What is the best choice for free cloud storage?


Ryan Northrup
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Really, the best answer depends on what you want to do with it.  Seamless integration with Windows or Mac OS X?  Pick Dropbox.  Seamless integration with Gmail and Google Docs?  Pick Google Drive.  Awesome mobile integration?  Go with Box.  Use Ubuntu?  Go with Ubuntu One.


My personal recommendation is Box.  It doesn't integrate as nicely as Dropbox does, but it has pretty good mobile integration, 5GB of free space (you used to be able to get 50GB of free space simply by installing the mobile app; I don't think that offer's available anymore...), sharing is very straightforward, and it's actually one of the most secure cloud storage sites (the only other site that I know of that offers two-step verification, for example, is Google Drive, and that's if you enable it for your whole Google account).


That said, I use pretty much all of the services mentioned here (and then some) other than SkyDrive (haven't gotten around to trying it) and that one from Apple (since I don't own a Mac) for different purposes.  Google Drive for documents, Ubuntu One for Ubuntu Software Center synchronization, Dropbox for Windows/Mac integration, Box for everything else.  They're all great services.

Agili Ron

Hello Friends, Recently, Dropbox the popular cloud-storage company doubled the amount of free space you got for inviting friends to Dropbox. How much is that? For every friend you'd invite who installed Dropbox, you'd both get 500 more MBs of free space. With a free account, you can invite up to 32 people for a grand total of 16 GB of extra space. Pro, read paid, accounts now earn 1 GB per referral, for a total of 32 GB of extra space. Better still, you get this space retroactively if you'd already gotten people to give Dropbox a try.That's great, but does it make Dropbox the best of the personal cloud storage services? Maybe. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is offering some kind of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud services lately. In IaaS that you find file storage, ala Dropbox, but other companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft are also offering storage, media serving, and other IaaS ad hoc services for either free or minimal prices. Thanks and Regards,Agili Ron
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