Syncbox: Make Your Own Personal Cloud Storage Network On Your Hard Disk

When I talk to people about cloud storage, I usually get skeptical glances. Some people don’t use it because they simply don’t need it, while others remain silent, probably because they don’t have a clue of what I’m talking about. And then a few keep complaining about limited free cloud space at disposal and that companies should find a way to provide them with more. Bigger is always better, they say. Obviously, you can opt for paid subscriptions if free account doesn’t satiate your storage appetite, and all the major cloud services, including Dropbox, SkyDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive or Google Drive, offer paid storage plans. However, if you own a large hard drive and just want to access files placed on that drive from any place with internet connectivity, then Syncbox is a feasible solution. Contrary to other cloud services, it lets you create your own cloud – a server or central computer from where you are able to access and sync content using your notebook, Mac, Android or iOS devices. The procedure to setup the server and client is also straightforward, and the application provides two way syncing, as well.

Clients for Sycnbox are available for almost every major platform, but the server application is Windows only. To get started, first download and install server application on your PC. The developers have provided complete guidelines on how to set up the server on your PC, and the process doesn’t require much effort. You’d be required to assign Syncbox ID and password to the server application in order to grant access to the client apps. It automatically assigns you a default ID, but you may substitute it with a custom one. If you opt for Quick Install, the application provides Syncbox ID, DDNS key and Data location on its own. Advanced users, on the other hand, can select Custom Install to manually set up everything from scratch.

Syncbox Server Setup

Once the initial configuration is done, the server resides on your system tray and hosts the selected drive location as cloud storage. From its right-click context menu, you can see your Syncbox ID, access Gallery and Event, open Syncbox Folder, as well open up Control Panel.

Syncbox Server_System Tray

Control Panel allows you to change default Syncbox folder location, Reset Password and input a custom Port under Network tab.

Syncbox server_control panel


Client application for Windows doesn’t require configuring any complicated settings. You just need your assigned Syncbox ID and password to connect both Server and Client to each other.

Syncbox Client_System Tray

Synching files between Server and Client is no further than placing them in the Syncbox folder. You can use the default Public directory or create your own to keep everything organized. As mentioned earlier, the application provides two way synchronization, which means you can sync files from server to client and vice versa.

Syncbox_Synced

Syncbox is an excellent software to make your hard drive work as a cloud. Clients for the application are available on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.

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  • chefivan

    What if the hard drive crashes? I think that is what the major cloud services have as an advantage.

    • http://www.addictivetips.com Aatif Khan

      Very true. However, a solution like Syncbox would hardly ever be used for “cloud storage” needs. As the article points out, you’re more likely to employ this kind of a solution when you just want to access huge amounts of data remotely, without going through the hassle of first uploading it somewhere before you’re able to grab it back. Then again, it’s the users own choice of whichever method they prefer.

    • BobGeldof

      Raid.

  • Tech Checkers

    404 on the .exe download (!?)

  • Tech Checkers

    404 on the .exe download (!?)

  • http://www.facebook.com/franklover Mahmood Shahid

    is there any method to use own hosting as private cloud for android?

    • http://www.MakeGameServer.com/ Max Maxymenko

      You can also use HFS.

  • iso-nisse

    Does anyone
    know of a similar software for use with a small company… say like 10 people
    so they all get their own private cloud that is hosted on the company
    fileserver?

  • http://twitter.com/seanscott83 sean scott

    Does the server support symlinks/junctions? I would love to replace
    Dropbox with this service running on my Windows Home Server. If you
    could create the syncbox folder and then symlink all of my server shared
    folders, this would be perfect.

    Also, do you need to use DDNS or can you simply enter a domain name/static IP?

  • nick3499

    syncbox is geared for home cloud computing, where a single desktop computer could serve as a server with lots of harddrive space for multiple user access—a family cloud. which seems safer than the free cloud space online.

  • rob

    I have tried to install on three different machines it will not populate the syncbox ID no matter what I do. Is there another way to get a syncbox ID?