The Online file storage battle seems to be heating up. After Box.net increased their free storage space to 5GB, another sync service, SugarSync, has increased their free online storage space to 5GB.
SugarSync syncs your files across multiple platforms like Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. The service provides users with a desktop client which can then be used to sync files to the SugarSync servers.
The new 5GB free accounts will be available to both old and new users. SugarSync also provides a business account which provides users with 30GB space for $4.99 a month. If you do not have a SugarSync account, you can sign up for a free account to get 5GB storage space.
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Online File Storage and collaboration service Box.net has bumped their free storage space to 5GB from 1GB and business storage to 500GB from 15GB. This makes them one of the largest online storage space provider right now.
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Box.net, one of the online file storage services has increased their free storage space from 1GB to 5GB which will now allow users to store a large amount of files online. They have also announced that they will be increasing their business storage from 15GB to 500GB whilst allowing enterprise users to store unlimited files in the cloud.
Business and enterprise users who have been using services such as SharePoint, Google Docs and Sales Force get an added advantage here. However, for personal users, services like Dropbox which offer 2GB space and additional space for recommendations along with Windows Live SkyDrive which offers 25GB storage space along with Windows Live Mesh which providers users with 5GB sync space are more lucrative offers.
Box.net has built several data-centers to protect data along with also using Amazon’s S3 service promise better security for the files and documents stored with their service. I believe that this additional storage is definitely something which will cheer up users, both personal and business.
If you use Box.net, you might want to read up on how to use it as a local storage space in Windows. You can also access Windows Live SkyDrive from Windows Explorer.
Dropbox is one of my favorite ways to synchronize and backup files, however, the limit on basic account is only 2GB which is pretty less considering that you can easily fill it up with few vacation pictures and videos. You could use the multiple Dropbox account trick to backup more files though.
Also see: Other Online Free Storage Websites and Tools
Dropbox also provides users with an option to invite friends and get 250MB extra storage for every friend of yours who signs up. But did you know that you can also get 250MB of storage space for free by just clicking on the "Get Started" link in your Dropbox account?
If not, go ahead and login to Dropbox and click on the Get Started link to increase your Dropbox storage space by 250 MB, if you don’t have a Dropbox account yet, you can always use my sign up link to add to my quota . Sign up for Free 2GB Dropbox Storage Account.
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I have more free storage space online than I know what to do with. I have SkyDrive, Google Docs, Dropbox, Ubuntu One, Drop.io and several others. That doesn’t mean I won’t accept more if it’s offered. In 2008, when Adobe offered 5GB of free space online for files, I snapped it up. Their service is called Adobe Acrobat Document Service. All you need is an email address and a password to use it. There was one major problem with it and I have not been using it. Adobe’s service only allows you to upload one file at a time.
Since you can only upload one file at a time, it takes too long to use their service. Most of the time, I use SkyDrive Explorer to upload files when I need cloud storage. This may change since I found a free program called CloudDrive. This freebie app let’s you upload multiple files into your Adobe Acrobat Documents account. Take a look at the CloudDrive application:
CloudDrive looks almost like a regular file window and you’ll have no trouble figuring it out. It allows you to create folders, but I did notice one problem with that. You can’t move files between folders easily. As far as I can tell, you have to download a file and then re-upload it into a different folder.
Other than that, I can’t see much wrong with this application.
http://www.driveoncloud.com/ (XP, Vista, 7)
Techie Buzz Verdict:
If you are going to use Adobe’s Acrobat Document Service, you are definitely going to want CloudDrive to help you upload multiple files and folders. CloudDrive is still very new and I’m hoping they’ll add a way to move files between folders soon. CloudDrive has quite a way to go before it’s as easy to use as SkyDrive Explorer or Dropbox.
Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)
Google Docs is slowly but surely becoming a online storage medium for files and documents. Earlier, Google Docs allowed users to upload word documents, PDF files and other office related documents. However, they have now opened up storage to essentially all types of files.
In addition to that, they have also jacked up the free storage limit to 1GB with an option to buy additional storage space at $0.25 per GB. If you are looking for an easy way to upload files to Google Docs, you can use the desktop uploading tool for Google Docs. In addition to that, you can also export all your Google Docs as a Zip archive.
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So is Google trying to take over your files too? Is this a side introduction of GDrive, the much hyped and not-yet-delivered product from Google?
Don’t want to store your files on Google Docs? Take a look at all the free online storage options we have covered in the past.
Online storage services allow you to store files in the cloud, allowing you to create multiple backups of your files. However, most of them do not provide you with desktop tools or explorer integration to browse and upload files easily.
A longtime back we had told you on how you could integrate your Box.net account with explorer. If you are a Skydrive user, we came across another software called Skydrive Explorer, which will help you to access files stored in Skydrive from Windows explorer. This adds a whopping 25GB of space to your computer.
Once you have installed Skydrive Explorer, you will see a new entry called Skydrive Explorerin Windows explorer. This drive will not be functional until you login to your Skydrive account.
Double click on the Skydrive Explorer icon to login to your Skydrive account. Once you have entered your credentials, you can access your Skydrive files from Windows Explorer. You can copy and paste files to the Skydrive Explorer, just like any other folder on your computer.
Techie Buzz Verdict
Skydrive Explorer is a recommended software, as it makes it much more easier to manage files in your Skydrive account. The fact that it acts like just any other folder on your computer, allows users to quickly copy/paste files and back them up in the cloud, without having to go through a web interface.
Skydrive Explorer is a must download.
Ratings: 4.5/5 (Excellent)
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Rapidshare is one the most famous file-sharing network, which hosts several terabytes of files. However, downloading files from Rapidshare can be a bit annoying if you use the web interface.
In the past, we had told you, how to bypass wait screens in Rapidshare, and also about several Rapidshare search engines, to search and download files from Rapidshare. RapidWareX is a Rapidshare download manager, which allows users to conveniently download files from Rapidshare.
Rapidshare download manager supports, simultaneous downloads and retrying of failed downloads. You can setup your premium Rapidshare account in the software, so that you don’t have to enter your username and password over and over again.
RapidWareX also provides users with a Web UI to remotely manage Rapidshare downloads from anywhere in the world. In addition to that, it also allows you to stream audio and video files, directly from Rapidshare servers.
Localhostr is a popular and unobtrusive way of sharing files online. It allows you to upload files up to 50MB in size. The best part is that it has a pretty simple and non-intrusive interface.
Localhostr uploader is a nifty freeware utility that will allow you to upload files directly to localhostr right from your desktop.
The app is pretty lightweight and almost looks like a Adobe air application. Sharing files though is a piece of cake, just drag and drop your files on the application and it will be uploaded to localhostr. You can then copy the URL and share it anyone.
Pretty cool and awesome way to share files quickly and easily. The only limit is basically on localhostr’s end, where they limit file uploads to 50MB. If you are looking to share bigger files take a look at our list of online file storage websites that offer higher limits.
Localhostr uploader is available both as a installer and portable software.
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Yahoo Mail has been constantly improving over the past few months with the addition of several applications that make your life easier while connecting with people, sorting your emails and more.
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But a constant problem with online email has been that they do not allow users to attach files which are larger than 10 or 20 MB, which makes sharing pictures and videos that much more harder, of course you could always use online file sharing services to share larger files.
Yahoo Mail has worked towards resolving the problem of sharing large files up-to 100MB by tying up with Drop.io.
Using the new Attach Large Filesfeature you can attach multiple files as long as they are 100MB or less, the recipient of the email can download individual attachments or choose to download them all at once.
Definitely useful and reliable. Considering that Gmail is still stuck with 20MB, Yahoo mail could definitely be a good alternative to share large files.
Attach up to 100MB or rich media files to your emails [Yahoo Mail Blog]
Even though Google Docs already stores in the cloud, it does help to have a backup of your document somewhere else, in the past we have told you about tools that help you backup your Google Docs documents to your desktop.
Gladinet a popular cloud storage solution that allows you to access and store documents in the cloud by hooking into services like Windows Live among Amazon S3 others have now released a new version that will also let you backup your Google Docs documents to anywhere else in the cloud.
Definitely helpful when you use the web as a primary storage for documents and still want to keep it safe and secure.
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