Review of JustCloud - free cloud storage


Are you looking for a free cloud storage service? Take a look at our review of JustCloud, another professional cloud storage service that offers plenty of free storage space in the cloud.

I was looking for some more free and secure cloud storage services since I didn't want to depend on just one service. I am using DropBox and OneDrive to backup some of our data but wanted to have some alternate options for certain files that I wanted to keep in a secure storage other than DropBox and OneDrive.

My search for a free and secure cloud storage took me to JustCloud, which looks pretty impressive so far. Let us take a close look at what JustCloud offers for free and what do we get by upgrading to a business plan.

Signup for JustCloud


Signing up for JustCloud is easy and straight forward. Visit their website and click on their "Sign Up" link located at the top right corner. A name, email id and a password is good enough to get started with your free cloud storage account.

Sign up with http://www.justcloud.com

Once you create an account, you will get an email with the information to download and install their client utility. This utility will take care of backing up your files without much manual intervention, except for the initial configuration. If you missed that email, visit this page to download the JustCloud client app - https://my.justcloud.com/download.

Once you install the JustCloud app, it takes less than a minute to login and configure the backup settings using the app.

The first step is to login to the application using the credentials you used while creating an account at their website.

JustCloud - free cloud storage

After you login, you can select the folders and files in the next step. You may either leave the default selections (pictures, documents etc) or choose the custom folders. You can change your selections any time later.

JustCloud free cloud storage

Once you complete the initial configuration, you are ready to start your cloud backup. Depending on the number of files in the folders, it may take few minutes or several hours to complete the initial backup.

Settings


There are a bunch of advanced settings available.

Scheduling: You can choose how often you want the upgrades to run. You can choose daily back up or schedule it the way you want. Manual option is also possible. There is a hourly option, which is available only for paid customers.

Max file size and file type exclusion: If you don't want to use your bandwidth to upload unusually big files, you can use this option to restrict the maximum file size. JustCloud will skip any files bigger than your configured size while saving the files to the cloud server. There is another option to exclude certain file types.

Maximum file size allowed for free account is 1 GB per file.

Exclude file types from JustCloud

Background options: JustCloud allows you to select a few configurations:

1. Run backup only when a screen saver is activated.

2. Stop backup when running on battery power.


Advantages of JustCloud over DropBox


JustCloud has several advantages over DropBox.

1. Options to exclude large files

2. Option to exclude files by file type (file extension)

3. Adjust file sync according to the system resource usage. With JustCloud, you can control how fast you want the files to be uploaded.

4. JustCloud's explorer integration allows you to right click on any folder or file in your explorer and allows you to add to backup list or remove from backup list.

5. Incremental backup feature in JustCloud uploads only the portion of the file that is changed instead of uploading a big file every time it is changed. (I haven't tested this feature yet).

If you don't need a huge storage and can live with the free 1 Gb storage offered by JustCloud, it is a good free cloud storage service with some great features. There are several upgrade options available, which you can activate feature by feature by paying only for the selected features.

Sign up for a free cloud storage account with JustCloud.


Article by Tony John
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Comments

Author: Manoj Prajapati28 Oct 2014 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Does it give free trial account for a limited period? And after how long it will ask you to buy this free cloud service?

Author: Tony John28 Oct 2014 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 0

Manoj,

They have the free storage, which allows 1 Gb for free. You can use this free service without any time limits. Only if you want upgraded features you need to pay and upgrade.

Author: Manoj Prajapati30 Oct 2014 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

It is better than I thought, but what is the upload and download speed of JustCloud?
I would like to know maximum upload speed of sequence of files and a single file. Also maximum download speed of sequence of files and a single file. My internet speed is 2.5Mbps, don't answer according to my internet speed, but answer according to maximum speed of JustCloud.

Author: Sridhar Belide23 Nov 2014 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

It is good to use cloud services. But as we have Google Drive which is integrated with Gmail and offers us 15 GB of free space, why to use other cloud services?

One more is other cloud services needs an installation of app in the desktop which is not necessary for Google Drive. Apart from the space concern, how other cloud services are better when compared to Google Drive?



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