Tech Hack: For Free – How to Get Unlimited Sharing Space via Dropbox and BitTorrent Sync
Yes, another life hack for ya.
This one I discovered by experimenting around.
So, I know you guys have heard of BitTorrent… (Let’s face it, WHO HASN’T?!?!).
But there is another company called BitTorrent Sync and it lets you share UNLIMITED FILES between devices FOR FREE. You heard me folks. FREE UNLIMITED SHARING BETWEEN DEVICES!
Wait wait, hold on a minute, I forgot to mention the caveat… you need to keep that computer on or the device has to be turned on for the sharing to commence. The shared files are not going to be uploaded into “THE CLOUD”. Instead your device will be the actual place where the files are stored.
Why is this useful?
Because now you don’t need to remotely sign into your other computer any longer to grab that file. It acts just like dropbox but without the cloud.
THEN IT GETS INTERESTING…
I was thinking, hmmm, I do have several computers I keep on within the warehouse (just because there is no point turning them off and on everyday). I have people who do NOT have a dropbox with unlimited space given to them so when I share my files (My dropbox is at 56 GB), they usually can’t see all my files because their dropbox is limited to 2.5GB as the free version.
What I do is I download BitTorrent Sync and designate the Syncing folders to be my DROPBOX FOLDER. ANY changes I make via dropbox is synced automatically into the cloud and then consequently updated on the computers that remain powered ON. ANY changes my friends/workers make in regards to any sync’d files are automatically updated on all MY devices with dropbox.
Is this getting confusing for you? I hope not.
Here is a simple EXPLANATION:
Computer 2 (Receives unlimited syncing) <—–> BitTorrent Sync’d NON-CLOUD Files (Unlimited Syncing) <—> Dropbox’s CLOUD Files (Limited to Your Dropbox’s Account) on your computer ==EQUALS== Make any changes to any dropbox files, Computer #2 will receive those changes and those files WITHOUT having a dropbox account.
Because most of people I share with on dropbox aren’t so ballin’ as to have 59.9 GBs (Free from friends accepting invitations and other promotional offers dropbox let me utilize), whenever I share with them any dropbox folder theirs automatically run out of space.
This is a very useful work-around. They can get your files whenever any computer containing the files is turned ON. As if it’s like a folder on their desktop that automatically updates everytime they turn on their desktop/whatever else device they use.
There is no need to do a work-around if you have the money to invest in Dropbox’s Business Accounts. $9/month for 100 GB sounds great when you want the luxury of getting access to files whether or not the computer these files are on are powered on or off. However, with BitTorrent Sync you can keep your computer on and have others get UNLIMITED/ NO SIZE LIMIT access to only those designed files. If you follow my hack and you combine the two, if the computer is not on, you still have access to these files. The only downside is your worker/friend might not have access if they have a limited dropbox account.
Even though I wrote about this work-around.. I really have to pay homage to Dropbox. Because of them, many businesses simply EXIST on a BETTER more PRODUCTIVE level. They are awesome!
What have I been up to? I went climbing in Big Bear. AAAAnd had quite a blast celebrating a friend’s bday!: