MEGA vs Google Drive vs Dropbox vs OneDrive vs SugarSync & More – The competition

obrBy Mauricio Prinzlau — Last Updated: 14 May'18 2015-09-06T09:39:54+00:00Google+

We increasingly store all types of important data in the cloud rather than on hard disks. Most of us now rely on fast broadband and mobile broadband, so cloud computing is getting stronger by day. This is being facilitated by price wars and continuous upgrading of various cloud storage services.

Since we last updated this article, cloud storage devices have evolved and given way to new features, so it’s definitely time to revisit it now.

MEGA is now a more established name when it comes to cloud storage services, and it has gone down well with users, earning positive feedback. MEGA wants to be one of the most secure services and has even put out a bounty of €10,000 for people who discover security leaks. 

MEGA is unique in the sense that it is not only designed to be an online storage provider. Instead, it works as a platform where apps can be developed to further enhance its core functionality. As always, we at Cloudwards.net want to know how MEGA compares to the rest of the services.


Google Drive vs Dropbox vs OneDrive vs SugarSync vs MEGA: Ultimate Comparison

Comparing The Competitors

So we have compiled a chart that compares MEGA to a variety of companies like Google Drive, OneDrive, SugarSync, SpiderOak, and Dropbox. Which are arguably the most famous providers in this field.


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  • If you like to read an in-depth comparison of SugarSync vs Dropbox click here
  • To find out how MEGA or other services compare check out our cloud storage comparison chart
  • When more information comes available we’ll enhance this chart even further, so bookmark this page to come back later!

MEGA

MEGA is a cloud storage service. You can upload files to their servers and access them everywhere you go. That’s nothing particular unique about MEGA that’s just what cloud storage services do in general: they make files available. It is NOT a backup solution.

We are strong advocates of real backup solutions when it comes to securing data. Cloud storage services, MEGA or not, cannot replace a proper file backup system. MEGA has three features that make it stand out from the crowd.

Superior end-to-end encryption: The data is encrypted and decrypted during the transfer process, unlike the other cloud storage services,by the associated client devices. Secure global access: MEGA allows the user to access data anywhere and anytime, but prevents everyone else from accessing it.

Secure collaboration: online collaboration is quite private and secure with MEGA’s features in place. It facilitates real-time sharing and viewing updates of contacts, making it convenient for users.

With a cloud storage system like MEGA, users can enjoy several benefits. MEGA’s mobile apps allow access to files and folders from users’ smartphones and tablets. We can also upload and sync media from anywhere to the cloud. MEGA’s sync client ensures easy automation of syncing between the system and the MEGA cloud drive.

MEGA email and chat. This feature will soon be available and allows chat, emailing, calling, and video conferencing. MEGA Browser Apps allow installations of browser extensions for high-speed loading and higher resilience against attacks.

Privacy With Responsibility – Not Total Anonymity

What makes MEGA stand out (well, at least this is what they claim) is that they provide a high level of security. When you sign up they create a 2048-bit RSA public /private key that should keep your data safe – safe means that theoretically nobody else but you has access to your files, not even the authorities. However, as Kimdotcom states – you are not totally anonymous. 

Most cloud storage or syncing services like Dropbox  will only encrypt your files on transit but not before you upload them. 

This cloud storage service has definitely made a good start, offering 50GB of free cloud storage in the beginning – it is trying to integrate various features. It is offering a 96TB bandwidth,and it provides up to 4TB of encrypted storage with its pro packages starting at $9.87/month.


Google Drive

Google Drive is one of the more attractive services that Google currently offers. 15GB of free space is available when a Google account is setup – or it is linked to an existing one. In fact, with the current upgradeof Google, it unified its services under a single login ID earlier this year, so chances are that a Drive account already exists if you are using Gmail, Google Calendar, or even YouTube.

Dropbox vs Google Drive

The storage space of 15GB is shared across all these services, so if users have large attachments in emails, then they will be counted in, and enabling the automatic photo backup to Google+ from a smartphone will act in the same way.

Storage Space and Images

One advantage is that Google discards any photos below 2048×2048 resolution, and videos shorter than 15 minutes, so settings on smartphones and devices can always be adjusted accordingly to get unlimited storage as they don’t count towards the 15GB limit. Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Presentations, Drawings, and files that others have shared with the user don’t count either.

Google Drive doesn’t provide extra storage space through referrals or link the user account to social media, unlike OneDrive and Dropbox.

There have been plenty of promotions offered by Google that include 10GB free for users who download Quick Office and other mobile phone deals.The search giant offers 100GB free for two years if the user buys a Chromebook. A separate service known as Google Music is meant exclusively for storage of music files and allows users to keep 20,000 songs in the cloud for free.

Data stored on Drive is encrypted in 128-bit AES rather than the 256-bit employed by Box, OneDrive, and Dropbox and is quite similar to Apple.

Google Drive provides a two-step verification process and asserts that it won’t pry into the content of the user’s Drive folder unless compelled by law enforcement agencies. On the whole, it has a smart interface that’s simple to navigate and a basic file tree showing where the data are kept. Specific files can be selected to make them available offline on the mobile versions, and these files can be edited.


OneDrive

OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) is Microsoft’s answer to Google Drive, which essentially does the same: it creates a folder on your hard drive that gets synced to other computers where you login with the same account.

Similar to Google Drive, OneDrive provides 15GB of free storage, and its referral incentive is a minimum of 500MB limited to 5GB. Office 365 users get 1TB of OneDrive storage as part of the monthly subscription fee, which is the latest addition to the offers provided by OneDrive.

However, last October, Microsoft promised offering unlimited cloud storage for Office 365 users.

OneDrive Privacy and Security

When it comes to user privacy, Microsoft has secured the right to scan user files and documents, and shuns objectionable content according to its policies. This policy is similar to Apple and includes explicit content along with copyrighted material.

Hence, OneDrive carves a new niche and brings a couple of new features to iOS. This cloud service from Microsoft, which was formerly known as SkyDrive, is an excellent option for storing files. It provides the option to browse through user files, create folders, and look at thumbnail previews. It also displays the files in a list where you have the pleasure of smooth file management.

Swipe left and you will get the option of deleting files. Buttons provided across the apps allow you to sort by backups, recent files, and documents shared with others. You can enable multiple file sharing from the menu button, which also allows you to add files.

OneDrive also provides you with the auto backup feature for photos and videos. Sharing is easier with this cloud service and involves sending a link of the files and documents via email.Another interesting feature is the file uploading facility to OneDrive directly from your browser.

It doesn’t work on IE and Firefox but works well on Chrome. All you have to do is go to OneDrive.com in Chrome, log in, open Windows Explorer, and then drag and drop your folder to the opened OneDrive, that’s it. Although, Chrome is the only browser currently capable of handling folder uploads,this may change with the release of Windows 10 later this year.


Dropbox

Dropbox caters to a wide area of operating system standards that include the usual Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and Blackberry. Dropbox’s free account offers a small storage space of 2GB that might be enough for storing documents but is insufficient for any kind of media files – photos, music, or video.

Users resort to 1TB with Dropbox Pro, which is offered for around $9.99 per month, to store files of larger size. To secure and increase the space for the Dropbox account, it can be linked to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking profiles.

What About Dropbox’s Security?

Well, we do have an entire article about top 10 secure Dropbox alternatives. But in short all files on the Dropbox servers follow AES 256-bit encryption with SSL, providing sturdy security and privacy and requiring a two-step authentication process.

Hence, irrespective of the technology the system is functioning on, Dropbox ensures safe and secure data that can be accessed by users anytime, anywhere. When the user requires extra security, upgrading the service to Dropbox Pro is a must, as it allows users to set viewer permissions and passwords, which is not possible with the basic account.

Apart from creating and syncing the important user documents in a local folder in a PC or on the latest smart device, Dropbox’s offline functionality will make user-selected files available offline. Hence it does not always depend on Internet connection. The same functionality also allows editing and updating of user files and documents. With easy linking and sharing, files and folders are even shared with non-Dropbox users.

This storage service also allows the sending of collaboration invites for the file.


SugarSync

SugarSync is the only cloud storage service that has an option of customized pricing plans as per customer requirement. This is one of our favorite file synchronization services because it has more features than Dropbox. It offers a free trial for 30 days before requiring an upgrade to a paid version.

A simple right click is required on any folder to add it to SugarSync after you register and set up an account with this storage service.

The entire folder that you sync with this storage is continuously backed up in real time, providing users access to their folders anytime, anywhere, from any PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device. SugarSync allows editing of the user’s files on the office PC and then users can finish them at home. Also, SugarSync thinks “outside the box”, as it allows multiple syncing of folders.

Mobile Use and Security

SugarSync has a separate mobile app designed for mobile users that allows syncing, accessing, and browsing of files across all smart devices on the go. It provides an exclusive online backup feature that quietly runs in the background without interfering with your work.

This in turn allows restoration of data when required. This automatic file backup option also allows file version control and recovery. Apart from syncing multiple folders at once from different devices online, it provides the syncing of multiple folders during offline file access. It also syncs shared folders during seamless online file sharing with other users, maintaining security.

Easy online data protection and data recovery are two distinct features of SugarSync. Hence file sharing is 100-percent secure with this storage service. This allows restoration of not just one file, but all the backed-up data, with ease. It also provides security while uploading and downloading files.

When the files are synced to SugarSync’s servers, they are transferred over the Internet using TLS (SSL 3.3) encryption, which is the industry standard for secure web communications. This means that the system and the server go through a compatible process verifying every piece of information moved between them as a secure communication, whether data is being uploaded or downloaded.

The same rigorous standards are applied when you access your files from any computer or mobile phone, and all data is encrypted before leaving SugarSync’s servers. SugarSync provides a host of options while sharing folders including the ability to edit files and documents.


SpiderOak ONE

SpiderOak ONE with its “zero-knowledge privacy” policy, unlike Dropbox and OneDrive, encrypts data on its servers, providing an organized and layered approach to encryption through a combination of 2048-bit RSA and 256-bit AES.

SpiderOak Online Backup and Sync

Enhanced with three fold functionality, SpiderOak is a compelling online backup, syncing, and file-sharing service, as it connects a number of source computers from which those files can come. These unlimited computers can run any applications and operating devices such as Windows, Mac OS, or Linux.

Other exclusive SpiderOak features include the storage of unlimited versions of the user’s modified files and charges are limited to the compressed, de-duplicated files stored on its servers.

The Zero-Knowledge Boost

The company also boasts about its “zero-knowledge” privacy policy, which means no SpiderOak employees and no government officials have any access to the user data except the user. Compared to its rival cloud storage services, SpiderOak provides the lowest storage space, as the basic account offers 2GB of free storage, which can be increased by a referral incentive that provides the user and her friend 1GB when they sign up to the service up to a maximum of 10GB.

The simple design of SpiderOak is specialized only in providing secured storage instead of serving wider productivity like Dropbox and OneDrive.

Since this security-obsessed cloud storage service is lacking in a few basic areas, for example, it provides no Office-style apps or collaboration with colleagues online, it does not appeal to the majority of users.


Conclusion

As you can see, cloud storage services differ mostly in either their reliability, or the free storage that they offer. Many features are the same: some services sync files across multiple PCs while others only offer a cloud space that you can access via a web client, like MEGA does.

With its upgraded features, MEGA is aiming to be the game changer and starts a new era when it comes to free cloud storage offerings. 50GB is a generous amount and will be more than most people actually need for their daily needs. 

Which one is your favorite? Any other point you would like to add? Please feel free to share your experience and thanks for reading!

42 thoughts on “MEGA vs Google Drive vs Dropbox vs OneDrive vs SugarSync & More – The competition”

  1. MEGA it’s very good because of it’s free storage capacity.
    But i still don’t trust it.
    I’ll be using DropBox for the next year.

    1. I agree. MEGA deserves a much bigger rating because out of all the options above, it has the largest free storage offer, the best encryption method, it encrypts everything end to end and stores files encrypted at rest without the need for other third party software. 3 stars is bullsh*t.

    2. well i use Dropbox, and something in it is vulnerable to virus as files started disappearing off my pc a few weeks ago, without being recorded through the d-box files management system. Support/interest from Dropbox was 0.01% despite repeated requests – they didn’t give a toss.

      Is Mega drive support any better? can you ring the twats up? doubt it

    3. Use additional encryption. I recommend EncFS opensource, light and simple. There are ports for all major OSs.

    1. Micheal, you’re absolutely right. That is awesome. They are, however, not the only ones with 50GB free storage: ADrive gives that, too, but they don’t encrypt it so it is practically worthless for serious files.

  2. Have used a bit of each the ones listed: SugarSync and SpiderOak are far better than the others imho–with SpiderOak getting my money for the zero knowledge policy. Personally, if I ma not storing my data locally, I’d rather not have anyone data mining/snooping what I store in the cloud.

  3. 1. DropBox gives you a way to earn free storage. I have now 6 GB free and can go up to almost 18 GB.
    2. DropBox allows you to sync only specific directories from the root directors
    3. Google Drive is the best for working with documents, because of the integration with calendar, email, docs and storage. They made a big (HUGE) mistake by removing the exchange synchronization feature. I got read of all my other emails, or at least not used them just because i could sync contact with my phones. Now i can not use that feature. Useless.
    3. DropBox has sync over LAN. BIG LIKE.
    The others I do not use.

    1. My company uses Google Drive as its main email/doc/sharing/etc. service. It is great and all, but I run into issues with it here and there. On top of that, the docs/sheets/slides that you create do not have anywhere near the flexibility and features that Office allows. I have run into compatibility issues when it comes to formatting and the like.

      One main thing I DO love about the Google Drive, is that its uploading from my devices automatically names them by the date they were taken, whereas others that I have tried will do some random other name or just use the name that the device has defaulted it to (which no device has a good naming system that I like so far!). This especailly helps me since my wife and I now have thousands of family photos that we have yet to go through in 6 years. Having them named by their date will help a ton when we can actually get to organizing all of our memories :).

      You can do exactly the same with a Microsoft Account as far as syncing calendar, email, docs, etc. I actually like their OneDrive MUCH better. Funny though, I still use Google as my main calendar and contacts source haha. I find it easier, as I sign into my Android phones and tablets with that account already as it is.

  4. My Documents and Pictures folders are directly synced with Skydrive, i got myself 25GB free storage and if you use SpaceSniffer before uploading you can delete the unnecessary bigger files. It took some time to upload but it is an excellent online backup. And i thrust and believe Microsoft that they, as a big company will have the resources to keep my data safe & online.
    I’m thinking about backing up all my stuff to other cloud storages like Mega.co.nz just to be safe. They give you 50GB free , but despite my sympathies for Kim Dot Com i’m not sure about uptime and security issues. As a Gmail user i did check Drive but 7GB isn’t enough..

    Al tough they say your data is secured, if the government wants to see it, they will see it. Like it or not. I don’t have any problems and i have nothing to hide. Except for some ex girlfriend naked pictures :), that i have encrypted to 256 AES before uploading it on the net i really have no problem showing them my data for the sake of national security.

  5. Hi,

    after my external drive died, and I loose all of my photos, i was very angry. Then I tried Dropbox (fine, but not enough space for me), Sugarsync (for me it was very slow), and now I am using Copy.com.

    Normaly, on Copy.com you have 15GB for free, but if you use this link, and install Copy.com application to synchronize or backup your data, you will get 20GB for free: https://copy.com?r=zPku0e

  6. I was using Dropbox (not enough free space for me), Sugarsync (same like Dropbox, and for me slow).
    Now I am using new service – Copy. They will give you 15GB for free.

    If you register on Copy by this link, and install their application to backup / sync your data, you will get 20GB for free!
    Here is the link: https://copy.com?r=zPku0e

    Bonus for you is, that if you will find some referral, you will get next 5GB for free per each! Like this, you can get unlimited space for free!

  7. I wish Mega had sync option with multiple PCs. I keep my large data sync and saved. But until I got a solution with dropbox for large free storage.
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    1. Actually Mega does have a sync option for your PC. And your Android. And your iPod, iPhone, iPad, whatever. For the PC option, google “MEGAsync”

  8. Google Drive, SkyDrive and Dropbox? Why are we even still discussing these three? I may as well upload my data to the NSA directly. Client side encryption and non-US storage are minimum conditions for me to consider any cloud service.

    1. While I understand where you’re coming from, no matter what we use, if is online, the “NSA” can access the data. Believe what you will, but nothing is secure from the eyes of “Big Brother”.

      Let’s be true to ourselves for a moment, if you do not like the idea if being tracked, then stand up against it. But if your idea of changing things is sitting by the computer, then why even cry over it?

      We the People are the same people who work for the NSA. Remember that!

      As far as Google Drive, I hate the slow upload speeds and how to literally brings your network to a crawl.

    2. I must say you are lucky in the US. I have been using a cloud storage service in China, and you know what? Today I suddenly found my password was stolen. I am sure it was not leaked by myself. I don’t know who stole it. What I know is that the service provider never encrypt anything, and not only can they see the files on their server, but so do the big brother! They don’t even bother to decrypt anything. Now I am considering transfer my private files to the Mega. Security is my NO.1 concern. Hope nobody ever got to see my files after my password get stolen. God bless!

  9. Can you explain why MEGA got the lowest rating? Even if it’s not perfect, anyone should welcome automatically encrypting the files, plus you get a lot more storage for free. Why does it get such a low rating?

  10. Dropbox starts out with 2GB but with automatic uploading of photos (3GB) and referrals (500MB ea.) and a few other introductory offers, you can quickly grow your storage to a size of 7 GB or more, more than enough for my needs at the moment. And it syncs really well with multiple PCs.

    1. I hate automatic uploading of photos to Dropbox because they RENAME my photos, and that’s extremely confusing!!!!

  11. I was using Wuala 5 GB free for almost a year with no problems. Then they switched over to all paid plans. So I paid for 20 GB, which would have been quite enough for me. I preferred Wuala for its local encryption. For the past few days I have not been able to upload files, docs, folders, anything. So I went looking for alternatives. I looked at Spideroak, as it apparently offered the same security as Wuala. I did not like the interface and the free storage amount of only 2 GB. I signed up with MEGA for their 50 GB free, where I uploaded and downloaded a little just fine. I also downloaded their iOS app to my iPhone 5S and set up the system with touch ID. This works just fine, too. Then I checked out SureDoc, upon Chakravarthi Kuna’s ‘request’. Signing up for the 100 GB free for a year plan was easy enough. After the setting up bit, I uploaded some files from my desktop (Mac), like XL, Numbers, PDF, etc. and also some FLV files of some approx. 20 MB each. It took a long time uploading (despite a fast enough fiber connection) and then they all got stuck and had to be deleted! I value sending and receiving encrypted stuff from me to whomever and the MEGA setup seems to work ok with all kind of files and the iOS app is ok, too. Hope this helps.

    1. Thanks Ahmet for your valuable input – I’m sure this helps a lot of people. I sometimes have problems downloading large files from MEGA (but I rarely use it myself). For secure storage I would suggest SpiderOak, though they are more expensive than other cloud services (but the security is well worth it IMO).

    1. Thanks, we’ve just updated our database. Pricing should reflect correctly now.

  12. I’ve been using Mega since it first came out. I now find that it is a viable alternative to Dropbox. The security is excellent, the speed is great (I gave up on a paid OneDrive because they limit your speed) and the ability to sync specific folders on my desktop, along with the mobile app, makes it a no brainer for me. Oh – and the 50GB space is great too! 😉

  13. Box has an offer that if you bought a BlackBerry PlayBook and downloaded the Box Sync App for it and registered it on the PlayBook you got 50Gb free. I still have it used today and love it. Find a friend with a PlayBook and you will be laughing 🙂

  14. Anyone tried hubiC? Nothing personal, but I kind of like the idea of a non-usa based cloud service. Been testing Mega briefly, seems good. Why don’t people like it more? Why does the article say it is not a backup service?

  15. The pricing on OneDrive needs to be adjusted. It is 100GB for a measly $1.99/mo and 200GB for $3.99/mo. You then have the option to purchase Office 365 for only $9.99/mo with (currently) 1TB of storage. I have not really seen that price anywhere else (that I trust, anyway).

    Another bonis is that is works wonderfully with other such files as installations and .iso images.

    And yet ANOTHER note, if you use Windows, it syncs in very well with the OS, espeically Windows 8.1. It makes it VERY easy to edit anything and save it, as it offers the OneDrive as a main source without having to navigate or type in the path to your cloud drive. Windows 8.1 also uses it to easliy set backups and sync settings (such as start menu, background, etc.) between any computer that you sign on to using your Microsoft Account.

  16. I like Mega, fast download and accessible behind alot of firewalled internet which blocked file hosting sites. I’d prefer to use Mega to DOWNLOAD files if I am to choose between the other sites listed here. Mega has something called MegaSync. I have to say, that thing is rubbish. Even though I am offered with a free 50gb space, the upload using the MegaSync is slow but still acceptable, however to have the files synced to another computer automatically is a hell job that take years…It takes nearly 30mins for the MegaSync on my other computer just to detect a text(.Txt) file I placed in the sync folder while on the app icon the status is always shown “up to date”. I believe it’s because the app doesn’t check the folder very often, but hey man atleast give me an option to tell the app to check the sync folder….

  17. The key factor about mega as not mentioned much if any, is their stuff gets tried for seizurey all of the time. They are considered “Shadey” but in reality they are not. They are not spying on you like google and other services such as dropbox and one drive.

  18. WARNING ! Google Drive is a shit ! It was slow for me – but when I uninstalled it, I found, that in my PC remains a folder ~ 4 GB, which can not be opened or deleted. I had to use REWO uninstaller to delete it safely.
    Our family use MEGA 50 GB free for about a year and we are very satisfied. We use it together in 3 PCs (Win7, Win8, Ubuntu 12.04) without any problems. Safety is excellent, down- & upload are fast enough.
    Kim Dotcom says that MEGA has so many enthusiastic collaborators and is so good financially ensured, that 50 GB will always be free – even without his presence.
    (Compare : Swiss WUALA started with 5 GB free, but after ~ a year WUALA offers paid storage only.)

    1. I’ve been using Mediafire for several years to upload photos that I want to share privately. I came to this article looking for alternatives.
      I’m finding it a bit clunky, and not really good for sharing. I don’t like the fact that for each photo one wants to see, one has to go back to an index page and download all over again. There used to be a way to see a slideshow, at a size that one would want to have.
      I also uploaded a text document to tell my viewers some things about one folder of photos. Getting to that document to read it is a pain.
      And it’s more or less useless for videos.

      1. But all that said, this article was useful. I was considering Dropbox instead of Mediafire. (I’d never heard of Mega.)
        I looked at the storage capacities offered, but really had no idea what my own storage needs are. So I looked at my own Mediafire account. I have the free account; it offers me 50 GB. I find that I’ve used not quite 5. (And I’m only uploading things I mean to share.) So Dropbox’s 2 GB capacity would be a problem for me.

  19. Google Drive sucks big time as a shared work environment. It syncs all the temporary files your programs create and locks these files while doing so, often resulting in data loss in your word, excel, photoshop files and many more.
    Check out this year old discussion on this issue.
    https://groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/d/msgid/drive/8deff13d-8df6-4e3d-986a-8e72f85239ff%40googleproductforums.com
    I canceled 4 paid accounts because of this.
    But it’s not like you need many accounts for this issue to occur, just editing a file inside your google drive folder is enough to be at risk of data loss

  20. One important point that is left out in this article is about sharing files with others. On DropBox, if you want to share 3 GB worth of files with someone else, these files will count against their storage space. On Google Drive, you can share as much as you like but it will only count against the storage space of the file owner. I don’t know how it is with the other services, but an important point to remember depending on how you will use the service.

  21. Spider Oak is good for backing up but worthless for restoring. Large files just get hung up when you try to download them. Once this happens their managers up the food chain will say “this is a known problem and we’re working it.” Sometimes the customer service may take a week to respond to your questions, which is a problem if you can’t restore an important document : ) Cool interface and world class security/privacy but only good for folks that only have small files to back up.

  22. MEGA has the best web-based interface that stands out among the rest. It’s fast and obviously that huge storage is a big plus.
    One thing that really makes me love MEGA even more is its MEGASync app. The interface is also great and I have all the setting I need. It flawlessly syncs my selected folders to MegaDrive without having to create a special folder first (like Gdrive, OneDrive). It’s so convenient.
    I’ve tried many clouds and MEGA is definitely the best. But, a slight worry though. Will MEGA service be still around many years from now? I believe many are using MEGA service for free. That doesn’t sound very sustainable for long term, does it?

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