Comparison Of Popular Online File Storage Services

Guest post by Srikanth.

There are many services available. It is a very good idea to store your data on secured servers, this not only saves your hard disk space but also allows you to sync and recover any lost data during a system crash or any other natural disasters.

Here in are some of the paid and free online file storage services that provide tons of free and paid storage space to store your data securely. Many of these services also allow you to share files over the web and by using specific clients, you can also backup your data automatically without the fear of losing data. The table below shows a detailed comparison of some of the popular online file storage services, look at the table and decide which service best suits you.

Web host/ Features

Adrive

Box.net

Mozy

Windows Live Mesh

Language supported

English

English

English

English

Free trial

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Storage Space

50 GB free

For multiple accounts $6.95/month for 50 GB and $13.95/month

1 GB Free

$7.95/month for 5 GB and $19.95/month

2 GB Free $4.95/month unlimited for home users

5 GB Free

Maximum Upload file Size

2 GB

25 MB for Free users and 1 GB files for Paid users

No Limit

Unknown

Bandwidth limit

No limit for paid users and 1 TB for free users

10 GB for Free users and No limit for paid users

No Limit

No Limit

Upload Options

Web based uploads, Windows and Mac Adrive clients for automatic backup

Web based

Through Windows and Mac sync clients

Through your web site and internet explorer plugins

System Compatibility

Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Mac OS x 10.4 and above systems

Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Mac OS x 10.4 and above systems

Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Mac OS x 10.4 and above systems

Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Mac OS x 10.4 and above systems

Option to delete files

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sync option

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Web host/ Features

IDrive

RapidShare

Drop.io

MegaUpload

Language supported

English

English and German

English

English, German, French and Italian

Free trial

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Storage Space

2 GB Free

500 GB for Paid customers

100 MB

50 GB Free and 1 TB for Paid customers

Maximum Upload file Size

None

200 MB for Free users and 2000 MB for paid users

100 MB

1024 MB for free users and not applicable for paid users

Bandwidth limit

Not applicable

500 kbps for free users and paid users can download 2.66 GB per day

None

No Parallel downloads for Free users and unlimited for paid users

Upload Options

Web based and through client

Web based or Direct upload

Web based or Direct upload

System Compatibility

Windows 2000, XP and Vista systems

Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Mac OS x 10.4 and above systems

Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Mac OS x 10.4 and above systems

Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Mac OS x 10.4 and above systems

Option to delete files

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sync option

Yes

No

No

No

Support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Encryption

Yes

No

Yes

No

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Upload Web Files & Documents To Box.net With Firefox

There are many times when you may come across document and files on the internet, many times you may download the document and then upload it to a service.

If you are Box.net, you can now directly upload files to your account from a Web URL with the help of a . This add-on is a updated version of the previously mention Open it Online extension which allows users to open documents online without the need to have software installed on their PC.

After installing the add-on when you click on any document or download link, you will see a additional option to save the file directly to Box.net.

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Selecting the option will open another confirmation window asking you whether you want to save the file to Box.net.

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Select the folder you want to save the file to and it will automatically be saved to your Box.net account.

If you are looking to directly copy your documents to box.net like you do on a local drive, check out our earlier article on how you can mount box.net as a local drive.

To learn more about the add-on visit the Box.net blog. Download the Open It Online  add-on to directly upload files from the web to your Box.net account.

Backup Google Docs Files

Most of the time we try and files to the clouds using several sites, however it is always good to keep several backups just to be safe.

not only provides users with a Microsoft Office alternative but also provides users with a option to upload and store files online.

However if you do not trust the cloud for data storage you are always better off keeping backups locally, if you have many documents on Google Docs, you can easily export them or sync them with your local documents.

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The LTech Google Docs Backup provides users with an option to backup and download their documents to their local drive. You can choose between various options to backup Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations.

However this will only work for Google Apps Premier and Education editions.

If you are a regular Google Docs user and , you can export your Google Documents too with a Greasemonkey script, you can find the script and other useful things in our earlier post: Getting the best out of Google Docs.

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SkyDrive File Viewer And Downloader

Quite recently Microsoft bumped up the space in Windows Live SkyDrive to 25GB, however with the lack of tools to upload and download files from SkyDrive on your desktop, this service is not the best one for managing your files online.

A tool called SkyDrive Viewer, allows you to browse and download the files stored in your SkyDrive account from your desktop.

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Upload Files To Multiple File Sharing Hosts

There are tons of file sharing websites available today and users may prefer to upload files on multiple file hosting sites, so that their users can easily download the files without getting into the risk of their file being deleted and not being available for downloads.

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However the process of uploading files to multiple hosts can be quite tedious and may also use up heavy bandwidth. There are solutions to this problem in the form of mirror uploads to multiple file sharing hosts.

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Gladinet Provides Local Access To Google Docs, Picasa Web, Windows Live Skydrive and Amazon S3

In the past we have told you how to mount a box.net account in Windows and even a fix for people who could not access the accounts on their systems. Gladinet is a freeware desktop application that will delivers web applications and online files to your desktop, it helps you access files from , Picasa Web, Amazon S3 and Windows Live Skydrive from your PC without having to use a web browser.

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Gladinet mounts a network drive that will allow you to access the documents like you are browsing it on your local PC, so you open docs stored in your Docs account with a local word processing software like Microsoft Word.

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Windows Live SkyDrive Offering 25GB Free Online Storage

has definitely changed the way people store their files and in the past we have told you about several free online storage services that provide you with free online space starting from 1GB right up-to a whopping 50GB of free online storage space.

Microsoft too offers free online storage space in the form of Windows Live SkyDrive, earlier the maximum limit of storage space provided was 5GB, but they recently announced a significant increase in the free storage space boosting it to a whooping 25GB.

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Fix for Mounting Box.net As A Drive In Windows

Quite sometime back we had written a popular post on how to mount Box.net in Windows, though the trick worked pretty nicely, the access was restricted after some time, making it impossible to load Box.net as a drive.

There is a simple fix for the problem though and you can once again mount Box.net as a network drive in Windows.

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iPhone Theme Maker, Google AdSense Below Post Titles, Comcast 250GB Bandwidth Caps, Website Dissector Quarkbase and More

Welcome to another roundup where we cover all the interesting news we could not write about over the week. It has been quite a interesting week though and there are lots of things to cover in this roundup.

iPhone Theme Maker

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Free 30 GB Online Storage at HUMYO

Seems line Online File Storage space is hotting up.

There is yet another launch this week in the already competitive segment of Online File Storage. And it is none less than 30 GB of FREE online storage space at your disposal. And this shear characteristic makes this ahead of the other services like Dropbox, box.net, MediaMax, OmniDrive, Xdrive, ElephantDrive etc.

Welcome to Humyo.

The only restriction is that out of this 30 GB, 25 GB has to be only for the media files, which makes only 5GB available to your documents and other files. I don’t think that this is a major problem for many of the users because most of the space for an average PC user is consumed by the media files.

humyo Uploading and managing files on Humyo is very smooth. You are given a Desktop client software, which allows you to use Humyo storage space as a drive on your computer. It automatically saves your files from your PC to Humyo and keeps them synchronized in real time. The access to this desktop client is limited for a period of 14 days in free access account. But you can use this service through your browser, which is also an easy option.

Humyo can easily be accessible through your mobile and it can detect the Mobile settings by itself in almost all cases.

How do they make money ?

Yes, they do make money, and they do it through their Pro Account, which gives you 100 GB and is available for $59.99 1st year then $79.99 per year. It gives you an access to encrypted file transfers and collaborative features, which allow colleagues to edit stored documents and upload files.

Although, it seems to be an attractive proposition, but I find myself somewhat uncomfortable of storing my sensitive and important data on any FREE online storage space, because who knows they change their policies some day, shut their doors, and your data is gone forever.