Are file syncing services the same as backup?

by | Feb 15, 2018 | Small Business IT

Are file syncing services the same as backup?

Google Drive, Dropbox, and other file sync and share services are becoming popular places to store files. These services have value when used for their intended purpose, but they are often mistaken as offsite backup.

A simple online search will expose many stories about file syncing services losing files. Unfortunately, in most cases, it’s only when a company needs to restore their data that they realise the services’ inability to guarantee safety.

A professional backup solution, unlike a file sync service, will offer security, reliability, and flexibility.

File sync and share

File syncing services are intended to aid productivity by allowing two or more people to sync files, allowing collaboration on a project. If you were to use these services as a backup solution, you wouldn’t know what files or when your files were synced. This means that when it comes to restoring your data, you wouldn’t know what the data is or when it was from.

Further to this, file sync services only sync flat files; they don’t sync databases, and they certainly don’t sync your entire machine. They’re unable to restore all your data from scratch if your premises is flooded, your laptop is lost, or you experience data loss for many other reasons. This is because there’s lots of restrictions. File sync services restrict the size, amount, and type of files, as well as the devices you can sync to.

Another issue occurs when it comes to the restore; files can only be restored individually. This means you have to select each separate file and the version you wish to restore. This makes a mass restore – or even restoring just a handful of files – an annoying, time-consuming process that is subject to human error.


We offer Clunk Click Online Pro, a professional backup solution that guarantees security, flexibility, and reliability. Clunk Click can backup your laptops, desktops and servers, and also provides a comprehensive log of what has been backed up. We receive notifications confirming successful backup or alerting us to any issues. This means that any problems can be solved promptly.

Clunk Click Online Pro is also without the restriction. You’re able to backup any amount of any type of data from multiple devices in a completely secure, encrypted format. You can also easily scale up and down the amount of storage that you have, so you only pay for what you use.

Don’t make a bad day worse!

A day when you have to restore files is bound to be a bad one. Remember that file sync and share services were designed to allow collaboration and do not guarantee data restoration. Don’t make that bad day worse by realising this too late.

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