Zumo Drive – Online File Sync With a Twist

We have reviewed plenty of file sync options here. Today, we are going to look at a new entry in this vast field of established players.

ZumoDrive on the surface might seem like the other online storage options but comes with interesting differences.

One of the main reasons we usually look for online storage is to keep our data, be it documents, pictures, or music files be accessible on various devices we use – desktops, laptops, work computers, smart phones, Netbooks, etc.

Copying and keeping large amounts of data in sync is a humongous task and we shouldn’t have to put any effort into it. After all, it’s 2009, isn’t it?

How is Zumo Drive Different?

zumodrive-logoOther options like the excellent Dropbox works by syncing all your computers by copying the files across all devices over the network. This could mean a lot of network traffic if you add/delete a bunch of big files all the time, even though invisible to you.

Zumo Drive differs here by moving the data to the cloud – a server in the Internet. Now, you can see this data across all your computeres/devices just like it is on your local drive. And when you try to access the data in Zumo Drive, it is streamed over the Internet.

But, ZumoDive also takes into account for situations without an Internet connection. They use an intelligent algorith that figures popular documents with local devices and keeps them local so are never offline.

Just like Dropbox, ZumoDrive also keeps track of revision history for files so you can recover from deleted or old copies.

ZumoDrive Quick Features

  • All your music, photos, documents with you on – computers, netbooks, laptops & iPhone
  • Works even when you are low on disk space
  • Desktop apps like iTunes access ZumoDrive data just as if it was local
  • Instant photo albums across all devices
  • Get a free account with 1GB storage and more plans starting at $2.99/month
  • Works on Windows & Mac – iPhone version soon to be available.
  • Works even on iPhone – expand that 8GB or 16GB iPhone’s capacity

ZumoDrive Beta Invites

ZumoDrive is in private beta at the moment and I have a few invites to share with you. Just leave a comment and I’ll send one in a first come first serve basis.

Update: 02/23/09

ZumoDrive is now open for public and you don’t need an invite to sign up.

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24 Responses to “Zumo Drive – Online File Sync With a Twist”

  1. Keshav February 13, 2009 at 11:03 am #

    I’d like one invite. Thanks for the review K.

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  2. Carla February 13, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    I’d love an invite.

  3. K February 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    Keshav & Carla, thanks for dropping by. I sent you both an invite.

    David at ZumoDrive just hooked me up with 30 more invites. So there’s plenty to go around.

  4. Nancy February 13, 2009 at 8:00 pm #

    Sounds like it’s worth trying. I’d like an invite, please.
    Thanks

  5. Tamesis@The Lair of Tamasys February 13, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    This sounds interesting, especially with iPhone support coming. An invite would be great.

  6. Melissa McNatt February 13, 2009 at 11:08 pm #

    I would also appreciate an invite. Thanks for the terrific post.

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  7. IPBX Phone System February 14, 2009 at 4:53 am #

    Thank you for the info. i’m looking forward to the additional valueable information here. thank you

  8. Lesley Riley February 14, 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    thank you for sharing this with us. I would love an invite too!

  9. Zach February 15, 2009 at 10:21 am #

    Hi-

    Sounds very cool… I would love an invite to try it!

    Thanks,
    Zach

  10. Tamesis February 16, 2009 at 6:04 am #

    I’ve taken it for a spin, and I think that it is a really good service.
    Can’t wait for iPhone support.
    I think that it would be nice to get a slightly larger storage on the free version, but there are no ads, so I’m happy :)

  11. Karen February 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm #

    I’d love an invite! Thanks!

  12. N February 16, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    An invite would be great!! Thanks.

  13. Eddi February 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm #

    Thanks for this review. I would appreciate an invite.

  14. Zinthirius February 21, 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    I would like an invite. Thanks

  15. Dennis February 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    Is there an inivitation-code left? I would like to have one, if you don´t mind. Thanks in advance

  16. Bidet February 21, 2009 at 5:32 pm #

    Are you still giving out invites, it looks like a great site.

  17. Justin February 23, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    I’d love an invite if it’s still available.

    Thanks. Looks like it could save me some effort syncing FF across computers.

  18. Taylor February 27, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    Although it somewhat negates the “keep it in the cloud” mentality of ZumoDrive, I figured out a way to forcibly synchronize ZumoDrive and Dropbox by pointing them to the same location.

    This give me access to my files on Linux through Dropbox and iPhone through ZumoDrive since Windows and Mac are currently the only common supported OS.

  19. K February 27, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    Taylor,

    That is a nifty idea and I’m gonna try it out too. And I love the Stuey avatar. :-p

  20. Setai March 10, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    I still prefer portable hdds. Sure they’re more epensive and less portable (online filestorage is accesible from anywhere even if you don’t have it with you) but at least you’re not dependant on a good internet connection.

  21. Jordi March 18, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    Good morning,

    I was reading about ZumoDrive service and its very interesting for me because i use some different laptops ( home, work, desktop..) and it will be very useful.

    Could you send me an invitation please?
    Thank you

  22. K March 18, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    Hey Jordi, just sent you an invite to your email. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by here. :-)

  23. JamesM May 22, 2009 at 6:07 pm #

    Thanks for the tip – this would be ideal for sending files from my work to my home netbook (the IT department doesn’t like us using USB sticks)!

  24. Nuno November 13, 2009 at 9:00 am #

    Nice software. Does it have a free edition?

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