Awhile ago I stopped using the given cloud software .exes services for your pc to auto sync folders because of a bad experience with Google Drive and smaller issues with file versions in other services.
I backed up my entire Google Drive onto a thumb drive. I re-installed windows on a new HDD I bought. Now rather than wasting bandwidth and re-downloading my entire Google Drive sync, I installed the Google Drive and manually put in my backup. Google Drive did not recognize these as its original files and proceeded to still download every file off its server as “filename(1)”. So I stopped it as soon as I saw this. I decided to bite the bullet and just redownload everything over time. I check marked a box saying only sync top directory. My intention was to only sync files and folders at the top and then slowly check mark sub-directories over time. Well this is where the downloaded sync client screws up royally.
Only Sync this folder, no subdirectory folders such as /music, /documents
It was a quick sync just as I had wanted. Folder names were there but empty as expected. The next step was to start check marking sub-directories to sync and fill up from the server to my PC. Nothing was downloading… I checked on-line and it was as if my PC told the server the sub-directory contents were deleted since my PC only saw them as empty and deleted all of them off my on-line Google Drive… After weeks of getting shitty customer service I just was glad i had my own backup and stopped using the service.
My question is:
Is there a cloud client service that recognizes same file versions in the sync folder so I don’t have to re-download crap on new hardware? I want to be able to have an on-line backup recognize I manually put files into the sync folder that are the same versions and not still sync over them again.