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best free online storageIn today’s digital world, our entire life — both work and home — are tied to computers. Hard disks are unpredictable and are prone to failures leading to data loss. Research shows that every year 43% of computer users lose valuable data. The best way to hedge your data storage risk is to store critical data on the cloud.

Cloud storage services offer paid monthly subscriptions either for unlimited storage or for hundreds of gigabytes of data. Most of us do not have that much critical data to backup and therefore it would be a total waste of money. And for those of us who have data which cannot be stored using the 1 or 2GB free space offered, we have a list of four of the best free online storage services that offer free space of more than 10GB.

Windows Live SkyDrive

Despite having a name that is quite a mouthful, Windows Live Skydrive is one of the most popular and extremely useful cloud based service from Microsoft. Windows Live Skydrive offers a hefty 25 GB free storage space to all users.

There is absolutely no need to install and configure a desktop client. All you have to do is log into the Windows Live Skydrive account wit your Live ID and you can just drag & drop files into the folders. In addition to having password protected private folders, you can create new folders, make it public and share the files with friends, family or coworkers.

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Each folder has a unique weblink which you can mail to anyone you want and the files can accessed from any web connected device like a PC or a smartphone. You can read our review of Windows Live Skydrive here Windows Live Skydrive & 3 Alternative Online Storage Services Windows Live Skydrive & 3 Alternative Online Storage Services Read More .

IDrive

IDrive is a top notch remote online backup solution. Like all its competitors, IDrive offers 2GB free storage for users to evaluate the service. With desktop clients for Mac & PC, true archiving, continuous data protection, time line restore, versioning and many more world class features IDrive is a rock solid online backup platform. Wondering how IDrive is relevant in this list? Patience, dear readers is a virtue! Now immediately after signing up, we will be redirected to a sign up onfirmation and referral page.

You can refer IDrive to your friends by submitting the email login credentials of AOL, Gmail, MSN or Yahoo. If there are more than 5 valid email addresses in your address book, IDrive bumps up your account with a free 10 GB storage space. This referral space does not expire and is on top of the 2 GB free space of the basic plan. Contacts you refer get two emails from IDrive promoting their product and if you want to bypass this, sign up with an email id you sparsely use thereby not annoying your friends & family.

humyo

With its free account, humyo provides one of the best free 10GB online storage solutions. The free storage space is split into two parts – 5GB for media files (Photos, Videos, Music) and the rest of the 5 GB for non-media files. Since this being a free account, we will not have access to the desktop client. But fret not, humyo has a brilliant web-based file explorer that allows you to upload, share and download files in a jiffy.

Binfire

Binfire offers a free 10 GB online storage space for all your files, which can accessed from a intuitive web interface. Just like Windows Live Skydrive, Binfire also lets you create and share multiple folders with your friends and family. You can also send emails right from within the Binfire account.

Each one of these services have their own strong suites. Personally, I use IDrive for backing up data and found it to be seamless & blazing fast. With the launch of Office Web in a few days, Windows SkyDrive is going to be a Google Docs killer. And, if you are a media junkie, humyo is the right fit as you can stream media and view images directly from your account.

If you need more storage than 25 GB, check out how to score 50 GB free storage space online from Wuala here What Do You Get If You Combine Dropbox and Mozy? Wuala! What Do You Get If You Combine Dropbox and Mozy? Wuala! Read More . Do you know about any other examples of the best free online storage solutions that offer 10 GB or more free space?

  1. Lynx
    April 8, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Jottacloud is secure and they offer up to 100 GB free space for referring new clients (both, referrer and referral gets additional 5 GB of free space).

    You can register throug this link to get 10 GB of free space (basal 5GB + 5GB from referral link)
    http://www.jottacloud.com/signup?referer=6518B9B702CF1BDCD494CDF7F604EE82

  2. Arjun
    February 19, 2015 at 9:32 am

    I Use Ziddu to Store my files

  3. bob
    December 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    copy.com ,,, its nice

  4. Vinci
    September 2, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    http://www.safecopybackup.com
    a free unlimited 3GB trial version and once one joins the face book fan page then the 3GB is upgraged to 5GB unlimited trial version.

  5. Vinci
    September 2, 2010 at 11:47 am

    http://www.safecopybackup.com
    a free unlimited 3GB trial version and once one joins the face book fan page then the 3GB is upgraged to 5GB unlimited trial version.

  6. Gantt
    August 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    The Best is Syncplicity

  7. Hlander
    August 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    GET AN EXTERNAL DRIVE YOU PEOPLE ! FASTER ACCESS AND THEY ARE SO SMALL AND FAST NOWADAYS CANT BEAT PRIVACY

  8. gorskiegangsta
    August 12, 2010 at 3:20 am

    I mainly use http://www.4shared.com/
    It's very good. You get free 10gb storage (15gb if you verify your email address) and file size limit is 200mb. You can make your uploaded files public or private (all uploaded files are private by default.) You can search for other users' files which are made public and you can preview music/video/picture files. You can even add others' public files to your account.
    It's a cool service, check it out.

  9. Anonymous
    August 12, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I mainly use http://www.4shared.com/
    It's very good. You get free 10gb storage (15gb if you verify your email address) and file size limit is 200mb. You can make your uploaded files public or private (all uploaded files are private by default.) You can search for other users' files which are made public and you can preview music/video/picture files. You can even add others' public files to your account.
    It's a cool service, check it out.

  10. Jono
    August 9, 2010 at 8:10 pm
  11. DreamTick Interactiv
    August 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I tried an online storage plan from fdCanada ( http://fdcanada.ca/en/online-s... ). Its working very well, I can share videos and works with customers. Its very simple to use and transfer rate is good.

  12. DreamTick Interactiv
    August 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I tried an online storage plan from fdCanada ( http://fdcanada.ca/en/online-storage/ ). Its working very well, I can share videos and works with customers. Its very simple to use and transfer rate is good.

  13. Jacky
    August 6, 2010 at 7:24 am

    The cloud has become a lot more powerful. It is far more than just storage or backup. Not only you can backup files to the cloud, you can also move your entire file server, FTP server, email server, web server and backup system to the cloud. You can create sub-users and sub-groups; you can set different user roles; share different folders to different users with different permissions. For a small business, Cloud-based storage, backup, sharing and Cloud IT Solution can save you a lot of cost, while offering better, more secure and reliable services that can be accessed from anywhere. DriveHQ.com is one of the first few companies offering such cloud based services. For more info, please visit:
    http://www.drivehq.com/

  14. Jacky
    August 6, 2010 at 5:24 am

    The cloud has become a lot more powerful. It is far more than just storage or backup. Not only you can backup files to the cloud, you can also move your entire file server, FTP server, email server, web server and backup system to the cloud. You can create sub-users and sub-groups; you can set different user roles; share different folders to different users with different permissions. For a small business, Cloud-based storage, backup, sharing and Cloud IT Solution can save you a lot of cost, while offering better, more secure and reliable services that can be accessed from anywhere. DriveHQ.com is one of the first few companies offering such cloud based services. For more info, please visit:
    http://www.drivehq.com/

  15. Daniel G Dawson
    July 23, 2010 at 4:22 am

    I have a single zip file to upload that is 6.5 GB in size. Which one of these sites can upload a single file of this size. I have tried several with supposedly 10 GB and they don't work or they stop at on 1 GB. Thanks in advance for the help/suggestions.

  16. Winnie
    July 21, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Safecopybackup.200GB for 50bucks a year and 5GB unlimited free trial version.

  17. Meckydavid
    July 5, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Well 10GB for free that is awesome but i have never come across any site most links offer either 2GB or 5GB free.Well i love safecopy online backup because they are cheap because for 200GB of space one pays only 50bucks and with a free unlimited 5GB trial version.

  18. WILLEMIJNS
    July 4, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    the list of competitors is on http://www.willemijns.com/back...

  19. Nalk7
    July 4, 2010 at 1:16 am

    While it is not 10Gb but merely 2Gb dropbox is okay. It comes with synced folders. You just install and drop your file in these folders and they are immediately upon log in uploaded.

    They have public folders and shared folders as well as private ones and a refferal program that will get you a little more space.

    https://www.dropbox.com/

    And you can access your files from any computer. You dont have to do the install to log in.

  20. Nalk7
    July 3, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    While it is not 10Gb but merely 2Gb dropbox is okay. It comes with synced folders. You just install and drop your file in these folders and they are immediately upon log in uploaded.

    They have public folders and shared folders as well as private ones and a refferal program that will get you a little more space.

    https://www.dropbox.com/

    And you can access your files from any computer. You dont have to do the install to log in.

  21. Pokemon17007
    July 3, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Mediafire.com. very nice with unlimited store. and high speed download. best to use medaifire for file sharing.
    homyo sounds great with media streaming. I will check it out.

  22. Pokemon17007
    July 3, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Mediafire.com. very nice with unlimited store. and high speed download. best to use medaifire for file sharing.
    homyo sounds great with media streaming. I will check it out.

  23. me
    July 2, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I use dropbox.com

  24. me
    July 2, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I use dropbox.com

  25. Greg
    July 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    This happened to me.

    Mediafire has one problem that you may not be aware of. If you do not access it for 3??? months, they delete all your stuff. Your account is still active, but everything is gone.

  26. Greg
    July 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    This happened to me.

    Mediafire has one problem that you may not be aware of. If you do not access it for 3??? months, they delete all your stuff. Your account is still active, but everything is gone.

  27. Diii
    July 1, 2010 at 8:12 am

    I loved this article it was so helpful to me.Well to me i use an online backup called http://www.safecopybackup.com
    It is so cheap and affordable.

  28. Andy
    June 30, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Skydrive is using webdav, a protocol supported by Windows Explorer directly and by Total Commander via plugin. So you can actually access from Explorer using the steps in this article: http://www.mikeplate.com/how-t...
    I have found however that Windows is very slow, so I use the webdav address and and TC. Not as fast as Dropbox, but excellent space quota

  29. krisu
    June 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Yeah, I don't kinda trust so much in these services as before, because back in the day when MediaMax was still alive (and somewhat knew) they give 25gb free space and even direct linking was possible. Then they did a dick move and decide that they to make "new service" and old MediaMax users must come as premium members to use service again. And what was bullshit is that you can't even download your files back anymore for free, you must have to be premium member. And didn't even warn about anything of this before.

    And few weeks later, "new service" of MediaMax was shut down. Totally right to them I say. I was little stupid back then to trust so much to that service, fortunately those files wasn't so important to me anyways.

    And yeah, Dropbox rocks. Only filehosting service that I use mostly.

  30. Greg
    June 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Can't believe you didn't mention dropbox. They rock! https://www.dropbox.com/

  31. Jim
    June 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I work for a medical office software company and have been recommending datadepositbox.com because our clients need secure encrypted online backups and and additional requirement that the services need to be in canada for the data to remain in the same country. sure it costs $2 (can) per gb but a secure always up to date backup is priceless

  32. Jasjeev Singh Anand
    June 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Skydrive rocks and idrive sucks!

  33. Mohan Ramkumar
    June 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Dropbox is good, but there is no way to get free 10GB space over there.

  34. Rahul
    June 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Dropbox anyone?

  35. Greg
    June 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Can't believe you didn't mention dropbox. They rock! https://www.dropbox.com/

  36. Sundayperfect
    June 29, 2010 at 9:37 am

    GOOD ARTICLE!!! & my special THANX to @pceasies & @Alex!
    Few options I tried SDExplorer (http://www.cloudstorageexplore...) for skydrive but for me Skydrive is not working well atleast for me!
    So I tried GMail Drive (http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmai... with this caution -Be aware that support for this tool may suspend at any time if Google decides to block its use! (But Still your gmail contains all that info & data so you have access to it)

    Can anyone tell me mediafire.com & metahyper.com Which one provide the fastest download & Upload? Is there anyway to get them on ur PC screen as GMail drive or SDExplorer?

  37. David Robins
    June 29, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I want to thank the author for including binfire.com in this article. In August we will relaunch binfire.com. We have partnered with Rackspace.com for web hosting and file storage. The new site in addition to file hosting will have innovative collaboration and project management tools.
    David Robins

  38. Sundayperfect
    June 29, 2010 at 8:53 am

    GOOD ARTICLE!!! & my special THANX to @pceasies & @Alex!
    Few options I tried SDExplorer (http://www.cloudstorageexplore...) for skydrive but for me Skydrive is not working well atleast for me!
    So I tried GMail Drive (http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmai... with this caution -Be aware that support for this tool may suspend at any time if Google decides to block its use! (But Still your gmail contains all that info & data so you have access to it)

    Can anyone tell me mediafire.com & metahyper.com Which one provide the fastest download & Upload? Is there anyway to get them on ur PC screen as GMail drive or SDExplorer?

  39. HypnotiqBIG
    June 29, 2010 at 9:54 am

    https://www.adrive.com

    A Drive: 50 gb online storage

  40. Anonymous
    June 29, 2010 at 7:54 am

    https://www.adrive.com

    A Drive: 50 gb online storage

  41. Sundayperfect
    June 29, 2010 at 6:53 am

    GOOD ARTICLE!!! & my special THANX to @pceasies & @Alex!
    Few options I tried SDExplorer (http://www.cloudstorageexplorer.com) for skydrive but for me Skydrive is not working well atleast for me!
    So I tried GMail Drive (http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htm) with this caution -Be aware that support for this tool may suspend at any time if Google decides to block its use! (But Still your gmail contains all that info & data so you have access to it)

    Can anyone tell me mediafire.com & metahyper.com Which one provide the fastest download & Upload? Is there anyway to get them on ur PC screen as GMail drive or SDExplorer?

  42. Steve
    June 29, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Dropbox is a god send if you have multiple computers...I use it to store valuable work files that I need to access while I'm at home or on the road. Absolutely brilliant And FREE! check it out:
    http://tinyurl.com/29drzsb

  43. Cobalt
    June 29, 2010 at 3:03 am

    None of us have thus-far complimented the author for this good article. Thanks! I choose not to whine today.

  44. Cobalt
    June 29, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Excellent thoughts. Like them or not, Microsoft will be around for a long time. As for the others, it's any one's guess.

  45. iSearch
    June 29, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Dropbox? Best backup site evar! I've ot 8GB space! Synced with my iphone, pc and my linux machine!

    http://bit.ly/cFhwBF

  46. pthesis
    June 28, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Has anyone considered which of these companies, besides Microsoft, will still be around a year from now? What's going to happen to my 10 GB or more of data when they close shop?

    • Beatrix
      June 29, 2010 at 12:19 am

      This is a point that always worries me, so I always have tons of DVDs, CDs with my files.

    • Scott S
      June 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm

      humyo has just been taken over by trend micro, so I don't think they'll be going anywhere anytime soon

      • Defcon77
        September 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm

        Exactly. No going anywhere. And some day you end up having to buy a Trend Micro all-in-one product. Onlien Storage, Firewall, Antivirus :)

    • Mohan Ramkumar
      June 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm

      IDrive is among the Top 10 online backup & storage solutions. As for humyo, they have been acquired by Trend Micro and I would expect the service to become more reliable with their backing.

  47. Cobalt
    June 28, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    As for SkyDrive, you risk Microsoft peering into your personal stiff (no option for encoding) and you can't organize because you can't create folders nor can you upload folders. Microsoft is famous for offering so much, with a high level of limitations.

    • Andy
      June 30, 2010 at 12:41 am

      Skydrive is using webdav, a protocol supported by Windows Explorer directly and by Total Commander via plugin. So you can actually access from Explorer using the steps in this article: http://www.mikeplate.com/how-to-connect-to-skydrive-with-webdav/.
      I have found however that Windows is very slow, so I use the webdav address and and TC. Not as fast as Dropbox, but excellent space quota

  48. iSearch
    June 28, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Dropbox? Best backup site evar! I've ot 8GB space! Synced with my iphone, pc and my linux machine!

    http://bit.ly/cFhwBF

  49. Alex
    June 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I use 50 Gig of free storage at http://www.metahyper.com. File upload size limit is 1 gig for registered user. Nice service.

  50. Beatrix
    June 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I use ADrive. Free 50G are good enough but upload files sucks.

    • pceasies
      June 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm

      I always though their download speeds were really slow. Terrible to retrieve files, good otherwise.

  51. Alex
    June 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I use 50 Gig of free storage at http://www.metahyper.com. File upload size limit is 1 gig for registered user. Nice service.

  52. pceasies
    June 28, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I've had good luck with Mediafire. You can upload files up to 100mb with the free account and they give you "unlimited" storage. No waiting when downloading and great speeds.

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