In my long term goal to move all of my data off of Google, I have setup a paid account with Fastmail. They are an AUS company that has been around for a long time and they offer a "tech pack" that is comparable in many ways to Google's common apps (drive, mail, calendar). One thing I got really used to using was Google Drive. It just works so seamlessly to synchronize files between machines and it does all the uploading in the background (to lightning fast Google servers). Fastmail has a file storage component of their email service that can work very much like Google Drive, but you are left to figure out the best way to synch files on it. It supports a protocol called WebDAV which lets you use third party programs that mimic the functionality of Google Drive. I chose a freeware program called DirectNet Drive that connected right up to my file storage and I started copying files over. Started with some small files and had no problems. Then I decided to cut and paste a few folders from my desktop into remote storage. It wasn't anything critical, but just some random documents I had collected over the past week. Well it turns out that Fastmail file storage has a daily bandwidth allowance that I hit in the middle of transferring these folders to the remote drive. DirectNet Drive recognized the error and went into a "failed, retrying in 3..2..1" mode and did this repeatedly. It seems the programmer didn't think to add a "pause" or "cancel pending files" function and I was stuck -- I had to wait until the daily bandwidth allowance reset itself so I could finish uploading the remaining files. Well, I guess after DirectNet Drive keeps trying, it eventually crashes. So those files I stupidly cut and paste are now gone. A few files made it to remote storage, but I have no idea what I lost. I've tried a few file restore tools to see if they still exist on disk but no go. Lessons learned: 1. Never cut/paste anything into a remote sync folder, unless it works like Google Drive where the folder is local to the machine. It seems that WebDAV "local folders" are still remote. 2. Got rid of DirectNet Drive. For now I'm just using Fastmail's web interface to manage files. 3. Thinking of upgrading my paid subscription so I can get more daily bandwidth from Fastmail. It's another $5/mo which isn't unreasonable. 4. Google has spoiled me -- but the point of this exercise is to get off of their platform so these sort of quirks are expected.