Top 6 Free File Storage And Backup 03/16/2010
I have spent a long time (maybe too long) searching for free online file storage. I have put together a list of the top six best file storage sites. As always they are all completely free or at least have a reasonable free option. Here is a list of sites offering free service. No Trials or mandatory upgrades. They are arranged from least to most storage, although usability seemed to go in the same order. Scroll down to the bottom or click HERE for a quick table comparison of all five.
5. SnapDrive offiers up to 5GB of file storage, mobile file upload through Snapit.mobi, share your photos, add music & videos, create direct links to download and access files to email, IM, web pages, and forum. Files expire if inactive for a set time, See Snapdrive.net for more information
4. Humyo offers simple drag and drop file management system; lets you synchronize your Humyo folder to your PC; secured file management vault. It’s a file management in the cloud as you can access your file anywhere, using any PC or even your mobile phone. It also allows you to share files with your friends and family. 10GB of storage on a free account with upgradeable options if necessary.
3. Windows Live Skydrive
Windows Live Skydrive has an advantage being backed by a major company. It offers 25GB of free online storage. All you need is a windows live account.(Messenger, Hotmail, Bing, etc) A program is availiable to view Skydrive files from your computer as if they where stored on your hard drive however it is only for windows. BUMMER. It is a windows explorer add-on called SkyDrive explorer. It is availiable for free download here.
Adrive is in my opinion the one of the best file storage website out there. It gives you 50GB of free online storage. You can upload up to 200 files at once with an upload limit of 2GB. It uses a handy Java applet and works with Linux, Mac and Windows. When you go to the Adrive website you will see a big green ad saying 50GB free trial, don't let this bother you. It is a free trial of there PLUS service but the basic service is still 50GB as described above.
The basic service is available for free and allows users to upload files of up to 2048MB Free users cannot download files larger than 1 GB however. Free registered users are offered 200 GB of total file storage. Premium users have unlimited file storage. After a successful file upload, the user is given a unique URL which allows others to download the file.
Any file uploaded anonymously will expire if there are no downloads for at least 21 days. For free registered accounts, the expiration period is 90 days. Premium accounts have no expiration period as long as the user remains a premium member.
Users must fill a text-based CAPCHA when downloading a file. Non-registered users have to wait 45 seconds in the download queue and a certain amount of time between transfers after a certain number of megabytes had been downloaded. Registered users have to wait 25 seconds in the download queue.
Note that even paying members do not get a direct hotlink for non-paying members to download. Non-members trying to download an uploaded file are forced to MegaUpload's site and have to wait 45 seconds to initiate a download.
1.Mediafire offer UNLIMITED FREE file storage. The service allows users to upload files of up to 200 Mb each for free and 10 Gb for paid subscribers. The user is then supplied with a unique URL, which locates the file and enables anyone who knows it to download the file. Uploaded files will be stored as long as the user logs-in into his/her account at least once every 60 days or at least one of the files is downloaded every 30 days. Furthermore, images can be uploaded and displayed in galleries.Features of MediaFire include unlimited storage and a limit of 200MB per file (10GB for Pro users). MediaFire does not enforce waiting times for downloads, require CAPTCHAs, limit simultaneous downloading, or set bandwidth limits. However, it does require cookies to be enabled.
In August 2008, the service began offering a MediaFire Pro ("MediaPro") service that added more features and removes some limitations. Pro users can upload encrypted ZIP or RAR archives, remote upload files, and browse the website without ads.
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