Transfer Dropbox Data to Google Drive

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I need to migrate a client from Dropbox to Google Drive and am looking for a utility to do a cloud to cloud sync. I've looked at a dozen or so apps that do what I'm looking for, but choosing one seems like a crapshoot. They all seem to have some type of limitation, either low data caps, bandwidth throttling, lack of technical support. I'm hoping someone can recommend an app or service you've actually used or have confidence in. It doesn't have to be free.

This is to move approximately 700 GB of data and would be a one-time sync. Dependability, speed, trustworthiness, and support are the key things I'm looking for. Any suggestions are appreciated.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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This is to move approximately 700 GB of data and would be a one-time sync

One time makes this easy to comprehend. Get a 1 TB USB Hard drive (inexpensive and reusable). Copy the Dropbox data to the USB hard drive. Time but no limitations. Now copy it back to Google.
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A client of mine had a very similar need about a year or so ago (only about ~150 GB of data though) and needed to transfer from Dropbox Business to OneDrive. He ended up settling on a service called MultCloud. I helped him through the process at the time and it was quite easy. I just had a look to double check and see that MultCloud also supports Dropbox to Google Drive transfers as well.

He only kept his account for a month because once his data was transferred, he cancelled his dropbox service because the job was done. Transferring by downloading to a local drive and uploading again wasn't an option due to the lousy upload speeds we have here in Australia.

Speed of transfer was pretty good and you can sync one way or both. Not the cheapest solution around, but support was quite good. Looking at their Pricing Page it looks like your cheapest option would be a Yearly Unlimited Data Traffic account for $119.90 to transfer all of your data in one swoop, unless you wanted to purchase a monthly plan and stagger the amount of data transferred each month so as not to exceed your monthly limit. Was quite a good service from the limited use I experienced with it.

Hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew

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Thank  you for the response, John. That won't work well for us because the last time we did something similar, it took days just to upload to Dropbox, the computer was tied up during that time, plus it severely degraded internet service at client site during the upload. That's the main reason I'm looking for a cloud to cloud sync, so it won't use up bandwidth or the PC at client location.
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Andrew, Multicloud was one of the services I looked at, but I did not recognize that the yearly plan was unlimited and could be cancelled after a month. Thanks for pointing that out. Initially I was leaning toward cloudhq.net and using the same method. I'll wait and see if any more suggestions come in and, if not, I'll choose between one of those two. The fact that you actually used the service  and were happy with it is good info.
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No worries CTSLA. I've never used cloudhq.net so can't comment on how well that may work, but I can say that it was a very simple process with MultCloud. We just connected both Dropbox and OneDrive and then started the sync. Worked very well and no issues or support was needed.

Good luck.

Regards, Andrew
Hi,

There is an application called ifttt (If this then that) you can use it to sync between Dropbox and G drive.
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I found the best way is to use the sync client for each product.  

The only caveat is you need to be on Dropbox business or pro. If you don't have it, it may be worth purchasing for a month. I think there is a free trial too.  The new Google Drive client is also a sync client.  

The sync client's allow you to view files as if they are local but they are in the cloud.  I recently moved about 150 gigs this way by dragging and dropping.  It does take a while because there is encryption taking place.  There were a few files that did not make it and there was a log. The files didn't make it were odd ball files that were either already damaged or tiny text files I think came from a Mac OS drive.

That was my one time solution.
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Andrew, how long did it take to transfer that 150gig using multcloud?
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@Scott

Andrew, how long did it take to transfer that 150gig using multcloud?

About 3 days from memory. Might have been two but I can't be certain now sorry as it was a fair while ago.

Regards, Andrew
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Thanks Andrew.

I had an opportunity to try this service to move about 230 Gig from Dropbox to OneDrive.  I have done this in the past and it took the better part of a work day, maybe slightly more.  

I was not impressed using multcloud:
  • The service was slow, took almost 3 days
  • Getting support was slow, 12 to 15 hours to return an email, no phone support or chat
  • The UI is terrible for managing your account
  • Nowhere on the site does it explain about what the speed should be
  • Support suggested stopping and restarting (remember this is about 13 hours after I started because it takes so long for them to return an email
  • I have replied 2 other times to their email "help" which was very vague and lacking any details that getting "support" was moot
  • Apparently there is a point where you have to wait to make sure the payment goes through before starting to get the best speed?

I would not suggest this service. It is a waste of $20 that could have been done just as fast and easily as manual.
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Thanks for your feedback Scott. In Australia, particularly before the NBN rollout, upload speeds have always been less than ordinary, averaging a maximum of 2-3 megabytes. When you compare against that type of performance, it's easy to be impressed with a transfer of 150GB over 2 or 3 days. Your comments about support are of particular interest. I never had to use support.

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We ended up using CloudHQ. It worked as advertised and was fast enough. I think there is not much difference between CloudHQ and the MultCloud Andrew suggested. Thank you to everyone for the input.

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