This is a short review on different Cloud Storage Services from free storage perspective.
Many online software service company have come up with their own offering of free cloud storage. To name a few, we have – Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Box, and Drop Box, each offering free cloud storage. If you care to get an account with each of them, I am very sure you would be convinced that purchasing a USB hard drive is no more a solution.
You can backup all your data online on cloud. You can access it from anywhere in the world. Your data is on the move with you. The Quality of Service (QOS) too is far supreme and you can bet very well that your data is safe. The same is not true for a USB Drive. You can loose your data if there is a physical damage to your drive.
Let’s see how much storage you can get without paying a penny. The assumption here is you open free account with each of these cloud storage space providers. For this post let me focus on the storage space of the services and not on the features.
Your account with Google/Gmail grants you 15 GB of free space, which is shared between Gmail, Google+ Photos and Google Drive. But do you know this space is limited to each account. If you happen to have multiple accounts with Google, you have 15 X (n) GB of free space that you can use. Here (n) stands for the number of accounts you have opened with Google. Considering an average user to have 2 or 3 accounts, your Google Drive free space should be 30 or 45 GB. I am keeping the paid storage space out of scope for this post!
iCloud Drive allows you 5GB of free space once you sign up. The basic requirement is you need to be on at least iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite to be able to use iCloud Drive. Any purchased app from Apple store won’t count against the 5 GB limit.
If you have an account with Microsoft, you also get access to OneDrive, their cloud storage offering. The initial free quota is 15 GB of free space. If you are an office 365 subscriber you get unlimited free storage. But if you are not, don’t worry, you can also expand the free storage capacity by referring the service to your friend (up to 10 is possible) and earn 5 GB (500 MB per friend referred). You can also get additional 3GB if you opt to backup your pictures from your Camera roll.
Dropbox is the simplest to use when it comes to Cloud storage and they are quite popular among the masses. Dropbox provides 2 GB of free storage.
Box is another popular Cloud storage service, which provides a wonderful way to synch your data to cloud storage. The free service is for personal usage and you get 10 GB storage space. You can definitely upgrade to a premium account, which is well what we are not discussing in the post.
Other than the above well know Cloud storage providers, there are a few more Cloud storage services, which provide a good amount of storage space for your personal usage. Since these are from relatively smaller companies, I would recommend it for storing non-important stuffs.
- Adrive provides 50 GB of free storage space for Personal usage.
- Copy providing 15 GB of free space on sign up for free.
- Bitcasa provides 20 GB of free cloud storage on creating an account.
- JustCloud gives you a mere 15 MB of free space.
- SurDoc gives 100 GB of free space.
A few Chinese internet company giving storage space in Terabytes ! This is definitely unbelievable. But many of these are well established company. Go ahead with these if you trust them. Anyway, I personally would recommend these Chinese services to store any non-critical, non-sensitive data.
- Yunpan is giving away 36 TB of free storage space
- Baidu the Chinese search giant is providing 1 TB of free storage space
- Quihoo 360 personal plan is worth 1 TB of free storage space.
- Tencent is providing 10 TB of free storage space.
There are many more services, which are not mentioned in this post. More such services would be coming up in future. Since you already have more storage power with numerous online cloud storage services, do you still think there is a need to go for an external hard disk to back-up your data?