Make your own personal cloud on your computer with Syncbox [Windows]

If I were to ask you what exactly “The Cloud” was, what would you say? Most people would sit and stare blankly, but most dotTechies wouldn’t. Would you expound upon the benefits of a thousand identical computers all containing redundant copies of your data scattered safely throughout the globe, or would you go on a rant about how it’s all a government plan to get us to relinquish our personal information? Either way, you’re probably going to be happy to learn about Syncbox: no longer is your computer’s data forced to stay offline and communicate through the small viewfinder of your web browser. Syncbox lets you make your computer the cloud.

Syncbox is especially great for anyone who has a large hard drive or loves to share data. To start the cloud, just put files into the folder selected during setup. It can be any file you want, of any size, and from any folder on your computer. Unlike competitors Google Drive and Dropbox, there’s no need for a special webapp and a special folder to synchronize data.

A cloud is useless without its clients. That’s why the developers of the Syncbox server created clients for Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS without batting an eye. As soon as you make a change in one, it’ll be instantly reflected on your other devices.

If you’re looking for a way to turn the cloud into fog, Syncbox is a great program. It lets you host your cloud, on your desktop, but instead of simply being a file uploader, it’s a fully-featured cloud synchronization app. It’s free, and the server just on Windows. There are clients for Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, and more available.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v0.3.1.804

Server OS: Windows

Clients OS: Windows/OS X/Linux/Android/iOS

Download size: 34.2MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: Too large!

Portability: Requires installation

Syncbox homepage [Download Server version on primary computer]

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  1. Nguyen Nam Hong

    I install SyncBoxserver on my Win7 PC and
    SyncBoxClient on my WinXp PC.
    I’ve put a folder to default SyncBoxServer folder and another to default SyncBoxClient but no thing seems to sync.
    What I need to do next?

  2. Dan

    @pceasies:

    I get your point, but it matters little “how” it does it..it still needs you to connect to a PC/HD that you are away from in order to it to work. My original point still stands..there are risks invovled here such as crashes and fire with unattented machines..and there really isn’t much point ot using something like this with the online options avaible.

    I’m sure it’s right for some folks, but not for me..and that’s just my personal opinion.

  3. pceasies

    @Dan: It’s a syncing program so all the information on your PC is transferred to the other PCs as well. Every computer configured with the client receives a copy of the file. Remote access would require a fairly large amount of bandwidth to work smoothly since the files would need to be transferred as soon as you try to open them. As far as I can tell, it’s exactly the same as Dropbox, but instead of using Dropbox (Amazon S3 implementation), you use your own computer’s hard drives.

    Remote access would be like FTP/SSH where files are only transferred when you transfer them yourself. (Or even a VPN)

  4. Dan

    @pceasies:

    But if YOU are hosting the files, then it IS remote access and nothing like DropBox and the others, where the files leave your PC/HD and are stored online (in the cloud, as they say).

    With this YOU are the keeper of your own files and this software appears to be nothing more than eyecandy for a remote feature that is already existing on your PC.

    Basically, as I understand this, this program/software merely helps you log onto your own server PC/drive..this is NOT cloud storage at all..just accessing your own hardware..which you can do already as it is without using this software.

    Granted, it may have some features you might not already have, but the basic idea is nothing new and really pointless.

  5. pceasies

    From the looks of it, none of your data is going in the cloud per se. This program isn’t just “remote access” either. This is the same as Skydrive, Dropbox, Google Sync, etc, but your own computer hosts the files. Someone who runs a “server” (be it for files or certain applications) will already be running a computer 24/7.

    My understanding is cloud basically just describes a personal WAN. There are private and public clouds.

  6. Ed

    I would REALLY like to have my own cloud service, BUT on my web domain & more similar to Google’s syncing of Contacts & Calendars & PIM. That sort of product seems to be either very complicated to set up or expensive or both. I don’t have my computer on all the time so it would not be able to sync. I try to conserve energy use not waste it. True Personal Cloud storage seems unattainable for now. Instead I use an FTP APP or the Share via FTP function on my Android to move files to my web domain where I have more storage space & better value than some of the services offered. The auto syncing with Apps though is missing but at least my data is copied & secure.

  7. Ed

    I agree with Dan, while this software MAY have it’s uses, putting your folders or even drives in a cloud is a pretty risky thing to do. Reason is that you are virtually putting information out there for thousands if not millions to see. Granted the chances of someone picking yours out of everyone elses is probably miniscule but the chance is still there.

    If one REALLY needs to access information on another computer there are remote apps that can do that for you, this way you and ONLY you will have access to that info, barring someone intercepting your internet traffic / transfer which the chances of that happening are even MORE remote than the above software.

    Bottom line is that people do not need to back up or sync their files in a cloud, back it up or sync on something tangible like an external or removable HD or if you MUST do it online, use a private service and purchase storage space that you and only you can get to. This has nothing to do with any conspiracy theories or anything like that, it’s just common sense. Identity and internet theft is running rampant, why add fuel to the fire?

    Putting personal info or files on ANY cloud service poses a serious security risk for the person(s) doing so.

  8. Dan

    I know this sounds like a complete noob question..and I guess it is in a way..BUT:

    Unless I have misunderstood this service, doesn’t it mean you have to have a PC running all the time..connected to the Internet, even when you are away from home..or wherever that PC you are using is based?

    If this is the case, then it’s not as great as it first sounds, as all it really offers is the ability to access your files remotely..a feature which is already built into operating systems on the market.

    Like I said, I may well have misunderstood just what this is, but having read the article above and visited their site, I don’t really get the point of this..IF this is just offering a nice looking interface to remotely access your own PC/HD on which you have stored the files.

    Anyone care to explain this to me and everyone else who doesn’t get this..just what exactly makes this a better choice compared to other cloud-based services, such as DropBox and others, when you keep in mind the potential danger/risk of issues with your PC/HD occurring in your ascents..no matter how slim such the chances of such issues may be..such as fire or crashes?