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Six Free Online Storage Servies

Google announced their online storage/cloud service and recently made it available - mine was ready yesterday.  The SkyDrive service (Microsoft) was  recently updated ( MS also offered extra storage space to people who had signed up prior to some time in February). 

There seems to be growing interest in providing free online storage, now often called a cloud service.  Most of these companies are hoping that you will need more space and upgrade to a fee-based offering that usually also provides enhanced services as well. 

With that in mind, I did some research to see what is out there that is free and and fairly easy to use.  Below, I have listed six sites along with  links to visit them.

I'm only listing sites that have a permanent - not just a trial - free offering.

SkyDrive:  25GB of free space.  Offered by MicroSoft. No desktop client software required.  Drag and drop files into folders.  Users can configure public and private folders.  I have tested SkyDrive and I find it to be one of the easiest sites to use.

iDrive:  2GB of free space that is increased to 10GB once you have five valid email addresses in your address book.  A very robust offering.

GoogleDrive:  5GB of free space.  Integrates tightly with other Google services such as Gmail.  I just got my account yesterday so I am still playing around with it but, so far, it looks good (and I am a fan of Google).

DropBox:  2GB of free storage though they have lots of activities that you can do, such as installing the desktop client, referring friends, setting up a mobile account, etc. that garners you additional space.  DropBox has been at this a while and has a lot of well-earned market share.

ADrive:  50GB of free space.  ADrive has the most generous free offering that I could find.  I have had an ADrive account for quite a while and have used it for files that I might need for lectures.  I have found the service easy to use.  As is the case with all of these services, any given file cannot exceed a certain size though ADrive is, again, very generous with a 16GB maximum upload size. 16GB covers anything that I need, including videos.  Most services have a 2GB file limit.

4Shared:  15GB of free space.  Signing up is super easy and I think the home screen might be one of the best of the lot.  You don't hear of 4Shared as much as Google, DropBox, and a few other big names but they deserve a visit.  I found the user interface to be very intuitive.

SugarSync:  5GB of free space.  SugarSync has a look & feel that is unique and attractive.  I liked it as much for how different it is as I liked it for providing a good free storage plan.  You should take a moment to visit their site.

Please leave comments with any sites that you recommend or comments about your experiences with any of the online storage providers.
erick99 posted Apr 26, 2012

Funny how history repeats itself. Remember like 10 years ago when these online storage sites were so popular. Eventually a fee of some sort needs to find its way in. A bit of a different ball game these days with cell phone integration but eventually someone is going to have to start charging for this service. You cant just give away badnwidth for free forever.

Acidbaby (rep: 7k) posted Apr 26, 2012


I agree, Acidbaby. I think they hope to convert a percentage to their higher tiers where they charge a fee but I wonder if they convert enough to make it worth their while. Another statistic I'd like to find is how many many business customers any of these have and the revenue as well. I've not heard of any of these storage vendors filing for a multi-billion dollar IPO :)

erick99 (rep: 430k) posted Apr 26, 2012


i use google drive, dropbox, skydrive, i guess..and amazon cloud. i used to use another one called xdrive back in the day too.

i always thought box was pretty good..but didn't sign up for it since i'm already with a bunch of others. the one i've used the most so far is dropbox..but that's only because skydrive is still new and google drive is really i rarely use...for storage space, that is.

nimrodboy3 (rep: 68.2k) posted Apr 27, 2012


If you will keep doing creating such a nice reviews you will end up being one of the DP mods :) Good job!

belarus94 (rep: 64.8k) posted Apr 27, 2012


Thank you for the kind words, belarus :)

erick99 (rep: 430k) posted Apr 27, 2012