same with very few differentiating features. As such, for this review we have chosen not to rank one as the “best” — they are all great services, and we have not ranked one better than the other.”

    And I don’t know about Tresorit & Zoolz because I’ve never heard of them but MediaFire is not a cloud storage service — at least not the type we are reviewing. MediaFire is a file locker service. The difference, you ask? Many things, such as the inability to have direct download links without upgrading.

    Granted, there are similarities between cloud storage and file locker services, and both can be used interchangeably, but they serve two different purposes… although we are seeing a convergence.

    C’mon Tom, you’re slipping.

  17. Mandy

    I prefer copy.com. Quite new, but perhaps the new dropbox.

    If you register with the link below you get 20 GB instead of 15 GB.

    Furthermore you earn 5 GB ! of extra free storage for yourself each time you introduce someone new to Copy. I have friends who already have >100GB free storage. However, this is a limited time opportunity during the promotion phase.

    https://copy.com?r=ZwE0u7

  18. Tom

    Surprising that a 2GB service would be picked first… there must be other fatcors going on in the background.

    What about Tresorit & Zoolz, or even Mediafire. The former offer encrypted storage, a feature that all the others pretend to offer (hey… the services featured in this article hold the encryption keys… what about that is secure?).

    Nothing new of interest in this review. C’mon DotTech, you’re slipping.

  19. Unicorn02

    OK guys, how about this one:
    T-Online in Germany has a “mediacenter” where you can upload any files like video, pictures etc. But also any other kind of files like .exe .pdf etc. Anything…
    You can sign up using using the Link “Jetzt registrieren” in the lower right of the screen. Beware: The registration process in in german language only, however when you have signed up and logged in, you can click on the head in the upper right and choose “Einstellungen” and set the language (Sprache) to English.
    So what’s the deal? 25 GB Space for Free!!!

  20. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    [@Janet] Yes, you can share files stores on these clouds quiet easily — that is one of the biggest reasons to use these clouds. Take note, however, you may need to download the desktop clients for the cloud service you decide to use because most have file size limits if uploading via their websites (e.g. Dropbox has a 100 MB file limit if uploading via Dropbox.com but no file size limit if you use their Windows desktop program).

  21. cpusrvc

    Here’s a tip: use 2 services, one inside of another. For example, I use 4sync (which has a 4sync folder) and put the Dropbox folder inside that. I moved my “My Documents” folder into Dropbox. Anything I put in My Documents (or a subfolder) is instantly backed up to both services. The result is 2 real time back ups of data with zero effort.

    I have only Dropbox on my phone and tablet, and Dropbox is where I keep all my files that I want regular access from my portable devices.

    Older information that I just want archived is put inside 4sync but outside of Dropbox. Visually, it looks like this:

    C:
    . . . . 4sync
    . . . . . . . . Customers (archive)
    . . . . . . . . Dropbox
    . . . . . . . . . . . . _My Documents
    . . . . . . . . . . . . Customers (active)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . Manuals
    . . . . . . . . . . . . Ebooks
    . . . . . . . . Movies (archive)
    etc.

    I have a “_” in “My Documents” folder name so it always sorts to the top of the list.