Barracuda Networks-owned Copy cloud hosting service launches

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 3, 2013
Updated • Feb 2, 2016

It is quite difficult to keep an overview of all the cloud hosting services that have launched in the last two years. This can be a problem for new services entering the market, and those that do, often need to provide users with features and offers that other services do not offer in this form for a chance to be recognized by the bulk of users.

Update: Copy has been retired as of May 1, 2016.

Copy is a new service owned by networking and storage products company Barracuda Networks that leaves little to be desired in terms of functionality and storage that users get when they sign up to the service. New users get 5 Gigabyte of free cloud storage space which may not sound too impressive as first. Copy is running a promotion currently that uses a referral system to award users with 5 Gigabyte of additional storage for every user they refer to the service. So, for 50 Gigabytes of free storage users need to invite 9 friends to the party. And yes, you do get an extra five Gigabyte if you are referred by someone so use my link above to start with 10 Gigabytes of storage space (you get the extra Gigabytes once you install one of the programs or apps). You can snag away another 2 Gigabytes if you tweet about the service.

Users who need more space right away can subscribe to one of the two paid plans for individuals the company is making available. It is offering 250 Gigabyte of space for $9.99 per month or $99 per year and 500 Gigabyte of space for $14.99 or $149 per year. To put this in relation, Dropbox users pay $9.99 per month or $99 per year for 100 Gigabyte of extra storage, SkyDrive users pay $50 per year for 100 Gigabyte of storage and Google Drive users pay $9.99 per month for 200 Gigabyte of storage.

Copy is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux desktop systems, the Android and iOS platform, and as a web based version. The desktop version installs a root folder of the service on your system that is used to automatically transfer files from inside the folder to the cloud, and from the cloud back to the computer.

Files inside the folder can be shared by right-clicking on the file that you want to share. Just select copy actions from the context menu and then the send or copy public link option from the menu. Instead of sharing files by creating public links to them, which means that anyone with that link can access them, it is also possible to share links only with other members of the service so that only they can access the files that you want to share.

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That's not all though. You can also share folders with other users of the service. As far as sharing options go, you can select to make shares view-only so that invited users cannot change, sync or edit files, or let people sync and edit files as well.

Copy supports fast local network synchronization which is not really explained anywhere on the site or in the settings. It is very likely that contents are directly synced between devices connected to the same local network. What does not seem possible right now is to select specific files or folders for LAN syncing only. All files seem to be stored in the cloud regardless of the feature. Still, it is good to be there as you will save bandwidth if you use it on multiple devices connected to the same local area network. The preferences hold another interesting option. You can limit the upload or download bandwidth of the service.

Files are transferred using SSL and according to Copy's support staff encrypted on their servers as well. Copy furthermore supports data deduplication and a file history.

Copy looks good on first glance. If there is one thing to criticize it is the lack of information the service makes available. How are files encrypted on the server, is there a limit to the file history feature and how is the local network synchronization feature working in detail. A better help file that explains those and other features in detail would be useful to many users, or even tooltips in the client itself.

True Crypt users may find the service less attractive than Dropbox as it will always transfer the full encrypted container file when it changes. A 100 Megabyte container will be uploaded every time you add, remove or edit files in it. Dropbox handles this better as it will only transfer the changes made to the file and not the whole 100 Megabyte.

Barracuda Networks-owned Copy cloud hosting service launches
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Copy is a new cloud hosting service by Barracuda Networks that offers desktop and mobile clients, a referral system, and more.
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  1. Janet Z said on October 21, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Yup, it’s a very good service. Here’s my referral link (

  2. Fanny said on October 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Since more than 2 month I use whiteout problems.
    I just like it.

  3. Steven said on October 4, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I use this service very happy.
    It works whiteout problems across all my PC’s, Notebooks and Smartphones.
    Try it out yourself by using this link and get 20 GB :
    Please verify your eMail and install the client.

  4. Peter said on September 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I use COPY for backup my whole workflow of photography. Create your own account and get 20GB of space!!
    Use this link below to create a account and help me to earn some extra space for storage.

  5. daphoenix said on August 16, 2013 at 10:32 am
    Reply is a new cloud storage service (est. 2013) and is absolutely amazing! Compared to other similar free products

    (box, dropbox, skydrive, google drive, Ubuntu One, Sugar Sync), copy offers much more GB storage for free! Plus its

    features are essentially the same as dropbox!

    So how does GB storage does Copy offer? Copy is offering a temporary promotion deal of 15 GB starting out, and +5 GB for

    anyone you invite! Both you and the invitee get +5 GB, so if you download from my link:

    you get 20 GB instead of 15 GB starting out (and I get +5 GB too)! Compare this to dropbox’s 2 GB starting out, +500 MB

    (0.5 GB) per invite. Or compare it to SkyDrives 7GB, Google Drive’s 15GB, Box’s 5 GB (they had a promotion for 50 GB

    starting out, but no longer. Get onto copy’s limited promotion deal!).

    This deal won’t last forever, plus there’s NO limit to how many invites you can have! Remember this is all FREE! Some

    users have 1 TB of cloud storage purely from invites! So if you want 20 GB starting out, and found my analysis useful, use

    my link :]

    And who doesn’t like free cloud storage? It gives a means to sync our data to various computers, iphones / android

    devices, and more! Plus it backs up all of our files, while encrypted onto a secure network. Quote “Files are transferred using SSL and according to Copy’s support staff encrypted on their servers as well.”

    P.S. You should still use dropbox for any older programs since uses a newer, and dropbox is much more compatible

    with pre-existing , older software. Copy is better off used as a personal storage / backing center and dropbox is still

    better for working on group projects.

    Also copy is compatible with iOS and Android as well!

  6. Marlon said on July 29, 2013 at 2:31 am

    An extra 20GB if you use this link to signup: ;)

  7. jad said on May 27, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I’d hate to spam but I’d like to get up to 50gb of space so it’s usable for me and will fit all my files on my computer. I’m at only 27gb right now so only need 5 referrals to sign up with my link. Thank you.

  8. Michael Chang said on May 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

    If somebody is generous and help me out here. Please help me out and yourself for you will get 20 GB.

  9. julia said on May 16, 2013 at 4:19 am

    get free 20GB( 15GB + bonus 5GB ref) (complete register and install apps) and more here:

  10. LuisGZ said on April 23, 2013 at 8:10 am

    This link far superior . When you click on it, someone will knock on your door and give you a hug. No feedback needed, no questions asked. =)

    Oh and if you have another service that haves a referral system, drop a comment with your invitation and I will happily join under your account. =)


  11. R Bala said on April 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    this link will earn you 15gb when you install copy app on your computer since i have a pro account.

  12. Therese Khu said on April 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I was wondering if there was a limit to the referrals? I have TONS of students that i’ve been referring to. I now have 212 GB of free space. I have so many students (old, current, and new) that I can probably earn up to 600 GB of free space from referrals. However I don’t want to get in trouble with Copy as it will look funny if I have 600 GB of free space when it costs money to subscribe at 250 GB. What do you think? thanks

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 7, 2013 at 3:20 am

      Therese I honestly can’t say but there does not seem to be a limit. I’m currently at 205 Gigabyte as well.

  13. Eduardo Arceo said on April 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    If anyone would use my refer link I´ll be so much thankful

    Si alguién usa mi link de referencia para obtener 10Gb se lo agradeceré

  14. T. Bueno said on April 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    As it is backed by Barracuda Networks, it’s supposedly safe. Web interface is a bit too basic right now, especially in comparison to SkyDrive, Box or even GDrive. The mobile apps are quite polished, and will probably get very competitive after a few more updates. One nice feature is no single file size limit, convenient for storing movies or .ISOs. Signing up from a referral link gets us both a 5GB bonus. A simple tweet will also give you 2GB+, adding up to 12GB.
    Thanks in advance:

  15. Daniel said on April 4, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Feel free to use my ref code, you get to start with 10gb off the bat, you can then post to Twitter via Copy and get another 2gb :)

  16. Michael Richards said on April 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    If someone is feeling generous:

  17. Claudius Ellsel said on April 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Hi, if anyone wants to sign up, I would be glad, if someone would use my link:

  18. ndjkn said on April 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm
    1. Ben said on May 16, 2013 at 1:25 am

      For a limited time, you now get the 15GB (not 10GB) with, when you use this link to sign up:

      1. LuisGZ said on May 16, 2013 at 4:16 am

        Your link or any other link…

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