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Personal Cloud Storage For Free Best Options

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Google Drive is free up to 5GB, Dropbox to 2GB (free upgradable upon promotion and referral to a limit of 16GB additional Bonus Space), and SkyDrive up to 7GB (the earlier free level was 25GB, some of us wer lucky enough…). That’s at least 14-48GB right there, but there are other cloud storage services out there, too. Let’s collect them here and try to get up to the Terabyte storage for free.

ADrive

Not an amazing service, but in the paid versions you have FTP and WebDAV access to your account. They utilize Zoho® technology with their cloud services to allow users to edit their word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations online. You can open, edit, and save your documents all from within your ADrive account. Limitations of the Personal Basic Plan: Not compatible with Android App, no online collaboration, 2GB Individual File Size Limit, Mandatory Banner Ads & Marketing Emails, Web Interface Only

Best for: A lot of space, big files up to 2GB.
Free storage: 50GB

Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon has gotten into the Cloud Drive business with a new app. The Cloud Drive itself is not new, just the desktop software. You can store up to 5GB of files for free on their excellent cloud servers. You can access your files from anywhere; the most interesting feature is that music files purchased from Amazon and stored on the drive don’t count toward your storage allocation. As a promotion, in fact, any music files uploaded to the Amazon Cloud are stored for free. Amazon wants to push its Cloud Player online music app.
The downside: Amazon Cloud Drive is not a synchronizing hard drive like the other products we are reviewing. When you’re offline, you can’t access or update files you’ve put on your drive. Rather, you copy files from your local system to the Drive. It’s a good music storage product, but not really useful for working with or sharing files.

Best for: Storing a lot of music for free.
Free storage: 5GB

Apple iCloud

This is Apple’s solution. Apple uses cloud storage strictly for its own apps: You can store your files from Keynote, Numbers, and Pages in the Apple cloud, as well as backups of your iOS devices. It’s seamless to open these files from any machine running the apps. But it’s not a general-purpose cloud file storage product.

Best for: People in the Apple ecosystem
Free storage: 5GB

Bitcasa

Bitcasa is the crazy one. The idea here is that you pay $10 a month for unlimited cloud-based storage that is synchronized to you computers’ hard drives. In the Bitcasa vision, there is no real difference between the cloud and your hard disk. Your hard disk looks infinite because it’s, technically speaking, just a really big cache for your unlimited cloud drive.

The service is still in beta. It may be that way for a while.

Best for: The dreamers
Free storage: TBD

Box

Box is the file-sharing service designed for businesses. You can get a plan as an individual user, but this company makes its money from, and does it best work for, the business team. Desktop sync isn’t even available on individual accounts.
However, on a business account, there’s a lot to recommend here, including the sync feature, a suite of user account management and monitoring tools, and on the high end of the scale, integration into enterprise identity services. Google Drive isn’t yet available for business customers on Google Apps.

Best for: Businesses
Free storage: 5GB

Cubby

A new entry from LogMeIn, Cubby has taken the best ideas from existing sync and share products. It’s simple like Dropbox, allows you to sync any folder like SugarSync, and it offers a computer-to-computer sync feature that lets you share folders between two computers without storing them in the cloud; this helps keep the price down if you’re using the system to keep a lot of data synced between computers.

Cubby is in invite-only beta and pricing has yet to be determined beyond the 5GB free tier.

Best for: Syncing a lot of data between computers
Free storage: 5GB

CX

This is another flexible sync product. Like SugarSync and Cubby, it lets you share any folder on your computer. The CX team is focused on collaboration, and the product lets you create groups of users for sharing files. It gives groups collaboration tools, too, like discussion threads.

CX has another plus in the freebies sector: 10GB of free storage.

Best for: Most free storage, sharing files with groups.
Free storage: 10GB

Dropbox

Dropbox is king of the tech set for file synchronization and sharing, and setup is fast and easy; the free service grants a limit of 2GB of storage, and additional 16GB if you turn into an evangelist. and sharing files with other people is beautifully simple for both the sender and the receiver. If you’re a Dropbox user and accustomed to the system, there’s no need to move off to other services. If you need a fast way to share a file with another user, or you want to park a file in the cloud to access it from anywhere or from other computers you own, it’s still a fantastic experience — better than Google Drive.
The upstart product from Google is not quite as simple or clear, but it does offer more free storage (5GB to Dropbox’s 2GB) as well as better deals on paid storage.

Best for: Beautifully simple sharing.
Free storage: 2GB

ElephantDrive

This is an online storage service with some sharing capabilities that has a nice looking interface but it is terrifying slow. Maybe interesting for people trying to sync files under Windows or Mac.

Best for: clouddrive collectors, another 2GB drive for free
Free storage: 2GB

FlipDrive

Beautiful interface, fast service. You get sharing functions, but it is actually a basic cloud drive. For every friend who joins, you will get up-to 500MB of bonus space and up-to a maximum limit of 10GB.

Best for: fast access to files over webGUI
Free storage: 5GB

GetFreeCloud

Based on the software developed by owncloud.org, interesting service. You get sharing functions, synchronisation of music, files, pictures, calendar, etc. You can mount your disk locally and sync via WebDAV. You get a personal basic account with 6GB.

Best for: owncloud fans
Free storage: 6GB

Google Drive

To review: Google Drive offers 5GB of free storage. It’s integrated into Google Docs so you can put your files from local apps alongside your Web files, which is pretty handy.
Google Drive is relatively easy to get started with on a PC, Mac, and Android device, but not under Linux.

Best for: People who live in the Googlesphere.
Free storage: 5GB

iDrive

Nice service for online syncing with a great price. Its sharing capabilities are lacking and it offers no media streaming or picture viewer. You get immediately 5GB for free; for every friend who joins, you will get up-to 1GB of bonus space and up-to a maximum limit of 50GB.

Best for: fast access to files over webGUI
Free storage: 5GB

Microsoft SkyDrive

Microsoft’s cloud storage initiative is the closest competitor to Google Drive. It combines access to SkyDrive, which is storage for the cloud versions of the Microsoft Officeproducts, its hard disk in the sky. It also has the rare, but valuable to some, capability to sync files computer-to-computer, bypassing cloud storage. Microsoft only recently announced its paid storage tiers for the service, which remain separate from the storage allocated to Microsoft Office files.

Best for: Microsoft true believers.
Free storage: 7GB (for files)

MiMedia

Not amazing, but another free service. You get 7GB for free. No support for Linux or Mac yet, but easily accessible via web interface. You can get 1 GB of additional storage for every 5 referrals that become MiMedia subscribers. (Up to 5 GB of additional storage)

Best for: People looking for more cloud space.
Free storage: 7GB

Mozy Stash

From the backup company Mozy (itself a part of EMC), there’s a simple sync product called Stash. It should be a good solution for people who want to integrate their cloud backup accounts with the sync accounts, except it likely requires too much awareness of what’s where to be used effectively. As a free service it’s got the same 2GB limit as Dropbox, and its features aren’t fancy either. But if you are a Mozy user, it’s a nice add-on service.

Best for: Moziers.
Free storage: 2GB

OpenDrive

Just another free drive service on the cloud, basically supporting Windows and Mac users. Useful as a backup service. It has a quirky (facebook looking) interface that is slow. They say they stream media (did not try it).

Best for: Windows and Mac users.
Free storage: 5GB

OwnCube

Also based on the software developed by owncloud.org, it is an interesting service. You get sharing functions, synchronisation of music, files, pictures, calendar, etc. You can mount your disk locally and sync via WebDAV. On top of that, they have developed an OwnCube downloader, which allows for directly copying files from the Web or Rapidshare to your OwnCube account. You get a personal basic account with 5GB. For each friend who signs up on OwnCube you get 1 GB extra disk space.

Best for: owncloud fans
Free storage: 5GB

SugarSync

SugarSync is the old-fashioned, super-feature-rich, ultra-flexible store and sync service. For individual users, it has a feature set that puts Dropbox to shame, and it allows very fine-grained control of what is synced, and to where. You don’t have to sync just the system’s own folder — you can sync anything. SugarSync has highly evolved iOS apps, as well. SugarSync, until Google Drive jumped in, offered the largest available online storage locker for users, 500GB.
SugarSync is complex, however. While it offers a simple desktop sharing folder like Dropbox, it’s easy to get lost and confused in its options. The big drawback is that you need to be under Windows and do not get a Web-only option like all other services.

Best for: Flexibility of what you sync and share
Free storage: 5GB

Syncplicity

You get a personal account for free. You can get up to additional 1GB referring your friends (up to 3GB additional space). If you are a subscriber, they will double your referral space to 2GB. There are other better services for the money out there. Your account includes: Up to 2 computers and mobile devices, 2GB of storage, ability to sync any folder on your computer — sync Documents, Photos, etc without having to drag-and-drop them. Access to files and folders anywhere through the website, automatic backup and storage of past versions, ability to sync with Google Docs

Best for: automatic file sync.
Free storage: 2GB

Ubuntu One

Ubuntu One is a very mature service offered by the Linux distribution Ubuntu. A very stable sync client, that allows you to sync any user folder to the cloud. The only drawback for Windows and Mac users is that the sync client is only compatible with Linux. Under GNOME you have a totally transparent integration, even for those not running Ubuntu. I am currently running it under Linux Mint, an innovative distribution I really recommend.

Best for: those who want to complement dropbox under Linux.
Free storage: 5GB

Wuala

Wuala was once an independent cloud storage provider, but it was acquired by the hard drive vendor LaCie, and the product is included with some of the company’s drives now. Wuala has a unique proposition, though: Its data is all hosted in Germany, Switzerland, and France, where privacy regulations are stricter; it would be, theoretically, harder for a government to get into your files on this service. There are no Wuala servers in the U.S.

Best for: The paranoid.
Free storage: 5GB

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