There are a plenty of free and paid online storage services online which offer different features. While some allow you to simply upload and download data while others allow you to view you files online and also collaborate with other users. In this post I will be concentrating on only the free services.
1) Amazon cloud Drive : If you just want a virtual drive for uploading videos, music docs or photos, you can use the Amazon Cloud drive. Your files can be neatly classified into categories in pre-existing folder structures and the service offers 5 GB of free space. However, files above 2 GB in size cannot be uploaded. Screenshot
2) Adrive : Adrive is another online file storage service with a whopping 50 GB of free storage and can extended to 10 TB with payment. The service uses Java for uploading and downloading but its one downside is that the uploading speeds are very slow. Screenshot
3) Windows Live SkyDrive : Windows Live SkyDrive which debuted as Windows Live Folders also offers a pretty good amount of 25GB storage space. Since this is offered from the legends, it’s more reliable and secured. You have to sign up using your Windows Live Id or Hotmail Id. You can access files from your mobile device as well as you can compress and download all your files as a compressed archive. The files can also be specified as public or private with links for sharing as well. One major drawback in this is that Windows limits file upload size to 50 MB, which is a bit disappointing. Screenshot
4) Google : Google is the biggest competitor for any Internet services online. They offer same service as above mentioned and how can Internet giant Google be out from this service having millions of space in there servers. Google’s various services like mail docs and Picasa together contribute to have a storage space of about 10 GB which is constantly increasing. By installing a simple extension we can use 7.5 GB Google’s email space as Hard Disk in our PC. Just install it and follow the instructions given and will show up as a separate hard disk in My Computer. Screenshot
5) Dropbox : Dropbox can be used as client side software on our PC which offers 2 GB of online storage. Just install the software and drag and drop files to upload. The software will automatically upload all of your files when the computer is idle. The transmission of file data occurs over an encrypted channel (SSL) and all files are encrypted which is an added bonus. It even works with all major mobile platforms. Screenshot
6) Others : Although I have listed only the major services here there are plenty of others too like Mozy, 4shared, Esnips, SafeSync, etc. but none of them offer the same features as these do. At the end of the day you have to choose which one is best for you and also keep in mind that it is not just the storage space that matters but reliability, security and support are also equally important.
Apart from these services if you know any other services for free, please share that with a comment below. This post is written by Vedant Kumar who writes for Gamershub