kreiley
Nov 27, 2012

What is the best choice for free cloud storage?

There are a number of choices for free cloud storage - Dropbox, SkyDrive, SugarSync, etc. I was wondering if anyone had compared them to see which is the best choice for free cloud storage. Is there anything particularly good or bad about any of them, or are they all pretty much the same?

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deweysnyder
09/08/2014

I am currently using CloudBacko for cloud storage. I found it a reliable source of data backup. If you need to backup virtual machine, physical servers, or databases, there are a number of choices free cloud storage - Dropbox, SkyDrive, SugarSync, etc. However, the crucial part of the discussion is security of your data. “CloudBacko” is the only solution. So the unique feature, which I am dependent is that it encrypts your filenames in addition to file contents of your data on your computer before sending to the cloud. I got it by adding multiple free accounts from each of these cloud providers to CloudBacko, and you can get as much as 100TB of cloud storage free of charge.

jellyfish25
08/08/2014

I am using SugarSync. I don't get why people use DropBox, iCloud, Skydrive. This one works much better. You can easily control over what gets synced and had a great mobile device support. DropBox is too limited single folder sync. 

 

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Tex
03/23/2014

Lets not forget all the owncloud.org service providors, like http://freecloud.mobi which allows you to bring your own external harddisk. Then you basicly get unlimited online disk space for free. Of course, you should have a good internet connection for the connection to work properly to your shared disk.

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EmilyKulish
12/23/2013

DriveHQ is the first Cloud IT Solution Provider. It offers enterprise cloud IT service, which includes many more business features than just cloud storage. My answer may not be very relevant to free services. Hope you or somebody else need cloud storage for business.

 

For business cloud storage services, many tech editors failed to mention two very important facts: (1) Enterprise features; (2) Enterprise service pricing vs. consumer service pricing. 

 

It is surprising as many keen tech editors have ignored the fact that the user license price is the main cost instead of the storage cost. Most cloud storage providers charge a much higher price for business than for consumers. For example, Google Drive’s storage price for business is twice more expensive than the consumer service price. Moreover, Google Charges $50-100/user/year. Compared with the user license cost, the storage price is really nothing. Dropbox for business is even more expensive at $125/user/year. The user license price is ludicrous, esp. when you compare with DriveHQ’s price of only $6/user/year! 

kenneth890
11/01/2014
Great answer, very helpful!
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Muhammad Ammar Naeem
05/21/2013

In my opinion Dropbox, medifire and Surdoc. They are best free online backup providers and offer upto 100GB free online storage. Though i have found out the list of top 100 free online backup providers that offer upto 100 GB free storage including all these big guns

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iShawn
02/21/2013

It really depends on your usage environment, like what kind of files you intend to save and sync, what kind of platform you use the most during everyday life, and price matters. For example, if you need sync documents among all the platform, then dropbox maybe the choice, and can be increased space by referral. Consider specific platform, windows for skydive, linux for ubuntu one, mac or iOS for iCloud. If you have large data like photos, files need to store and not really need sync everywhere, box maybe the option.

 

http://www.boptek.com/best-free-cloud-storage-providers/

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Ryan Northrup
12/04/2012

Really, the best answer depends on what you want to do with it.  Seamless integration with Windows or Mac OS X?  Pick Dropbox.  Seamless integration with Gmail and Google Docs?  Pick Google Drive.  Awesome mobile integration?  Go with Box.  Use Ubuntu?  Go with Ubuntu One.

 

My personal recommendation is Box.  It doesn't integrate as nicely as Dropbox does, but it has pretty good mobile integration, 5GB of free space (you used to be able to get 50GB of free space simply by installing the mobile app; I don't think that offer's available anymore...), sharing is very straightforward, and it's actually one of the most secure cloud storage sites (the only other site that I know of that offers two-step verification, for example, is Google Drive, and that's if you enable it for your whole Google account).

 

That said, I use pretty much all of the services mentioned here (and then some) other than SkyDrive (haven't gotten around to trying it) and that one from Apple (since I don't own a Mac) for different purposes.  Google Drive for documents, Ubuntu One for Ubuntu Software Center synchronization, Dropbox for Windows/Mac integration, Box for everything else.  They're all great services.

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Agili Ron
12/26/2012

Hello Friends,

Recently, Dropbox the popular cloud-storage company doubled the amount of free space you got for inviting friends to Dropbox. How much is that? For every friend you'd invite who installed Dropbox, you'd both get 500 more MBs of free space. With a free account, you can invite up to 32 people for a grand total of 16 GB of extra space. Pro, read paid, accounts now earn 1 GB per referral, for a total of 32 GB of extra space. Better still, you get this space retroactively if you'd already gotten people to give Dropbox a try.
That's great, but does it make Dropbox the best of the personal cloud storage services? Maybe. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is offering some kind of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud services lately. In IaaS that you find file storage, ala Dropbox, but other companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft are also offering storage, media serving, and other IaaS ad hoc services for either free or minimal prices.

Thanks and Regards,
Agili Ron

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rcook12
11/28/2012

I think for the most part they are all pretty similar.  Sure, there are differences in amount of free storage, integration in the Apple/Google/MS universe, etc., but in general figure on 5Gb+- of free storage to get you started.  Dropbox has had more than it's share of security issues in the past, but I know that they have made some improvements recently.  I personally use Google Drive because it was already integrated into many things I use every day.  The decision was based as much laziness as rational analysis, though.    

jimlynch
11/27/2012
Here's an article that might help.

The six best personal cloud storage choices for your stuff
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networking/the-six-best-personal-cloud-storage...

"Recently, Dropbox the popular cloud-storage company doubled the amount of free space you got for inviting friends to Dropbox. How much is that? For every friend you'd invite who installed Dropbox, you'd both get 500 more MBs of free space. With a free account, you can invite up to 32 people for a grand total of 16 GB of extra space. Pro, read paid, accounts now earn 1 GB per referral, for a total of 32 GB of extra space. Better still, you get this space retroactively if you'd already gotten people to give Dropbox a try.

That's great, but does it make Dropbox the best of the personal cloud storage services? Maybe. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is offering some kind of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud services lately. In IaaS that you find file storage, ala Dropbox, but other companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft are also offering storage, media serving, and other IaaS ad hoc services for either free or minimal prices."
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