When comparing Microsoft OneDrive vs FreeFileSync, the Slant community recommends FreeFileSync for most people. In the question“What are the best personal file-syncing solutions?” FreeFileSync is ranked 14th while Microsoft OneDrive is ranked 17th.
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Pro Integrates with Microsoft Office software
It integrates with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc as if you were using OneDrive locally.
Pro Share files and folders easily
You can choose what files and folders to share with other people then send them a link.
Pro Unlimited storage for Office 365 users
Pro No setup for Windows 8/8.1/10
If you use Windows 8 or later, OneDrive is already built in your system and can be accessed via file explorer.
Pro Collaboration via Office 365
If you use Office 365 with OneDrive, you can share a file to edit collaboratively in real time.
Pro Offers 15GB of storage for free
Pro Photos taken with a smartphone can be set to automatically upload to OneDrive
When Android, iOS and Windows Phone users take a photo with their phone it can be set to automatically upload to OneDrive via app.
Pro Completely Free
Pro It supports realtime sync
It can be configured to constantly monitor two folders for changes and sync them instantly when a change is detected.
Pro It lets you program batch scripts
You can program your own jobs for execution as a script.
Pro Portable version available
Pro It supports case sensitive synchronization
For Unix-like systems.
It runs on Windows, Linux and MacOS.
Pro It supports long file paths
It can copy files and folders with more than 260 characters in their paths.
Pro It can copy locked files
It supports Volume Shadow Copy Service, meaning that it can copy files even if they are in use or otherwise locked.
Pro It supports versioning
Versioning is keeping multiple instances of the modifications of your files.
Pro It can sync both local disks and network shares
Pro It supports multiple protocols
It will work with MTP, FTP, SFTP, FTPS, and more.
Con Recycle bin doesn't support replace
Imagine you have 100 folders to be restored, and they cannot be restored because existing folder is already in your main folder and you intend to overwrite them but they don't support it.
Con Online OneDrive are slow
Compared to other cloud storage, the web interface of Onedrive is slow. It got a slight delay on every action like opening a folder, delete, etc.
Con Time limit for inactivity
Based on OneDrive's terms of service, no account login within one year will be automatically terminated.
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 No client for Linux
No client for Linux.
Con Old versions and deleted files aren't available online, just on one computer.
On some other services you can see previous versions and deleted files for a time, but with OneDrive, these are only available on the computer the edit was made. So if someone who has write permission on your shared folder deletes your stuff you just have to ask them to go in their recycle bin (and hope they didn't empty it!), which makes it less useful for teams.
Con Memory hog
It runs a little slow on computers who don't have much RAM available.
Con Limited built in history
The program only remembers the latest set of folders you synced, so you have to save your syncs or create batch files.
Con A little intimidating for novices
If you never ran a file syncing software, this can be a little tricky to configure as your first one.
Con No backup encryption
Con It doesn't run on older Linux systems
It's dependencies don't allow it to run on older systems.