It is with sadness I came across the piece of news that UDisk, a Cloud Storage Service offered by the creators of UC Browser (the most downloaded Web browser on earth) ..would be going off air effective Sept 15, 2016.
In plainer language, the service is being terminated.
You could download something while using UC Mini Browser or UC HD/Full Browser on any platform to the UDisk. This does not cost you data, as your download is warehoused pending when you want to physically download.
How did I get to know about this imminent shutdown?
I was trying to download a 1.2 GB custom ROM file, but did not have enough data, and decided to temporarily “up download” to UDisk, pending when I have enough data.
To my chagrin and disappointment, I got smacked in the face by message:
Dear UDisk Users,
In Line With The Government Operation To Regulate Cloud Storage, UDisk Services Will Be Suspended On Sep. 15th, 2016. Suspension Includes,
1.Halting File Browsing Services On UDisk;
2.Suspension Of Permanent Storage On UDisk;
3.Halting Offline Download Function;
4.Please Transfer Your Personal Files To Local Disks Before Sep. 15th, 2016, Otherwise You Risk Losing Your Files After The Above Services Are Suspended.
Thank You For Your Support Of UDisk. We’re Deeply Sorry For The Inconvenience Brought By This Adjustment.
Long story short, this is the end to this wonderful service which was truly convenient … as you can always “up/download” and redownload later when ready, or, if you are a blogger and need to shift things about in the cloud, you save a bundle of data
The surprising thing is that users of this were NOT notified of the impending closure of this service, and lots would simply lose the data they keep … if they don’t make an attempt to use the service before deadline and see the imminent closure notice (like I was fortuitous to do).
This is not good enough!
This emphasizes the folly of over relying on (a single ) cloud storage (especially the non paid plans). You can simply wake up, and your data is electronic spaghetti… gone forever.
I have been scouring the net for alternatives to this service long ago, (knowing that nothing this good & free lasts forever) .. without success.
But the imminent stoppage of this UDisk service brought renewed desperation to my search and I eventually discovered that Puffin Browser has the ability to download things to a cloud service like Google Drive / Dropbox.. without the need to first download to your device storage physically.
Don’t rejoice too much, though.
From the Puffin Browser website:
Love To Download Stuffs But Hate Rising Bills On Your Data Plan? With Gigabit Light-fabric Cloud Network, Puffin Can Now Download Files To Your Cloud Drives At Lightning Speed. Since This Happens Cloud-to-cloud, Downloading Files Won’t Consume Any Of Your Network Bandwidth. Now, Puffin Browser Supports Download-to-cloud For Files Up To 100mb ( 20mb Files For Puffin Free And 1gb For Puffin Free With Preimium Download
This means, for bigger files, you would need a file splicing service to chop into small pieces and put those together again afterwards.
If you have files stored on UDisk, ensure you shift them before the doomsday of September 15, 2016 .
Meanwhile, Puffin Browser is the next port of call as a (temporary) replacement for me.
Let me go download Puffin Browser from Google Play Store.
It is also unavailable on iOS.
Are you aware of any other (close) alternative to the outgoing Udisk Service?
If you are on android, you could use a file “splitter and joiner” like Droid Splitter on Google play to split the files to cloud download with Puffin browser and amalgamate with the same tool. A similar tool should exist for iOS .