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Ok, this is Storage Review, so why not make a storage guide/review - for free online storage.

Please add information and experiences you had and I'll amend this post accordingly.

Many companies offer free online storage - advertisement supported and completely advertisement free.

With Photography I had to look into free storage twice for fellow maths students.

Please note that this should not encourage sharing of copyrighted material where you do not own the copyright.

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Here are a couple of Free Online Storage offers:

Filesharing:

  1. http://www.speedshare.org/
    Advertisement supported - apparently to some people the download link isn't obvious - it also gives you a delay before the download is allowed.
    One has the choice between registering for an account that allows file management (e.g. deletion) or "just uploading".
    File sizes limited to 200MB
  2. http://www.filefactory.com/
    A free Advertisement supported service - again, a delay before downloading begins.
    If I remember correctly during testing I found that some of the advertisements may be - hmm, heading towards inappropriateness.
    File sizes limited to 300MB if I remember correctly
  3. http://www.fileden.com/
    Registration requires quite a lot of information but for this you get direct hotlinking to the files - or a page that displays advertisements - files are subject to a download bandwidth limit of 5GB per 30days - then this is reset.
    File sizes limited to 1GB
  4. http://skydrive.live.com/ - Recommended
    The Windows Live Skydrive - to upload files a Windows Live or hotmail account is required.
    Live accounts get 25GB of storage - I used this to deliver photographs to students on my maths course - apparently downloading can be a bit dodgy at times.
    Filesizes limited to 50MB
  5. http://www.rapidshare.com/
    One of the most commonly known filesharing/file storage sites - the one time I tried to use it I didn't manage to upload any files...

Synchronizing and Backup:

  1. https://www.mesh.com/
    Allows to share, backup and synchronize files - not sure how it works - the site isn't all that clear to me.
    Edit: This will be replaced by Live Synch - currently available as a Beta in the new Live Essentials. http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials-beta
  2. http://www.box.com - Recommended
    Box.com is similar to the older established Dropbox - only backup and sharing of files. Paid for plans also allow for collaboration (not sure about free accounts.)
    Free accounts have 5GB of space (offers via BlackBerry included 10GB and Dell 50GB) - more is available on paid for plans. Files are limited to at most 250MB of a free account.
  3. http://www.dropbox.com/ (Wide user base - established service)
    A client based system that let's you backup and synchronize files and also allows sharing, however accounts that use excessive bandwidth sharing files, may have the sharing of that file suspended.
    Free accounts offer 2GB of space.
  4. http://www.copy.com - untested
    Mentioned in this thread in a new post - cannot comment on quality. Offers free and paid for accounts.
  5. http://docs.google.com/
    Google documents which offers 1GB of storage for any filetype.
    250MB maximum file size.

Photosharing:

  1. http://www.flickr.com - Recommended
    A popular photo sharing service from Yahoo - a Yahoo Account is required.
    Free accounts can display 200 images - if you upload more the oldest are hidden - they are not deleted.
    Free accounts are limited to a maximum displayed image size of 1024 Pixels on the longest side, and 3MB per image (think so), as well as a monthly upload of 100MB.
  2. http://picasa.google.com/
    Google's image sharing site/system requiring Picasa software and a google account it allows users to share images.
    I do not have information about any limitations handy at the moment
  3. http://www.imageshack.us/ - Recommended
    A free image sharing site - image sizes are limited, and the site offers the choice between accountless image sharing and signing up for an account.
    Speeds can be a bit slow at times.
  4. http://photobucket.com/
    A similar service to Imageshack - photo sharing for free, limited image sizes, with or without an account.

Please add any other services you know off as well as some personal experience and information.

Unconventional Sharing:

  1. https://wordpress.com/
    Small files that need constant sharing and permanent availability can be shared effectively via Wordpress - especially if they have a story to go with them.

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As noted in another thread, I really like Live Mesh. I love that the sync happens in the background and I can use the browser to access the files on machines that don't have the Mesh client installed.

There are some drawbacks too though. Only 5GB total storage space. The web interface is sluggish, and managing members can be a little difficult. Some of the other photo sharing services are probably better for what I'm doing with Mesh. Hmmm, we might need to add the likes of Snapfish, Photobucket, etc to the list as well.

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As noted in another thread, I really like Live Mesh. I love that the sync happens in the background and I can use the browser to access the files on machines that don't have the Mesh client installed.

There are some drawbacks too though. Only 5GB total storage space. The web interface is sluggish, and managing members can be a little difficult. Some of the other photo sharing services are probably better for what I'm doing with Mesh. Hmmm, we might need to add the likes of Snapfish, Photobucket, etc to the list as well.

Thanks for the suggestion - Photosharing - I could add them as a dedicated list - I'd need to look into Live Mesh.

A goo Photo Sharing site is Flickr I use it... I have it in my NBR sig - but ran out of space here...

For Photo Sharing I know:

ImageShack, Flickr (use them)

Google Picasa, Photobucket (heard of them, saw Photobucket)

I might add them as well :)

Thanks

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A service that I've been using lately is DropBox (www.dropbox.com). Haven't used it enough to really be able to compare and contrast, but one major plus is that they have clients for Windows, Mac, Linux, and iPhone. In addition to the desktop client, you can use their web site to access your files. Backups happen in the background and you can get 2GB of space free.

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There's also the Google Docs file upload area now. 250MB file size max, with 1GB of space for free. Their paid plans aren't terribly expensive though.

Select a plan:

20 GB ($5.00 USD per year)

80 GB ($20.00 USD per year)

200 GB ($50.00 USD per year) includes free Eye-Fi card

400 GB ($100.00 USD per year) includes free Eye-Fi card

1 TB ($256.00 USD per year) includes free Eye-Fi card

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There's also the Google Docs file upload area now. 250MB file size max, with 1GB of space for free. Their paid plans aren't terribly expensive though.

Select a plan:

20 GB ($5.00 USD per year)

80 GB ($20.00 USD per year)

200 GB ($50.00 USD per year) includes free Eye-Fi card

400 GB ($100.00 USD per year) includes free Eye-Fi card

1 TB ($256.00 USD per year) includes free Eye-Fi card

Ok, I add Google documents - at the moment I don't think adding prices helps... there is too much, and one can really look into that if one is interested.

(Nearly every service has a paid for version, it would make the list too long - and formatting isn't great... can't easily get empty lines??)

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Google claims that GDrive does not exist...as part of the new 250MG file upload limit and file type restriction removal they said there's no such thing.

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Here's the translated version of that German URL...I don't think this adds much evidence that a formal GDrive is a possibility.

An important factor that a virtual disk from Google is immediate, is cost. "The users are expecting that the service is free," said Spies against pressetext. For Google would be in a free online hard drive for additional infrastructure, incur costs, but not necessarily significant additional revenues grow. "For Google, the question of how much additional advertising may be sold by such an offer," explains the analyst. He estimates the corresponding potential, but as a not particularly high. Therefore, he assumes that Google is likely to await more and watch the market, although there are already competing bids. "It will be interesting, is how successful Microsoft's Figure of '," says Spies. In Figure of it is a Windows Live service, the user has 25 gigabytes of free online storage space.

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y...=auto&tl=en

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Here's the translated version of that German URL...I don't think this adds much evidence that a formal GDrive is a possibility.
An important factor that a virtual disk from Google is immediate, is cost. "The users are expecting that the service is free," said Spies against pressetext. For Google would be in a free online hard drive for additional infrastructure, incur costs, but not necessarily significant additional revenues grow. "For Google, the question of how much additional advertising may be sold by such an offer," explains the analyst. He estimates the corresponding potential, but as a not particularly high. Therefore, he assumes that Google is likely to await more and watch the market, although there are already competing bids. "It will be interesting, is how successful Microsoft's Figure of '," says Spies. In Figure of it is a Windows Live service, the user has 25 gigabytes of free online storage space.

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y...=auto&tl=en

I can read German pretty well :) its my native tongue :D - English is my second language - I'll take it off, but I'm pretty sure that Google will offer a drive - if only to compete with Microsoft - and they are technically in a strong position as they have some of the infrastructure.

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Hah, the bad translation is for everyone else then ;)

I agree that they have the capability to do it whenever they want, but I'm not sure if the economics are there. Not that that's stopped Google before, but all indications that I see currently point to them leveraging the Docs interface to let people manage files there and pay a modest fee for extra storage.

It would be nice though if you could set that up as a virtual drive.

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From the backup services mentioned, I can vouch for both DropBox and Google Docs. They're both excellent for personal use and school work especially DropBox as you can share certain files with classmates with ease. I've used shared folders when working on team projects before and they worked out well, we've shared notes as well like that.

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SkyDrive.

I have 8TB of backups there. Thanks Microsoft!

I would have hard time understanding why anybody would bother with any other solution that probably will not be there tomorrow. Waste of time and effort. MS is here to stay. Sorry if I made their service slow for you folks. 8TB is a lot of data!

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SkyDrive.

I have 8TB of backups there. Thanks Microsoft!

I would have hard time understanding why anybody would bother with any other solution that probably will not be there tomorrow. Waste of time and effort. MS is here to stay. Sorry if I made their service slow for you folks. 8TB is a lot of data!

Little question - how did you get 8TB up there?

My Skydrive is 24GB unless I am mistaken... - or did they change something? Or is it multiple accounts.

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Little question - how did you get 8TB up there?

My Skydrive is 24GB unless I am mistaken... - or did they change something? Or is it multiple accounts.

I had one of our workers sit down and grab 3-4 hundred accounts through proxies. It is rather easy after that with Gladinet software.

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Live Mesh is in the process of being replaced by Live Sync, aka Windows Live Essentials, which is currently in beta. It offers 2 GB of free storage, remote desktop and remote access to files on your PC if it's online.

MS Blog article on Live Sync

Windows Live Essentials Beta

So for storage, it seems to be on a par with Dropbox now.

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From what I can see, DropBox currently* sets up one folder on your computer called My Dropbox, and whatever you want uploaded has to be put in there. So for example if you want to synchronise My Documents, you have to move the folder into your My Dropbox folder. Easy in Vista and later, harder in XP.

MS Live Sync allows you to synchronise any folder on your system, with a few (not too restrictive) limitations on certain file types. For example, no .bak files or anything starting with a ~ (tilde). No system files.

Neither seem to have any limitation on file types or monthly bandwidth usage.

*I gather they've been planning to remove this limitation at some point.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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Dropbox also has an iPhone App which is a nice way to access files remotely.

Just checked Android Marketplace and it's here too...that's a huge plus if you ask me.

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Good list!This online storage services allow us to keep safe our files like pictures,videos or important documents safe.I have used some of the services from the above list.All are quite good.I found Mesh very faster on creating back up and keep data safe on exchanging files over Internet.

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I'd stay away from CX.com. I was sucked in by the amount of free storage they allowed, but in the process of backing up my files more than half of the files on my hard drive were deleted. I did extensive searching, and they were not moved - they were gone. I emailed CX a half dozen times begging for help, hoping it was part of their backup process and that they could help me easily restore the files. I never got a response to any of my emails, and when logged into my account the dashboard said I had no outstanding inquiries - my emails to tech support disappeared just like my files.

In the end I had to go through 500 folders, each with 3-5 subfolders and many files in each one, to find the stuff that had been erased and individually download them back to my PC. There wasn't even a way to DL the folders with all their contents; I had to DL each and every one, one at a time.

Steer clear, and good luck.

Matthew

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Ok, I added Dropbox - they aren't secure according to the German authorities, but well known.

(I think the whole post needs some updating...)

The other names only have new members mentioning them - any established users who can voice their input on them?

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A new one to the market is Copy.com. Same basic features as Dropbox but with more free space. When you sign up you'll get 15GB of free space and if you install the desktop app you'll get an additional 5GB free.

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referral links are still spam

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