Dropbox vs Mozy vs SugarSync: File Sync and Backup Comparison

Updated: September 2012

Three of the most widely used file sync, backup, and share services are compared here side-by-side: Dropbox, Mozy, and SugarSync. Depending on how much and how often you plan to sync, backup, or share files, one of these services may be more suited to your needs.

Specifically, the free features, the paid features, the pricing, and the overall value are compared. All three services offer both free and paid packages. First, a brief overview of SugarSync, Mozy, and Dropbox, followed by a side-by-side comparison of all three services.

SugarSync: Free and Paid Plans, Features and Pricing

SugarSync is a file sync service that includes features such as real-time file sync and backup, file and folder sharing, access from multiple computers, and mobile device versions of SugarSync software.

The security of your files is maintained through the use of strong encryption during file transfers and for file storage on SugarSync’s servers.

SugarSync offers a completely free plan with limited storage space, as well as free 30-day trials for each of its paid plans that include various larger amounts of storage space.

The paid plans from SugarSync (try FREE for 30 days) all provide identical features, with the only difference between them being the amount of storage space included. Plans can be paid for once a month or once a year, but paying for the year is cheaper, where you can save about 16.5% per year, compared to paying monthly.

SugarSync – Paid Plans:

  • “30 GB” Plan
    • per month: $4.99/month; equal to $59.88 for one year
    • per year: $49.99/year; save $9.89 compared to paying monthly (get 2 months free)
  • “60 GB” Plan
    • per month: $9.99/month; equal to $119.88 for one year
    • per year: $99.99/year; save $19.89 compared to paying monthly (get 2 months free)
  • “100 GB” Plan
    • per month: $14.99/month; equal to $179.88 for one year
    • per year: $149.99/year; save $29.89 compared to paying monthly (get 2 months free)
  • “250 GB” Plan
    • per month: $24.99/month; equal to $299.88 for one year
    • per year: $249.99/year; save $49.89 compared to paying monthly (get 2 months free)
  • “500 GB” Plan
    • per month: $39.99/month; equal to $479.88 for one year
    • per year: $399.99/year; save $79.89 compared to paying monthly (get 2 months free)

Save 10% OFF the first year of SugarSync online backup!
This promo offer applies to signups for the 30 GB, 60 GB, 100 GB, and 250 GB SugarSync subscription plans. Click the above link to sign up and get the 10% discount from SugarSync.

SugarSync – Free Plans:

There are more details on SugarSync Free and Paid accounts in the side-by-side comparison below. Also see how SugarSync compares with Carbonite online backup here.

Mozy Home: Free and Paid Plans, Features and Pricing


Mozy is a file backup service, that is focused on reliable and secure backup of your important files.

Using Mozy’s automatic and scheduled backups, your files are always safe, in case of a computer hard drive failure, or if your computer (desktop or laptop) is lost, stolen, damaged, or otherwise inaccessible.

As Mozy’s service is focused on backup of desktops and laptops, there are currently no device-specific software versions of Mozy available for mobile devices. Internet file sharing is also not a feature of Mozy.

However, if backup and protection of your files is your main goal, then other services are not currently better than Mozy when it comes to the strength of encryption used for file transfers and file storage, while offering large amounts of storage space for its paid accounts.

Mozy offers a completely free plan with limited storage space (MozyHome Free), as well as paid plans with limited storage that can be expanded (MozyHome 50 GB and MozyHome 125 GB). Pricing on MozyHome paid plans vary depending on your choice of payment terms, where you can save money by purchasing longer-term plans.

MozyHome 50 GB – Paid Plan:

  • Monthly Plan: $5.99/month for 50 GB storage space; equal to $71.88 for one year
  • 1 Year Plan (Annual): $65.89/year for 50 GB storage space; save $5.99 compared to the Monthly Plan (get 1 month free)
  • 2 Year Plan (Biennial): $125.79/2-years for 50 GB storage space (equal to $62.89/year) ; save $17.97 compared to the Monthly Plan (get 3 months free)

MozyHome 125 GB – Paid Plan:

  • Monthly Plan: $9.99/month for 125 GB storage space; equal to $119.88 for one year
  • 1 Year Plan (Annual): $109.89/year for 125 GB storage space; save $9.99 compared to the Monthly Plan (get 1 month free)
  • 2 Year Plan (Biennial): $209.79/2-years for 125 GB storage space (equal to $104.89/year) ; save $29.97 compared to the Monthly Plan (get 3 months free)

For the MozyHome 50 GB and 125 GB plans (1 Year Plan and 2 Year Plan):

  • Add additional computers for $2 per month per computer, up to a maximum of 5 computers.
  • Add an additional 20 GB of space for $2 per month.

MozyHome Free:

There are more details on MozyHome Free and Unlimited accounts in the side-by-side comparison below.

Dropbox: Free and Paid Plans, Features and Pricing

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Dropbox is a file sync service that is most similar to SugarSync. Like SugarSync, it features real-time file sync and backup, file and folder sharing, access from multiple computers, and mobile device versions of SugarSync software.

Dropbox offers both free accounts and paid accounts, with the difference between account types being the amount of storage space included.

Dropbox Pro Account:

  • “Pro 50” – 50 GB of storage space
    • per month: $9.99/month; equal to $119.88 for one year
    • per year: $99.00/year; save $20.88 compared to paying monthly (get 2 months free)
  • “Pro 100” – 100 GB of storage space
    • per month: $19.99/month; equal to $239.88 for one year
    • per year: $199.00/year; save $40.88 compared to paying monthly (get 2 months free)

Dropbox Free Account

  • 2 GB of free storage space for a new Dropbox free account

Click here to sign up for a free Dropbox account and get an extra 500 MB of storage space, for a total of 2.5 GB of storage space.

(Note: You must use the above link to sign up for a new account and also install the Dropbox desktop application to your computer, in order to get the 500 MB bonus from Dropbox.)

For more details on Dropbox Free and Pro accounts, see the side-by-side comparison below. There are several differences between Dropbox and both SugarSync and Mozy, and these are detailed in the side-by-side comparison below.

Key Free Feature Comparison: SugarSync, Mozy, Dropbox

Try SugarSync Free!
SugarSync – Free
Mozy
MozyHome – Free
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Dropbox – Free
Free
Account
Size
5 GB
(Sign up here for an extra 500 MB free)
2 GB 2 GB
(Sign up here for an extra 500 MB free)
File
Update
Method
Real-Time Sync and Backup of Updated Files[option to also back up files without sync] Automatic and Scheduled Backups Real-Time Sync and Backup of Updated Files
Maximum
File Size
For Uploading
Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited – if using desktop software300 MB – if using
website to upload
File Types All File Types All File Types All File Types
Past File
Versions
Saved
Current file version, plus 5 previous file versions can be restored. All file versions from past 30 days can be restored. All file versions from past 30 days can be restored.
Access From Multiple
Computers
Unlimited number of computers per free account. Up to 2 computers
per free account.
Unlimited number of computers per free account.
Incremental File Updating Yes – Updates changed portions of files. Yes – Updates changed portions of files. Yes – Updates changed portions of files.
Encrypted
File Transfer
Yes – SSL Yes – SSL Yes – SSL
Encrypted
File Storage
Yes – 128-bit AES encryption Yes – 256-bit AES encryption or 448-bit Blowfish encryption Yes – 256-bit AES encryption
Public
File Sharing
Yes – Share files or folders, with SugarSync members or non-members.
(Public Links – 25 MB max, Secure Links – no limit).
No Yes – Share files or folders, with Dropbox members or non-members. Any uploaded file can be shared; no size limits.
Android Version Yes Yes Yes
iPhone Version Yes Yes Yes
iPad Version Yes Yes Yes
Blackberry Version Yes No Yes
Windows Mobile Version Yes No Use Mobile Website
Symbian Version Yes No Use Mobile Website
Learn more about SugarSync Learn more about MozyHome Learn more about Dropbox

Key Paid Feature Comparison: SugarSync, Mozy, Dropbox

Try SugarSync Free!
SugarSync – Paid
Mozy
MozyHome – Paid
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Dropbox Pro
Free Trial for Paid Plans Yes – Free 30-Day Trial For All Paid Plans No – See MozyHome Free (above) for a free option. No – See Dropbox free accounts (above) for a free option
Paid
Account
Size
30 GB
60 GB
100 GB
250 GB
500 GB
50 GB
125 GB
100 GB
200 GB
500 GB
Monthly Prices 30 GB – $4.99/mth
60 GB – $9.99/mth
100 GB – $14.99/mth
250 GB – $24.99/mth
500 GB – $39.99/mth
50 GB – $5.99/mth
125 GB – $9.99/mth
Add 20 GB for $2/mth.
100 GB – $9.99/mth
200 GB – $19.99/mth
500 GB – $49.99/mth
Yearly
Prices[save money
compared to monthly prices]
[Get 2 Months Free]
30 GB – $49.99/yr
60 GB – $99.99/yr
100 GB – $149.99/yr
250 GB – $249.99/yr
500 GB – $399.99/yr
[Get 1 Month Free]
50 GB – $65.89/yr
125 GB – $109.89/yr[Get 3 Months Free]
50 GB – $125.79/2-yrs
125 GB– $209.79/2-yrs
[Get 2 Months Free]
[Save 17%]
100 GB – $99.00/yr
200 GB – $199.00/yr
500 GB – $499.00/yr
Past File
Versions
Saved
Current version, plus previous 5 versions of each file are saved. Previous 30 days of file versions are saved. Previous 30 days of file versions are saved.[Option to save all earlier file versions, with the Pack-Rat add-on.]
Number Of
Computers
Allowed
Access
Per Paid
Account
Unlimited number of computers per paid account.[No extra cost per computer added.] Max 5 computers per paid account.50 GB – Includes 1 computer for backup.

125 GB – Includes 3 computers for backup.

[Add a computer for an extra $2/month.]

Unlimited number of computers per paid account.[No extra cost per computer added.]
Incremental
File Updating
Yes – Updates changed portions of files. Yes – Updates changed portions of files. Yes – Updates changed portions of files.
Encrypted File Transfer Yes – SSL Yes – SSL Yes – SSL
Encrypted File Storage Yes – 128-bit AES encryption Yes – 256-bit AES encryption or 448-bit Blowfish encryption Yes – 256-bit AES encryption
Public
File Sharing
Yes – Share files or folders, with SugarSync members or non-members.
(Public Links – 2GB max, Secure Links – no limit).
No Yes – Share files or folders, with Dropbox members or non-members. Any uploaded file can be shared; no size limits.
Mobile Versions Of
Software
Android, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Symbian devices have mobile software versions.Other devices can use the mobile version of the website. Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch have mobile versions of software that uses the Mozy encryption key, for users in the US and Canada. Android, iPhone, iPad, and Blackberry have mobile versions of software.Windows Mobile, Symbian and other devices can use the mobile version of the website.
Learn more about SugarSync Learn more about MozyHome Learn more about Dropbox

Choose Between SugarSync, Mozy, and Dropbox

Your choice between SugarSync, Mozy, and Dropbox may depend on which factors are most important to you:

  • the ability to sync files in real-time
  • file sharing options
  • the ability to recover deleted files
  • amount of storage space
  • backup details
  • mobile device access
  • price
Mozy

MozyHome, for example, features competitive amounts of storage space, that can be increased at anytime for low cost. Since its main purpose is for backup, it does not offer dedicated mobile options. If your main interest is in file backup, you want some flexibility in the amount of storage space you are paying for, and you have no real need for mobile access, then MozyHome is probably a good fit.

Try SugarSync Free!

On the other hand, if you require file synchronization that is accessible from many devices including mobile ones, then SugarSync offers many mobile options while having comparable features. While SugarSync does not offer unlimited storage, SugarSync’s plans do offer quite large amounts of storage space, that could be more than enough to suit your needs.

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Similarly, Dropbox shares many common features with both Mozy and SugarSync, but the combination of storage space, pricing, and other details may fit your requirements better. For instance, on its paid Dropbox Pro plans, Dropbox offers the option to save all previous versions of all files you have synced with Dropbox, as opposed to having a time limit or a maximum number of versions saved.

SugarSync, Mozy, and Dropbox are all strong and secure choices for online file sync and backup. But there are some differences between them, which may make one of them fit your file sync/backup needs better than the others.

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    1. Yes, I think we are in agreement here. But I also see where there could be confusion, and I have since edited that line.

      Like you said, I wrote that the limit for the number of computers is “up to 5 computers per paid account”, for MozyHome Unlimited. In the next sentence I wrote that “Each computer added requires buying an additional license for $4.95/month.”

      It’s now clarified to say: “Includes 1 computer for backup. Add more up to the limit of 5 computers per paid account. Each computer added costs an additional $4.95/month.”

      Thanks for the input.

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