Which Is The Best Cloud Storage Software For 2020? Review + Buyers Guide

In which scenario would you better use a cloud service with a lot of storage space, which service will work best with others and which is the best cloud storage photos?

We also tested for example which is the best cloud storage for go-pro videos and security cameras.

To answer these questions, we tested several cloud storage services. From there we choose the top three that ticked all the boxes. Every service discussed has its strengths and weaknesses. Read on to see which one fits your needs the best.

The Best Cloud Storage For 2020

Here’s a rundown of the top 2 cloud storage software recommended for you in 2020.

Logo Description Reviews Price

pCloud review

Pcloud - The best cloud storage for personal use and professionals

4,5 stars

Free for 10GB of storage

backblaze review

Backblaze - The best cloud storage for restoring and for non-technical people.

4,6 stars

Starts at just $6 per month

1. Pcloud (Best cloud storage for personal use and professionals)

pCloud is a free cloud storage provider that offers 10 GB of free storage space. With the possibility to get more free storage space with a maximum of 20 GB.

Share folders and files with everyone, copy social media photos to your account and manage everything in between with a mobile app, via a web interface, and via a desktop program.

Everyone who registers with pCloud immediately receives 10 GB of free storage space, no strings attached.

There are lots of things you can do to earn more free space, such as inviting your friends to create their own account or liking the pCloud Facebook page.

Sharing files with pCloud

Although the shared files and folders cannot be protected with a password, there are other useful functions that make sharing your pCloud files with others easy.

There are two ways to share folders on your pCloud account:

The first way is public access, so for example a link that everyone can download on the internet. You can create this type of link for all your files via both the website and the pCloud mobile app. Via the app you can send these links to others through SMS, e-mail, Twitter and Facebook. Recipients without a pCloud account can also open these types of links and even download them in ZIP format.

You can also invite pCloud users to view folders on your account (grant access). You can then give invited pCloud users permission to view, create, modify or delete files. You can share folders from the website, the desktop program and the mobile app.

Unlike other cloud storage providers, you can also share space with other pCloud users, so for example instead of sharing a folder, you share 1 GB of storage space. This means that you share a link to one of your folders to make it accessible to the public.

When an upload folder URL is created, a unique e-mail address is shown to the public, allowing them to access a page that can be used to e-mail files directly to your account.

A handy feature of pCloud is the URL shortener service with which URLs of shared files / folders can be shortened to a short link.

You can read the full Pcloud review on all the features they offer for both personal use and professionals like photographers, musicians etc BY CLICKING HERE

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This is an awesome online storage provider that handles every file you can think of, lets you share it with ease and has an easy interface. Wether it’s for personal use to back up photos or for professionals like musicians or photographers, Pcloud offers one of the best cloud storage services available for a fair price. 

2. BackBlaze (Best cloud storage for restoring and for non-techies)

backblaze review

Especially simple

Backblaze keeps things simple. You install the program, no difficult questions and you are done. That is the most distinctive compared to other online backup service providers. So simple that every computer user is able to install this online backup facility within a few minutes and without a handy nephew. BackBlaze really is the best cloud storage for non-techies. 

Backup

After you have installed Backblaze, the backup process is  started automatic in the background. All important folders and files are backed up. So you do not have to state what should and should not be backed up. As a result, perhaps a little too much is backed up, but that doesn’t cost you any money. In principle, everything will be backed up, unless you exclude directories, with everything underneath. You can not only exclude directories (and all subdirectories), this can also be based on the file extension such as .mp3, .avi, .xls, etc. Encryption takes place with AES based on username and password but can be expanded with a private encryption key.

Backblaze is in that regards the best cloud storage for restoring back-ups.

Back-up upload

backblaze auto-throttle

Backblaze can adjust the upload speed with auto-throttle so that the user is not bothered by the back-up process that is being carried out in the background.

Uploading the back-up was very fast with Backblaze. Almost the entire upload speed of the internet connection was used. By the way, in the settings you can choose “automatic throttle” where uploading is limited at the time that you even want to use the internet connection for surfing, mailing, etc. Backblaze will not get in your way while working on the computer. The settings screen shows at the “Performance” tab the backup speed that you can expect. This is calculated based on the sending of a few backup files. In our case 7 GB / day. That is, in our case, a very nice value. Theoretically, we can upload around 8 GB per day with our current upload speed of 864 kbit / s.

Restoring 

Restoring with Backblaze is always done via the web. You click on the “restore options” button and then click on “web download”. After you have logged in via the web you will see the backed-up file structure. From there you just need to select what you want to get back, if necessary by placing a checkmark in the “root” (your C drive). Your email address will then be requested. A moment later an email will arrive with a link. With that link, you retrieve a .zip containing your files. Where you put those files back (and on which computer) is totally up to you. Optionally, with very large restore actions, you can choose to have a DVD or an external hard drive sent by Backblaze. Of course, you have to pay for that.

We find the restore part of the software out of tune with the rest of the software. The backup part is very simple. It’s really easy and everyone can make a backup. But as soon as you get to the restore part, things become different. The part where you have to select which files or folders (or everything) has to be restored is fairly easy (although we think there should have been a button for nontechnical users: “restore the entire backup”). Because: although you get a zip file you have to “restore” but after that what do you need to do? That is far too complex for certain people (I know my dad for example wouldn’t be able to do this). In addition, if the zip file contains large files, you cannot access the zip file from the windows explorer. You then have to download the 7-zip program and unpack it and place it in the correct location on your hard disk. 7-zip is not a user-friendly program.

Keeps running

After the backup is finished, Backblaze will keep an eye on your disk to see if any files have been added or changed. That requires about 5-10% extra processor load every few seconds. I found that just a little higher than average. Not disturbing but still…

Advantages of Backblaze

  • Back-up solution for those who are not at home with computers. It is a matter of installing and then forgetting. Everything is automatic.
  • Files that you would never want to back up such as system files, temporary internet files, etc. are not backed up through an exclusion list. You can adjust this yourself if necessary.
  • The maximum upload speed is adjustable.
  • In principle, backup is done automatically (continuous monitoring) but can also be done once a day (adjustable time) or with a “backup now” button.
  • A stolen computer can be traced, the IP address of the stolen PC is displayed (where it was last online).

Disadvantages of Backblaze

  • If you have more than one C drive, your C drive is always backed up even if it doesn’t. If you really don’t want this, you must exclude all main folders from your C drive. Not a terrible drawback but a point of attention.
  • Backblaze requires slightly more processor load than the average of other backup solutions.

Conclusion

The makers of Backblaze have had one goal in mind: we make an online backup solution for computer users who are not technical. As long as these users have to back up, which is 99.9% of the time, they have succeeded completely. We cannot imagine a simpler approach to this backup task. After all, you install the software and after you have entered the username and password you do not have to do anything else. Backblaze starts without asking one question with its task: backup. How could you make this easier?

But Backblaze has a second face. That is the restore part. The target group that Backblaze has in mind, the computer user without technical knowledge, is in our opinion unable to bring a restore to a successful conclusion. That part is far from user-friendly. If Backblaze should improve one thing then that is this part of its software.

Does this mean we don’t recommend Backblaze? No definitely not. We can recommend Backblaze for its target group, the non-technical computer user, but with one big but: as soon as all files have to be restored after a hard disk crash, fire or theft, things get a bit hard and they might have to call the “handy nephew” to have this work done. But because you rarely have to restore your backup, we still find it recommended for this target group.

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Backblaze is one of the easiest cloud storage providers out there. They offer recovery when things get bad, they have recovered 35 Billion files and counting 😱

Thierry DB

Terry is a creative professional. He loves trying new software and testing every feature it offers. He whips out his credit card to test these software so you don't have too. He also speaks about himself in the third person 😁

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