Free Cloud Storage Providers: Who is leading the Cloud?


  1. You’ve forgotten Box, Sugarsync, Cubby, Copy etc. Best cloud, best Apps, best accessible for Documents, best working online Editor and available for all platforms is, of course, Google Drive and not SkyDrive. 😉

  2. I just started using (from Barracuda Networks). Features are a bit basic, but you can’t beat it from a space standpoint. You get 15Gb free (20Gb if you sign up from a referral link) plus you get an extra 5GB per person you get to sign up (promo going on for a limited time). That person does have to install the app (phone/tablet/computer) for you to get the extra 5GB, but it is real easy to accumulate a lot of space very quickly. The person signing up also gets an extra 5GB so it is a win-win. Here is my referral link to get 20GB free if you want to check it out:
    I figure get in now and get a bunch of free space while the gettin’s good 🙂 Hopefully they will add some more advanced features in the near future so I can stop piece-mailing all these other free services together just to get enough space.

  3. Capacity isn’t the only factor here there is ease of use and underlying technology to upload and synch, I battled for months with Google drive where it would upload an entire file, sometimes hundreds of MB in size just because I’d changed a couple of lines, Whereas Dropbox just uploaded the changes, making it infinitely easier to manage large synchronisations and reducing the costs on my internet connection. I had to upload around 120 gig to each service ( google and dropbox) and dropbox wa far superior to use.

  4. Txs Aran, your articles are not only well presented, but, also very “spot-on” regarding reals issues of interest. Keep up the excellent work!

  5. Thank you for mentioning these services. I will check them out and see how they compare with Sky and Google Drive. I agree Google Drive is very good and offers more choices in file types. The only problem is conversion of files that can be edited directly on cloud – documents, spreadsheets and presentations. If it could open the originals without creating copies, I would have placed it at top.

  6. Great. Thank you for the link. I might use it to sign up with and see how it compares with the ones listed here. I’ve mentioned only the popular ones that have been around for long. Some others were in mind too but they required a group of people. Can’t recall the name of that service but it offered 1TB to a group of 10 people – meaning you have to get another 9 people to share that space.

  7. That is true about Google Drive. Also, if you are using the sync software and you install it again on the computer, you have to give it a new folder. You can’t direct it to the folder already residing on your disk.
    SkyDrive on the other hand, too uploads only the changed portions. The only problem appears when you do a reinstall of the operating system and then set up the SkyDrive. You have to remember the name of your computer else it assumes it a different computer.

  8. Hey Arun, my last laugh about Office Web Apps was, that a file created with Office 2013, uploaded to SkyDrive could not be opened by Office Web App for Word documents. I downloaded this file from SkyDrive, updoaded it to Drive and succesfully opened it as a .gdoc. I edited the file and exported it as a .docx-file, transferred it to SkyDrive and than it could be opened by the Office Web App. Funny failure, isn’t it.
    So, once again, which service is better?
    Keep in mind, .gdoc-files do not count memory in Drive!

  9. More funny, Office Web App for Word docs is unable do do such a silly thing as a manual page break. Docs in Drive support this without any problem.

  10. As I said earlier, I agree that Google Drive supports a larger file formats. You will need to download .HTML from SkyDrive (last when I checked it in Feb/Mar 2013) but Drive will open it directly in browser.
    The major problems with Google Drive are:
    1. Not being clear on what file is exactly being collaborated as it creates a copy of each edit or something. I got confused so often that I moved to SkyDrive for collaborations.
    2. You have to give it a new folder every time you reinstall the sync software. It will then download all from your Google Drive to the new folder even though you have it already on your local computer. And then, to maintain the sync, you’ll have to delete the older folder (in my case, I don’t want duplicate files to occupy local space).
    I would also have Google Keep link in Google Drive – so far it is absent and I have to manually type to get to it.
    These were the shortcomings obstructing a smooth workflow. Probably, we cannot have a perfect list as my necessities are different from yours and yours different from others. But yes, SkyDrive too needs to be able to support pretty good amount of file types.
    I trust SkyDrive only for document, spreadsheets and presentations. All other file types go to Google Drive.
    I also hate it when I miss a word in naming my computer during install and the SkyDrive creates an additional computer to sync the files with – thereby confusing me which ones are actually active. Tedious task to remove “non-existing” computers on SkyDrive.

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