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Dropbox Boosts Pro Storage, Adds Pro Features

Dropbox may have set the standard for file sharing services, but with Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive lowballing the price of storage, Dropbox has found it necessary to tweak the details on its paid Dropbox Pro accounts to compete, now offering a 1 TB tier for $9.99 per month or $99 per year.

Previously, Dropbox charged $9.99 per month for 100 GB, $19.99 for 200 GB, and $49.99 for 500 GB. Users who had one of those plans now have ten times their previous amount of storage. Those who had 200 GB and 500 GB plans can opt to keep them (at the new quotas of 2 TB and 5 TB, respectively) or downgrade to 1 TB at the beginning of the next billing cycle.

In comparison, Google Drive also offers 1 TB for $9.99 per month, and for those who don’t need that much space, 100 GB for $1.99 per month. The personal OneDrive account is normally $1.99 per month for 100 GB or $3.99 per month for 200 GB, but a current promotion on OneDrive for Business drops the 1 TB price to $2.50 per month. Amazon’s Cloud Drive will probably be dropping its pricing soon, given that 1 TB costs a whopping $500 per year there.

More compelling for those who don’t need more space are the new features that Dropbox is adding to Pro accounts (free Dropbox accounts won’t get these features):

  • View-only permissions for shared folders is the big one that many long-time Dropbox users have wanted, so you could share a folder with a workgroup without worrying that they’d change or delete files.

  • Shared links gain two additional features: password protection and expiration dates, both of which give you more control over who can access a shared link.

  • Remote wipe enables you to delete the Dropbox folder from a lost device the next time it comes online. This is useful mostly for Apple users who consider their only important data to live in Dropbox; otherwise you’d be better off using FileVault to protect all your data (as fully explained in Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of FileVault”) or remotely wiping the entire device using Find My iPhone.

Thanks to Glenn Fleishman for alerting me to the fact that Dropbox has also rejiggered its Packrat unlimited version history feature. For free accounts, Dropbox maintains all older versions and deleted files for only 30 days, but in the past, Dropbox Pro users could pay an extra $39 per year for Packrat, which maintained all older versions and deleted files indefinitely. Dropbox has now renamed Packrat to Extended Version History and set it to preserve only 1 year of older versions and deleted files. The price of Extended Version History for Dropbox Pro users remains $39 per year, and existing Dropbox Pro users with Packrat can opt in to keep unlimited version history before 1 November 2014. (Dropbox for Business users continue to have unlimited version history.)

Needless to say, an update to Joe’s “Take Control of Dropbox” will be making its way onto Take Control’s publishing calendar, though the next few months are pretty booked as we gear up for Apple’s upcoming operating system revisions.

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Whether you're already among the millions of people who sync and share files with Dropbox or you plan to join their ranks soon, this book will teach you about the many features—especially the non-obvious ones!—that make Dropbox an exceptionally popular Internet service.
If your Mac were stolen, would you worry about the thief seeing your email, photos, financial data, or other sensitive info? OS X’s built-in FileVault encryption technology can protect your data, but many people are leery of it. In this unique book, security expert Joe Kissell takes a deep look to dispel misconceptions and let you enable FileVault with confidence.


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Comments about Dropbox Boosts Pro Storage, Adds Pro Features
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mark levine  2014-09-03 16:57
FYI, OneDrive is TOTALLY useless on a Mac. I’ve just wasted hours . . .
1) Current version of OD does not sync files with files on your hard drive
2) You cannot upload folders, only individual files!!!
I’d suggest you warn Mac users that, until MS comes out with its promised version of a Mac-compatible OD app, they stay far, far away.
Etienne Girardet  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-09-15 01:06
I just upgraded a second account to Dropbox Pro and wanted to share my experience sync'ing a lot of files.
While you have 1 TB of space on their servers, Dropbox is getting a real problem, when dealing with more than 300.000 fiels. i wnated to sync my ALL work-related files - about 800.000 files with around 500 GB - and this seems impossible. the Dropbox desktop app gets either really slow or stops working reliable at all. i contacted support and they agreed about this problem that seems to be documented and unchanged since at least mid 2013.

As long as staying below this limitation we're having a very good user-experience with Dropbox.