There is no love for Bitcasa out there anymore and users are now appearing to be leaving in droves. Browsing through the Bitcasa forums or doing a search on Twitter will turn up a torrent of colourful tweets directed at them. Some of my favourites:
My fav storage service @Bitcasa is extorting me ("pay or we delete your files") for $1000. Cryptolocker (randsomeware) only wanted $250 =(
— AshtonC (@ashtonc) October 24, 2014
— Austin Fonacier (@austinrfnd) October 24, 2014
There is even a post on Reddit about a possible class action lawsuit. I am no lawyer so I don’t know if there is any chance of that moving forward, but if it does it needs to happen fast if users want to stop Bitcasa from deleting their data.
The reality is that Bitcasa wants these users to go. Bitcasa more and more has become focused on the business to business side of cloud storage with deals like Samsung and many others. Losing the consumer side of their business is probably one of their long term goals.
Perhaps the biggest problem most users of Bitcasa are now facing is how to get their data back before the deadline of November 16th comes and their data is deleted. Many of these users believed Bitcasa and used the service as their cloud hard drive. Their only copies of many of the files are only on Bitcasa. Transferring large amounts of data out of Bitcasa seems to have slowed their network and many users are complaining on the forum they simply don’t have enough time to get their data back.
For those users that still want their data in the cloud there are some alternatives to Bitcasa but be prepared for a price increase and the reality you might have to trim down what you store in the cloud.
For those users that use Plex, and this seems to be one of the more popular uses of Bitcasa, Plex actually has a list of support cloud storage services it works with. Since Bitcasa is no longer an option the remaining cloud storage services that work with Plex are:
If you used Bitcasa mainly as a backup service and still have your data on your computer you are in a much better position than those unfortunate users who have tons of data in Bitcasa and no local copies. While the unlimited cloud backup services might not have all of the features as Bitcasa there are some very good options for you to protect your data in the cloud again. Your best options are probably still:
If you used Bitcasa as your hard drive in the cloud it could be hard to find a replacement. They are one of the few services that offered that unique type of service. Many people mention OpenDrive as a possibility and they might work for some. Some people have found ways of using Google Drive in a similar manner but I have not tried it. If you find a service that does offer that unique blend of hard drive in the cloud be sure to leave a comment so we can all check them out.
Update Nov 24, 2014: I recently came across some software called ExpanDrive that lets you mount cloud storage as a hard drive without syncing. This is similar to what Bitcasa did, except in this case it looks like it actually works. The software runs on Windows and Mac and uses your own cloud storage from a number of providers including: Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, OpenStack, RackSpace Cloud Files, ownCloud, Copy, hubiC, DreamObjects, HP Helion, Amazon S3, SFTP, and WebDav.
Here is a video of ExpanDrive in action.
App Store App Missing
On an unrelated note, it appears that the Bitcasa iOS app is currently missing from the Apple App store. Not sure if the reason for the disappearance of the app but it is something else to be aware of. I tweeted Bitcasa but considering they are ignoring all the other tweets about them I don’t expect to hear back.
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