When comparing Arq vs OneDrive, the Slant community recommends Arq for most people. In the question“What are the best cloud backup services?” Arq is ranked 4th while OneDrive is ranked 17th. The most important reason people chose Arq is:
No privacy concerns.
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Pro Only you know the encryption password
No privacy concerns.
Amazon services offer solutions with almost 100% durability and 99.99% availability. Even if the system loses data-centers, you will still be able to access your files.
Pro Can store data directly in a variety of cloud storage providers
Arq is client-side software that runs on your computer and talks directly to generic cloud data storage providers. No third-party service in the middle means lower costs, better reliability, lower risk of a service ceasing to operate, ease of migration to other storage targets.
- Amazon Glacier and/or S3
- Google Cloud Storage
- S3-Compatible Server
- SFTP Server
Pro Open document format backups
Unlike other backup programs that store data in proprietary formats, Arq stores them in an open document format allowing for easy viewing.
Pro Collaboration via Office 365
If you use Office 365 with OneDrive, you can share a file to edit collaboratively in real time.
Pro Microsoft Office integration
It integrates with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc as if you were using OneDrive locally.
Pro Full integration in Windows 10
Once setup OneDrive folder and local folders can be the same slowing for seamlessly integration into Windows OS.
Pro Automatic photo uploads from phone
When Android, iOS and Windows Phone users shoot a photo with their phone it is automatically uploaded to OneDrive via app.
Pro Music file syncs with Groove Music
Music files put in the Music folder in OneDrive sync with Groove Music.
Pro No setup for Windows 8/8.1
If you use Windows 8 or 8.1, OneDrive is already built in your system and can be accessed via file explorer.
Con Complicated setup
When it comes to ease of use most cloud backup service are pretty easy as it is just one signup, with Arc you need to download install and activate it to then register for an Amazon account, this extra step may be troublesome to some people or just annoying.
Con Strictest code of conduct
Terms of Service forbid any kind of nudity, or that incites, advocates, or expresses pornography or racism among other things.
Con Becomes slower when it picks up a "Linux" user-agent
This may be intentional by Microsoft to force OneDrive users to use Windows. When OneDrive picks up a "Linux" user-agent it becomes slow whereas when from the same computer and browser it picks up a "Windows" user-agent it becomes considerably faster.