Why and How I canceled my pCloud Account

Published by Vyas Amar on

In this post, you will find the steps I took to cancel my pCloud account. Long story short, I had two accounts, and I wanted to close one of them. Convenience is one reason. The other is that in spite of a 10 GB account, usable space was only 6.5 GB foe some reason. Because of multiple storage accounts, I thought of closing this free one. The key before taking this step, however, is to back up your data. Read on to learn how I did it.

My post today brings a different flavor compared to the posts I have written in recent times. That is, I am publishing neither a review, nor a benchmark. This post also marks the beginning of sorts for a new category I am adding to my blog: Cloud Storage.

Screenshot showing deletion of pCloud Account. Blog of Amar Vyas
Deleting pCloud Account

Decision to cancel my pCloud Account

pCloud, in case you are not aware, is a Switzerland based cloud storage and file transfer service. I have written about the latter in my post about alternatives to WeTransfer.

Backup before Deleting the data from pCloud

I had two accounts with pCloud, both in the free tier. I have been thinking of upgrading to a paid plan. But my lifetime plan for Koofr, and the 4 TB plan with Thunderdrive are more than adequate for my needs for now. The plan I wanted to cancel is a 10 GB one, but do to some errors, I could only use 6.5 GB. My actual storage was about 7.5 GB, so I kept getting “storage exceeded” error. Therefore, I decided to move my data out from pCloud and close this account.

How to back up your pCloud data

The first and most important step before deciding to cancel a service is to back up your data. Therefore, in this part of my post, I will talk about how to back up your pCloud data. I thought of the following options to back up my 7.5 odd GB of data:

There are multiple ways of achieving this.

-Download the files as a single, large ‘zip’ folder

-Use Webdav to connect the pCloud folder to my laptop

-Install the pCloud app on my Mac (or Linux) computer and “sync” the folders

b. Download to a VPS or a cloud drive:

I decided to opt for Option b. In the past, I had used a service like MultCloud to transfer the files. This time round, I decided to use two services:

-Rethink Software (for connecting via web browser)

-using RClone, a terminal based application

Rethink Made me Rethink!

Rethink, (formerly known as Publist) provides a convenient way to connect cloud drives, VPS and other services graphically via Web browser.

Setting up the connection was very easy, but the speed of transfer was slow. I ran into an error mid way, which made me repeat the process. The end result: duplication of many files and folders.

Screenshot of folder menu for Rethink. Blog of Amar Vyas
Duplication of files and folders while transferring files using Rethink

Enter RClone

Open source tool, Rclone, is a terminal based file transfer, syncing and backing up tool. I had used it several years ago, quite unsuccessfully. This time, I decided to read the documentation in detail. In addition, I watched the How Tos on YouTube, and decided to dive into using RClone. I backed up the content from pCloud to two different Virtual Private Servers.

Configuring rClone in Linux Terminal. Blog of Amar Vyas
Configuring rClone in Mac Terminal
Connecting a Linux VPS to pCloud account and transferring files. Blog of Amar Vyas
Connecting a Linux VPS to pCloud account and transferring files

Next Steps: Deleting The Account

The files were backed up on the two different servers. I went to my account menu in pCloud and clicked the “delete” button. I received an email asking me to confirm the deletion. As one last step, I was asked to enter my password. Finally, the account was deleted.

Confirmation: deletion of pCloud Account. Blog of Amar vyas
Confirmation: deletion of pCloud Account

Notes and references:

a. How to configure pCloud using RClone:

Screenshot showing connection of rClone with pcloud. Blog of Amar Vyas
Connecting RClone with pCloud

b. Connecting pCloud and Rethink:

Screenshot of Rethink software's connectivity options. Blog of Amar Vyas
Rethink offers connectivity options for multiple cloud providers including pCloud

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