At times you may feel the need to transfer/move files hosted on one provider to another provider. It may happen that you want to transfer files directly from Dropbox to SugarSync, without downloading them to your local computer, and fortunately this is now possible with the help of Backup Box.
Of course you can always download the files to your local computer first and then upload them to a new server or provider, but this is a manual task and it may take more time compared to direct server to server transfer. This is because your home computer’s upload and download speed would be limited, compared to the speed of Internet servers. Servers can transfer even large files very speedily and that’s where Backup Box, which claims to “move your stuff from anything to anywhere” comes to the scene.
Why Use Backup Box
Backup Box is a service which allows you to directly transfer files between different cloud storage providers like Dropbox, Box, SugarSync, Google Drive and SkyDrive. That’s not all, you can also transfer files from servers that can be accessed via FTP, SFTP and MySQL. Here are some of the features of Backup Box:
- Transfer/migrate files from different cloud storage providers.
- Transfer files form anywhere to anything. For example, from Box to Dropbox.
- Backup your entire website.
- Backup your website’s databases.
- Speedy transfers and less manual work.
- Backup your entire website to cloud storage provider.
- No need to install anything, everything works via the web interface.
How Backup Box Works
Head over to Backup Box, enter email address and password and then click on “Create Account.” Once signed-up, you need to follow the steps to connect/authorize different accounts of yours. If you’re adding cloud storage service, then you’ll need to authorize the cloud provider and if it is a custom FTP/SFTP then you’ll need to add those details here. The FTP, SFTP and MySQL information will be stored on the website itself.
Once step 1 is complete, you’ll need to complete step 2 also by adding and authorizing another service/provider. Finally in the step 3, you can start transferring files between your added cloud storages or FTP accounts.
Transfer all the files or select particular files to transfer them. Click on the “Transfer now” button to start the transfer process now or click on the “schedule this transfer” button to schedule this transfer process at a later date. If you selected the schedule feature, then Backup Box can schedule transfers per hour, day, week or month, based on your choice.
Click on the “Archive and timestamp this transfer” check box to zip the file and timestamp the transfer. This is very useful if you’re running low on storage space on a cloud provider.
There are no file size limits imposed by Backup Box, but your cloud providers may impose file size limits. For example, Box has a file size limit of 100 MB.
Free account users are limited to transfer up to 1 GB. This limitation can be bypassed by purchasing a pro account.
Overall Backup Box is a very good service/web app that can be used to transfer files between different providers on the Internet.