When comparing Arq vs pCloud, the Slant community recommends Arq for most people. In the question“What are the best cloud backup services?” Arq is ranked 7th while pCloud is ranked 13th. 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 No file size limits
Allows you to store your HD videos, FLAC music files, and large documents.
Pro Lifetime options for storage space
Pro Other users can upload files to your storage
Have others upload files directly to your account from any browser using "Upload links".
Backup and use your files from any device with Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iOS.
Pro Very reliable
Pro No synchronization speed limits
Sync files as fast as your internet plan allows you to.
Pro Rewind option for FREE
Rewind option is possible for free up to 15 days back in time, 30 days back with Premium plans and you can pay for a whole year of file versioning only 39 EUR!
Pro Easy Sharing
A lot of sharing options between accounts and other non-pCloud-users.
Pro Branding of Download links
Cool branding feature possible for the videos and pictures :)
Pro Desktop app doesn't take space on hard disk
Computers see it as a network drive.
Pro Free 20gb of storage
Higher than all the other cloud services except Mega.
Pro 2tb storage and 2tb bandwidth
Unlike all the other clouds this makes it great for sharing large files. To lots of people.
Pro Free bandwidth with ads
This is nice if you don't care about what is people see on the page when you share the file and you have large files to send.
Pro WebDAV access
Files can be accessed using WebDAV (although there is a limitation at the moment that prevents access via WebDAV if two-factor authentication is set up.. hopefully to be resolved in the near future).
Pro Linux client
Support for all file systems and distributions.
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 Software develoment has bad QA
The fact the mapping issue even exists is a token of bad QA in software development.
Con Adds drivemapping without asking
The desktop app adds a P: drivemapping without asking for confirmation. Dangerous (not to say totally irresponsible) in case you already have a drive mapped.