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06/25/2011 02:37:21 PM · #1
Hs anybody used http://www.onlinestoragesolution.com/ ?

I read good reviews and they seemed to be real, so I got an account and it does not work.
Many emails sent, and they, oddly, reply from a gmail account. The help they offer does nothing and is minimal.
I have not uploaded anything, since my account has never been recognized by the system.
Other than the signup fee, I'm not out anything else, yet.

Are they a scam or just incompetent? Do you use them? Thanks!
06/25/2011 05:27:09 PM · #2
No one? Thats not a good sign either....
06/25/2011 05:48:22 PM · #3
I've never heard of it, much less used it... but it doesn't look TOO legit to me. Even their terms of service looks iffy. I tend to judge a book by it's cover.. and usually, if a website looks unprofessional/not well done, I don't trust it. That's my 2 cents. Sorry if I'm not of much help.
06/25/2011 06:51:25 PM · #4
Originally posted by amsterdamman:

Hs anybody used http://www.onlinestoragesolution.com/ ?

I read good reviews and they seemed to be real, so I got an account and it does not work.
Many emails sent, and they, oddly, reply from a gmail account. The help they offer does nothing and is minimal.
I have not uploaded anything, since my account has never been recognized by the system.
Other than the signup fee, I'm not out anything else, yet.

Are they a scam or just incompetent? Do you use them? Thanks!
I recently gone through reviews of the online storage and selected idrive.com - 150Gb for $49.95 per year (I think this was a special, normally $69). So far I am happy with it. I am more limited with the bandwidth to upload than the storage. I think cheap unlimited would be suspect. A lot reviews are really dishonest advertising by the owners of the businesses using pretend domains. This has been very much the case with Web hosting. You have to be sure the review is from an honest source and truly impartial.
08/14/2011 04:12:21 AM · #5


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08/15/2011 11:37:15 PM · #6


Message edited by author 2011-09-21 06:54:00.
02/25/2012 08:20:25 AM · #7
Online Storage Solution has been the most horrifying Storage Solution EVER. The service is just terrible.

Well, I'm here to tell what might happen to you if you go ahead and sign up with Online Storage Solution thinking you're getting a good deal. Take my advice, do not register for this service. You'll end up regretting it forever.

When I initially signed up for Online Storage Solution, I was satisfied with the service despite the numerous outages when you can't access data at all, upload errors etc. But then I was happy that the service was very cheap and I'm getting a good deal for my money.
There was lots of downtime, making it difficult to access your files at all times. They would keep on upgrading to new servers and plan to abandon the old servers, so you, as the customer, would have to follow up and push the 'customer support' to get you onto a new server or else you'd have problems. Lots of times, their disk gets full and you will need to contact support to reallocate the storage so you can continue uploading; that was a real pain while uploading lots of data. Also their software had lots of problems, I don't blame Online Storage Solution for that, because its not theirs, but then that is what they recommended and it never could finish a backup for me. Even after countless emails to support, I could never backup my computer through rsync. Well, I resorted to FTP and manually did everything.

Oh yeah, the 'customer support' which they don't outsource (as said on their website) is made of one person named Stephen Bennet. Many people here say Online Storage Solution is run from a garage, while, it might sound very stupid; trust me, once you become a member of Online Storage Solution you'll know why people say that.
You have to wait for more than 25 minutes every time to reach a guy who is rude and wants to get rid of you as soon as possible. I'll come to that later.
The support will rarely respond to you. You'll have to send countless emails and you'll be lost in tracking and keeping up with the complaint for so long, you'll realize you'd have saved more time and effort by paying a little more to another provider.

Well I lived with all of this, I was still "Its alright, the service is cheap and does most of what it says", until....
....I lost my files, more than 200 gigs of them, completely; they disappeared from my account.
As I said Online Storage Solution keeps upgrading servers for which you have to keep contacting support to move you to a new one.
I had my files copied to the new server with the files on the old server intact. I thought, "Well atleast I have my files on the old server". But I realized I was wrong, new server and old server, ALL my files, every single one of them vanished, suspiciously.

I filed a ticket late January and I'm still struggling with the support to get the files back, which is probably never going to happen. What I've gone through was a horrible experience, still horrible knowing that all the files I stored with them are gone forever; I trusted them and they lose every single file I stored with them. So much for the redundant storage (mentioned on their website). Its so redundant and reliable, that it managed to lose both my sets of backups at the same time!

I've sent numerous emails, which don't usually get responded to, for which I had to call them up continuously and listen to their hold music for more than 25 minutes every time. I've attached the ticket history. The Steve guy (One man tech support) assured me TWENTY TWO TIMES that my files would be restored. That never happened.

Yesterday, I had the worst experience ever. Now instead of the Steve guy replying to my ticket and giving me false answers. He said Chris, the owner, was working on this issue. He asked me to get him on an extension, which I could not reach. After another 30 minutes of waiting on phone and getting to talk to Steve, he THEN tells me that he is on a conference call and would call me up as soon as he's done in another 30 minutes. Yeah, if Chris or Steve would call me back, pigs would fly that instant. Expecting their tech support to call you back is like expecting the president to have coffee with you for breakfast at your house.

I called up in a half hour because I didn't receive a call nor could I reach Chris, Steve said he was still on the conference call with his "provider" and I'd have to wait FOUR MORE HOURS to get him (which didn't happen, and a call for four hours??). I exclaimed that it was too long and that they've been putting me off for a long time, not hours, not days, not weeks, MONTHS! The guy got angry and told me that they're trying to recover the hard drives (so much for their secure storage). I told him that you've been saying that for the past two months (22 times!) He gets more angry and literally screams at me insultingly "Have you been listening to me? I said it'll take 10-15 days." Dude you've said that TWENTY TWO times and it never happened. He shouts at me like I work for him and he's paying me. I paid for my service and he's the one scolding me for losing my files.
Moreover, he talks like losing your files isn't a big deal, like its routine and normal.

He told me that he'll call me back, again never did, I tried calling after four hours. And guess what? Tech support closes even before their normal working hours (which are short themselves for a support department).

That's it, I cant even reach them till Monday. Their great tech support is only Monday to Friday. If you have a problem or the server goes down Friday Night. Good luck, not gonna get fixed till Monday.

Bottom line:
Worst service ever.
Buy this service, not only if you have money to waste but also lots and lots of precious time and of course, tolerance to tech support shouting insultingly at you.
And of course, lots and lots of patience.
Pay and go through what I've experienced and get severely ripped off, even after getting warned.

This service is unethical, unprofessional and unreliable. JUST NOT WORTH THE TIME, MONEY, PATIENCE and EFFORT.

Again trust me, NOT WORTH IT.
02/25/2012 08:32:25 AM · #8
that was posted here 13 minutes ago as well someone on a mission, http://www.scaminformer.com/scam-report/onlinestoragesolution-com-http-onlinestoragesolution-com-oss-c74700.html

08/01/2012 12:27:55 PM · #9
Well, I had this service for 2 years now, I copied tons of my files (pictures and personal movies). Suddenly I lost all of them.

I tried reaching out to Stephen (it looks he is the only one that works there) and after 25 or so of emails asking to restore my files, i gave up. reaching him by phone did not make any progress. He will tell you that he will do it and will call you back in 25 minutes, but nothing happens.

This is a scam, don't waist any $ on it. I lost some pictures that I'm not able to recover. What a big mistake.

I guess the best thing is to keep few of the local Hard disks available and renew them after 2 to 3 years.

If you have any connection with those guys (or Stephen only I guess), please ask them to stop this scam and save the people the frustration.
08/01/2012 12:37:22 PM · #10
For cloud storage I strongly recommend brand names (Google Microsoft Apple Amazon, I'm sure there are others). You want someone to pick up the phone when the fit hits the shan.

There's also no reason you can't have more than one for important things.
09/22/2012 06:23:59 PM · #11
Service is just a crap. No matter how many features it provides to you, minimun you can expect from a storage service is reliability and ols donít provide it. I uploaded my personal pictures & videos and more than once i detected some of them have just dissapeared from the server. Support just ignore me and is not willing to help. This is the worst service and support iíve ever seen.

I had other incidences, like finding my root unaccessible, or being moved twice of server forcing me to upload again all my data. But losing data and not providing support is by far the worst incidence.

My advice: AVOID OLS.
09/23/2012 02:49:05 PM · #12
Originally posted by jadin:

For cloud storage I strongly recommend brand names (Google Microsoft Apple Amazon, I'm sure there are others). You want someone to pick up the phone when the fit hits the shan.

There's also no reason you can't have more than one for important things.


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