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    • Stompa
    • By Stompa 5th Sep 12, 5:05 PM
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    Stompa
    10GB for free here:

    http://minus.com/

    with the opportunity to increase that to 50GB.
    Stompa
    • richardlower
    • By richardlower 5th Sep 12, 5:36 PM
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    richardlower
    Dropbox is superb.
    Extra free space for recomending others.
    Automatically syncs with all your devices so you have your files saved in multiple places as well as online.
    Best of all, when you take a photo with your android it automatically syncs all your devices so when you get home your photos are already waiting for you on your desktop or laptop etc. No need to connect your phone and transfer the files.
    Brilliant.

    If you can't get enough free space, don't pay for it, just sign up with as many other free services as nessesary.
    In my opinion Dropbox is easiest and most convenient to use so use the others only when you need to.
  • greenalien
    Just to point out that none of these services are actually free - transferring data to an online storage facility will eat into your monthly data allowance. Of course, you may have an unlimited account - but if so, you're probably paying a lot of money for it!
    Burning data onto a DVD-R leaves you in control of the data and only costs around 30p for 4.7GB. If the data is important, burn 2 copies and keep them in separate places.
    Better still, invest in a portable hard drive for your backups as well - at around 70 for 1 TB of data, that's only 7p per GB!
    • prowla
    • By prowla 5th Sep 12, 6:31 PM
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    prowla
    I use Livedrive and it's excellent. Unlimited backup of a computer (I'm currently on around 500GB) or higher packages let you share files like a massive, cheaper version of Dropbox.

    From 35/year.

    Sorry, I'm too new to post a link. But it's easy enough to find. Search for Livedrive.
    Originally posted by seaneeboy
    The thread title is " Free online storage services", and 35 is not free...
    • prowla
    • By prowla 5th Sep 12, 6:33 PM
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    prowla
    Just to point out that none of these services are actually free - transferring data to an online storage facility will eat into your monthly data allowance. Of course, you may have an unlimited account - but if so, you're probably paying a lot of money for it!
    Burning data onto a DVD-R leaves you in control of the data and only costs around 30p for 4.7GB. If the data is important, burn 2 copies and keep them in separate places.
    Better still, invest in a portable hard drive for your backups as well - at around 70 for 1 TB of data, that's only 7p per GB!
    Originally posted by greenalien
    I pay a monthly amount for unlimited use on my BB. The storage services are free because the provider does not charge you.

    Also, beware that a DVD may not be as safe a storage medium as you think, and if you burn 2 DVDs from the same pack at the same time then they may not offer quite the absolute data security that you may imagine.
  • TheRealFixer
    I'd like to back up my USB key online but i have loads of folders within folders on it. I've tried Sky Drive but they only upload one folder at a time. Does anyone know of any free services that will allow me to upload the whole directory in one go?
    Originally posted by weinsteini
    adrive.com will - I use it to batch upload my photos contained in nested folders.

    Phil
    • markbernstein
    • By markbernstein 5th Sep 12, 7:03 PM
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    markbernstein
    What has kept me from using any of these services so far is that I feel uncomfortable with uploading files that may contain personal, private or otherwise "sensitive" information into an environment that is basically open to anyone who has the means to sniff around, be it a rogue employee of the file hoster or the government of whichever country my files may physically end up in.

    What I would really like is to keep my files at the host in an encrypted form. I could do that by hand (i.e. encrypt on my computer before uploading, decrypt after downloading), but for regular backups or any sort of synchronising that would be very awkward.

    Does anyone know of a file host that offers "on the fly" encrypting/decrypting during uploading/downloading, or a PC-based program that would do the job independently of the host?

    I'm not talking about encrypting the files during travel through the Internet; I assume many services will offer that protection by using a https connection. I'm looking for a way to keep the files encrypted while they are with the host.
  • BHS
    Spideroak - Zero Knowledge
    If you're looking for a totally secure/private service then look at Spideroak.

    With Spideroak your data is encrypted on your PC before transmission to the servers and only you have the key, so nobody can look at your data, Spideroak call this Zero Knowledge Privacy.

    If you want to achieve similar results with Dropbox, GDrive etc. then take a look at BoxCryptor or Cloudfogger apps.
    Last edited by BHS; 05-09-2012 at 9:34 PM. Reason: Spelling error - Cloudfogger
    • ReefDebt
    • By ReefDebt 5th Sep 12, 10:14 PM
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    ReefDebt
    Amazon recently launched its Cloud service in the UK (Amazon Cloud Drive).

    You get 5GB free with your amazon account and various packages that are cheaper than skydrive/google/apple.

    Search for "Amazon cloud drive UK" (Sorry can't post links)

    I'm looking to purchase the 20GB for 6 which seems a fab deal to me.

    I already have 50GB with box.com however would trust my files with amazon more.
  • rosetta_stone
    I use the free zonealarm idrive backup at 5GB (type it into google)

    The data transfer and storage is automatically securely encrypted
    Software is free
    It sync updates automatically any changed files
    It works flawlessly

    Downside - still only 5GB free
    • markbernstein
    • By markbernstein 5th Sep 12, 10:24 PM
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    markbernstein
    If you're looking for a totally secure/private service then look at Spideroak.

    With Spideroak your data is encrypted on your PC before transmission to the servers and only you have the key, so nobody can look at your data, Spideroak call this Zero Knowledge Privacy.

    If you want to achieve similar results with Dropbox, GDrive etc. then take a look at BoxCryptor or Cloudfogger apps.
    Originally posted by BHS
    Superb advice! Thanks very much.

    Here's an interesting review of Spideroak:
    http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/04/spideroak-dropbox-for-the-security-obsessive/
    • squinty
    • By squinty 5th Sep 12, 10:50 PM
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    squinty
    I use Livedrive and it's excellent. Unlimited backup of a computer (I'm currently on around 500GB) or higher packages let you share files like a massive, cheaper version of Dropbox.

    From 35/year.

    Sorry, I'm too new to post a link. But it's easy enough to find. Search for Livedrive.
    Originally posted by seaneeboy
    Or...

    Buy the same package from a reseller at get is cheaper.

    I'm with Carbon Cloud Backup - 2 for the first year (unlimited storage) and no more than 15 in future years.

    Well worth a 12 month trial at that price.
    • Helix
    • By Helix 5th Sep 12, 10:52 PM
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    • 1,410 Thanks
    Helix
    What has kept me from using any of these services so far is that I feel uncomfortable with uploading files that may contain personal, private or otherwise "sensitive" information into an environment that is basically open to anyone who has the means to sniff around, be it a rogue employee of the file hoster or the government of whichever country my files may physically end up in.

    What I would really like is to keep my files at the host in an encrypted form. I could do that by hand (i.e. encrypt on my computer before uploading, decrypt after downloading), but for regular backups or any sort of synchronising that would be very awkward.

    Does anyone know of a file host that offers "on the fly" encrypting/decrypting during uploading/downloading, or a PC-based program that would do the job independently of the host?

    I'm not talking about encrypting the files during travel through the Internet; I assume many services will offer that protection by using a https connection. I'm looking for a way to keep the files encrypted while they are with the host.
    Originally posted by markbernstein
    Wuala by LaCie (the hard drive manufacturer) offer this. http://www.wuala.com
    • prowla
    • By prowla 6th Sep 12, 8:01 AM
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    prowla
    Or...

    Buy the same package from a reseller at get is cheaper.

    I'm with Carbon Cloud Backup - 2 for the first year (unlimited storage) and no more than 15 in future years.

    Well worth a 12 month trial at that price.
    Originally posted by squinty
    ...or maybe there should be a separate thread about paid-for online storage services.
  • johncdavies
    Hi there
    I had some free space with Dropbox but wanted to backup all of my PC including photo's, video and music (Total of about 120Gig).

    Looked round for ages and ended up on a comparison site called vodas - virtual office development & support. It was a very helpfull site.

    I ended up going with MyPC Backup as they provided lots of space for a good price.
  • TheRealFixer
    Be careful when considering a cloud service via a re-seller. Re-sellers can and have disappeared and leave you in the lurch with lost data. Sometimes they may warn you to allow you to download all your files or the cloud host may give you access - but sometimes they don't.

    Phil.

    (Personal experience when trying out various cloud services)
  • welshskier
    I find SugarSync much easier to use than Dropbox. There's no reason why you can't use both (and other freebies) to make the most of free storage.
  • BenjiFarro
    theres a few...

    GoogleDrive
    Skydrive
    dropbox

    personally i dont like the idea of online storage purely for if my internet drops i cant access my files! i store on an external Hard Drive... works wonders
  • HelenR1987
    Google Dropbox is what we used to use in work
  • Dodders
    Mozy, yet Another provider
    Nobody has mentioned mozy yet, the nice thing with them is you can create a personal key rather than use the mozy default one so encrypting your data before it is sent. Not the cheapest but been with them for a few years and never had a problem.
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