Self-hosted Google Drive, OneDrive, Carbonite, Amazon S3, DropBox

If you are looking for a self-hosted Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive, Carbonite, or Amazon S3 alternative, BackupChain has all the components you need to set this up yourself and save thousands of dollars per year by hosting a secure system yourself.

Whether you want to share files online securely with team members or use cloud storage for remote backup, BackupChain offers the server-side and client-side apps you need to set it all up yourself in minutes.

On the client side you can use the freeware DriveMaker or DriveMaker Plus. It maps a drive letter, say A:, to your remote storage and you can use the files and folders as if they were local.

On the server side you can use a secure FTP server like the one included in the BackupChain backup software toolset. BackupChain’s FTPS server can be set up to work with unlimited users and storage and requires only two ports to be forwarded from your router.  If you are setting up this self-hosted network for remote backup purposes, you can use BackupChain on your client PCs or servers as well to send your backups over the internet securely. BackupChain also knows how to deal with broken links so that lengthy uploads resume where they left off instead of having to upload the same file over again.

BackupChain and DriveMaker are a great alternative and allow you to build your own, self-hosted DropBox, Google Drive,, OneDrive, or pCloud like service. Rather than paying monthly to services like TeamDrive, iDrive, SpiderOak One, Mega, or Jottacloud, you can save all that money by self-hosting. In addition you can add as much storage as you need without paying more on a monthly basis.

BackupChain also offers several components to set up your own self-hosted remote backup system, like a self-hosted Amazon S3, Carbonite, or CrashPlan style system.

Minimum System Requirements

Server Side

BackupChain FTPS Server

Good download and upload bandwidth, relative to expected traffic load

A Windows PC will suffice for a small setup, with Windows XP or later.

For larger setups use a Windows Server. BackupChain v4 was released and works with Windows Server 2022 and Windows 11.


Client Side

.Net 4 or later

Windows XP or later, and Windows Server 2003 and later are all supported.


DriveMaker was released for Windows Server 2022 and Windows 11.

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