RapidShare launches RapidDrive cloud service for Windows

The cloud-based file storage service is getting crowded with efforts like Microsoft's SkyDrive, Google's Google Drive, and Dropbox, among others, already available. Now the popular file sharing service RapidShare has launched a new service this week called RapidDrive that aims to replicate some features found on Dropbox and other services.

According to the company's official announcement:

Your RapidShare account will be displayed in your Windows explorer window as if it was an additional hard drive. After the program has started and the hard drive has been integrated, you can upload and download files easily by moving them in Windows explorer. Another advantage of RapidDrive is that you can save new files directly from other programs (such as word processing programs) in your RapidShare account.

The service is currently in beta and can only be access by users who sign onto their paid RapidPro accounts. The final version is expected to go live in September. At the moment, the RapidDrive app is just for Windows-based PCs but RapidShare claims that it is working on apps for other operating systems as well.

Earlier this year, RapidShare announced it was cutting the download speeds on people who access files on the service for free.

Source: RapidShare | Image via RapidShare

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now here's something I don't get Megaupload does the same thing as Rapidshare but I don't see rapidshare being taken down by the FBI lots of pirate sites use rapidshare accounts to store pirated software and movies

Rapidshare is the only free service that actually lets you download a file without a wait time, and it isn't all that slow as well. I don't know about multiple downloads, but a single file can usually be grabbed directly from their free option right away.

I know it will always be slower, but it makes me think they are one of the better ones out there atm.

Neobond said,
Rapidshare is the only free service that actually lets you download a file without a wait time, and it isn't all that slow as well. I don't know about multiple downloads, but a single file can usually be grabbed directly from their free option right away.

I know it will always be slower, but it makes me think they are one of the better ones out there atm.

mediafire

Shikaka said,
On another note regarding Rapidshare though, im surprised they haven't been shut down just like Mega Upload.

Why not get the ball rolling and tweet @vp

Shikaka said,
On another note regarding Rapidshare though, im surprised they haven't been shut down just like Mega Upload.

If I remember correctly, they made a deal with the MPAA. It was in some MPAA presentation a while back. the same one in which they talked about the average loss of each song and how it some how amounted to more than all the GDP on the planet.

djdanster said,

If I remember correctly, they made a deal with the MPAA. It was in some MPAA presentation a while back. the same one in which they talked about the average loss of each song and how it some how amounted to more than all the GDP on the planet.

And puppies dying, each song downloaded means a puppy dies!

Looking at the bigger picture, and hedging bets a little, I'm sticking with SkyDrive. I want to use a service that is good now and has plenty to offer in the future and also has major backing. The underlying framework is also important along with the future prospects of the framework, SkyDrive uses azure and I'm happy with the future of azure.
I can see this 'cloud war' bring won by a few major players, and think azure will be one of them with SkyDrive being able to add features and capabilities faster and in more abundance than the others, align this with the fact that I'll be using windows 8 and Xbox and windows phone and you can se how its a simple no brained.

Never had a problem with Rapidshare myself, i have had a premium account since 2007. I don't have the best internet connection in the world, but i do get a 1.5mb download speed through them, which is max for my connection.

This RapidDrive is a great feature for me if it does direct linking to files from explorer... does anyone know if you can right click a file in the RapidDrive and it has some way of giving you a direct link to the file for public use? (ie, rapidshare.com/thefile) abit like what DropBox does? (DropBox are getting rid of this feature i believe?)

Finally, Cloud Storage done right, emulating a hard drive in the file explorer. I don't like the idea of having a folder on my computer duplicating the storage i have online!

-Razorfold said,
You can do the same with Skydrive, it's a bit of work though since its not the "proper" way to access skydrive.

I know. But it's difficult and not very reliable...
Official Skydrive support as a proper drive would be awesome!

wolftail said,

I know. But it's difficult and not very reliable...
Official Skydrive support as a proper drive would be awesome!

I don't think we'll ever really see that. Microsoft is moving away from having Drive letters, perfering librarys and even mounted folders, and directory junctions in place of a drive. With Windows 8 and Metro, expect to see a lot less drives and just a skydrive 'place' as storage.

Brian Miller said,
They have super bad customer service.

***Caviar Emptor***

I've never used their customer service so I can't speak to their quality but I do have a paid account and would like to hear about your bad customer service experience if you care to elaborate. I'm always willing to learn from the experiences of others when dealing with just about any business.

Brian Miller said,
They have super bad customer service.

***Caviar Emptor***

Super bad spelling too. Caveat Emptor.

Unless you're warning people about premium priced fish eggs...

The speeds of the free accounts are unbelievably slow and seeing as there are many other free Cloud storage systems, I don't know why people would pay to use RapidShare.

drazgoosh said,
The speeds of the free accounts are unbelievably slow and seeing as there are many other free Cloud storage systems, I don't know why people would pay to use RapidShare.

RapidSnail comes to mind