Goodbye, Amazon Drive

Why am I saying goodbye to Amazon Drive?

Amazon with their almost ubiquitous web presence, introduces Unlimited Storage in March of 2015. I jumped on the offer right then and there. Unlimited files for $59.99?? What a deal!

I had about 7TB on Amazon Drive, and while that was not a big chunk of my storage, there were some people that were uploading and storing petabytes upon petabytes…

Sudden change of mind

I had nothing against Amazon punishing the minority of users that were abusing the service, but they shouldn’t have punished the majority of the service user base while drastically changing their pricing model and going with a somewhat far more coarse than what S3 offers and ends up being more expensive than S3, which is quite weird coming from Amazon. Granted, the Amazon Drive apps and web interface are far more dumbed down, but they’re quite lacking.

Pricing Changes

The pricing change was substantial and for me to store the 7TB I had with Amazon Drive previously… now costs $419.93 for 1 Year.

Amazon Drive Apps and Web Interface

Where do I start? The UI looks like it was designed by a child with an annoying layout and super sized fonts.

Sometimes when I find myself using the S3 web interface, I find that it is much much better than the Drive interface.

The apps are same, very awkward design and syncing takes forever.

rclone

rclone is my go to app when I need to sync things between storage services or simply backup something to one of them.

Amazon decided one day, not too long after they decided to change their pricing structure, to kill off their API privileges.

Now I understand that rclone were doing something bad… but when you close off new apps being brough onto the platform and you ban something that a big majority of your user base uses, it’s a problem.

You might say… Use the web interface! Sure, have you ever tried downloading anything around a terabyte through a web interface?

You might say.. Use the Desktop apps! And they would hang like there was no tomorrow. Seemingly downloading something, but even after a few days of downloading.. Nothing was actually done.

On top of that, the desktop app isn’t accessible on Linux.

ODrive

ODrive was the gem that shone through in the darkness that was the demise of Amazon Drive and was also available on Linux!

Downloading the complete Drive was a breeze. Granted it took a bit of repetitiveness, which might be a fault on my side, since I used the CLI agent, but nevertheless far more reliable.

A tool which I am sure will become a part of my dealings with the cloud storage services that are out and about.

Conclusion

Amazon turned something that could’ve been great to an abysmal experience and a pain to migrate away from.

I ended my subscription and moved all the things to Backblaze B2.

So long, Amazon Drive.