This is my eighth post in this series. It is a handy list, a one stop shop if you like, of the best Freemium Online data Storage, File Sharing, File synchronization and Backup services. Ok! I admit, there are NO totally free services available.
Everyone needs to backup important data in one way or another. The safest method of backing up important data is to create multiple backups: to an external drive and also to an online storage service.
Nowadays, external drives are reasonably priced. About 10 months ago, I bought a 1TB external storage device for about $100. The nice thing about it, is that you can use Windows tools such as: "Back Up Files Wizard" and "Windows Complete PC Backup". I am not sure if this would be possible using an online storage service to do a "Windows Complete PC Backup".
Things To Consider
There are several things to consider when storing data online:
- Security of stored data and of data during transmission.
- Storage size limitations.
- Reliability and credibility of the service provider that you choose.
- The ability to automate backups.
- Customer support.
- Restrictions on file size and/or file extension.
- Restrictions on download/upload speed.
- Restrictions on bandwidth per day.
- Expiration of stored files.
I would like to emphasize that all the services listed below:
- Offer a Freemium service.
- Offer a minimum of 2GB of online storage for Free.
- Are in my opinion, the best.
There are too many online storage services available and it can get confusing. After an extensive research and reviews, here are some of the best freemium online storage services that I found.
Hover over each image or link for a short description. All links are External. Good Luck!
Top Freemium Services
Update: On January 19, 2012 – The US government put MegaUpload out of business with piracy crimes allegations, so they are out…
Paid Service Worth Mentioning
Comparison Between Different Services
- Wikipedia – Comparison of Some Online Backup Services
- TopTenREVIEWS – Online Storage Services Review (2011)
- Comparing SugarSync to the competition
Definition of Terms
Do you have any more online storage services to add? If so, please share it in the comments section.