MediaFire is a popular file sharing destination that many of us use to share single or zipped files. I remember using it mainly for the files shared by different DJs. It was present much before since Google Drive was launched. Initially, one could simply register and upload a file, get a link and share. Now the company has come up with a process that puts it in competition with OneDrive, Google Drive as well as Dropbox. This article will review the MediaFire Cloud Storage.
History of MediaFire
I used MediaFire a long ago to share certain types of files. In those days, I just had to register once and then login to upload one file at a time. The file would stay as long as there was activity on the files, and in case inactivity of the account, the files were kept for a specific period, before MediaFire deleted them, to give that space to active accounts.
The free accounts also showed advertisements. The process was simple and was, for some reason, preferred by many over SkyDrive, though the latter had more to offer. I guess it was the simple operation of uploading the files, obtaining the share link and posting/emailing to share the files that made MediaFire, a choice over SkyDrive. Google Drive was not present those days.
MediaFire Cloud Storage
With the upload using the browser in the past, there was no fixed amount of storage allotted to you, other than what your files occupied. Now, when the company is building the cloud storage, it offers 12GB of storage when you sign up. This is more than what OneDrive offers, but less than both Google Drive and Dropbox. The sharing process is still easy as it was. Actually, if you use the MediaFire Desktop software, it becomes even easier as you can simply right click on files on your local storage to get a link for sharing the files. Thus, you can share files and folders without having to use a browser.
MediaFire Desktop Client For Syncing Files and Folders
You can use the MediaFire desktop client to sync local folders with the cloud storage offering of MediaFire. As is with OneDrive, the Desktop Sync software creates different folders at the time of registration: Documents, Camera (for storing screen snaps), Pictures, Music and so on, which can help you sort and store your files. In most cases, it is a one-sided sync, ie. from your local drive to the cloud. You get all the facilities (including getting the link to share) simply by right clicking the files and folders in the MediaFire folder that contains the above mentioned sub-folders.
Some users may feel turned off the first time they run the installation of MediaFire desktop client, as it does not right away allow you to select the sync folder. Instead, it creates one in the C: drive under the user’s profile. This looks as if it doesn’t give you the option to place the sync folder on some other drive. I too had similar feelings and though I felt I shouldn’t install it, if it doesn’t offer custom placement of the sync folder, I proceeded anyway to check the software.
It does, however, offer the option to choose your desired place for sync folder. But that is after installation of MediaFire Desktop. Do note that the MediaFire Desktop Client also needs Microsoft VC++ distributable, which may deter some users from installing it, especially if they don’t already have it. If the client computer does not have the VC++ distributable package installed, the installer will install it. This means a reboot.
I hope they will come up with a better version of the MediaFire Desktop Sync software, so that people don’t have to reboot. The installers of OneDrive Desktop, Dropbox Desktop and Google Drive desktop don’t ask you to reboot and hence are preferred. I went for MediaFire especially for my music files, as Google Drive asks for an empty drive every time you install it. That is too tedious a task.
Google Drive Desktop vs MediaFire Desktop
When you reinstall Google Drive, it asks for an empty folder and then downloads all the previously synced files to the local Google Drive folder. That way, you get duplicate copies of your files, as the previous files are left behind when you uninstall the Drive desktop sync software. It then, is pretty difficult to recognize the new files created and files updated between uninstall and reinstall of Google Drive, so that you can move them to the newly created folder for syncing.
However, no such problem is present in MediaFire Desktop Sync Software. I tried the installation three times and found that I can set up the sync folder to the previous folder, against an empty folder requirement as in the case with Google Drive.
Review of MediaFire Desktop Client
Once the software is installed and you reboot, you will be presented with a dialog box asking whether to continue with the default placement of MediaFire sync folder or whether to change it. Choose Advanced option if you want to change the sync folder. You can select the previously used folders. There are no issues. If you added new files after uninstall of the MediaFire or changed contents of some files, they will automatically be uploaded unlike Google Drive where you have to transfer such files to the new folder created for Drive.
Sharing Files With MediaFire Sync Folder
This is the easiest method I found compared to other sync folders like OneDrive. In the latter, you have to visit the SkyDrive using browser to get a link. Within MediaFire, just right click on the file or folder that you wish to share and you will get the link. You can then share the link via email or post it to social networks or anywhere you wish.
The only problem I faced with the Desktop Sync Software of MediaFire.com is that it crashes a lot, especially in the evenings (where it is daytime in the US and other Western parts of the globe). I doubt it has to do something with the traffic, but I am not sure how it can affect my MediaFire syncing. Probably, there is something wrong with the desktop sync that needs to be addressed.
The cloud versions of your files are supported by different players and readers. For example, if you wish to play a movie (MP4) or a song (MP3), you can play it directly on the cloud without having to download the file first.
Overall, it is a good package with not many flaws and its Desktop Sync software is definitely better than Google Drive Sync software.