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Individuals and businesses are increasingly using the cloud What Is The Cloud? What Is The Cloud? The Cloud. It's a term that gets thrown around a lot these days. What is the cloud, exactly? Read More to back up data, to store files, and to share them with other individuals or businesses. With increased usage has come increased competition, and there are now a sizable number of cloud storage services available to use.

You will be well aware of some of these options, while others will likely be new to you. But now, thanks to the ever-helpful MakeUseOf readership, we can share a list of all the cloud storage services you’re either already using or should consider using in the future.

Colossal Cloud Collection

We asked you, What Cloud Storage Service Do You Use? And Why? This question prompted a good number of comments, all of which proved useful in some way. From people telling us why they use the solitary cloud storage service they have chosen over the competition, to people listing a number of different solutions and explaining what purpose each of them serves. We thank each and every one of you who took part in the discussion.

And here, without further ado, is the list of cloud storage services Top 10 Creative Uses For Dropbox Or Other Cloud Storage Top 10 Creative Uses For Dropbox Or Other Cloud Storage The agility, flexibility, and low-cost scale ups turn cloud storage options into more than an online vault to back up your documents and files. But cloud storage is more than these important but mundane uses.... Read More recommended by our readers…

  • OneDrive
  • BitTorrent Sync
  • Dropbox
  • Bitcasa Infinite Drive
  • Box
  • Carbonite
  • Google Drive
  • CrashPlan
  • OwnCloud
  • SpiderOak
  • iCloud
  • Mega
  • Wuala
  • SparkleShare
  • Copy
  • SugarSync
  • Pogoplug
  • Flickr
  • Amazon Cloud Drive

We cannot actually vouch for every one of these cloud storage services individually. That would require testing each in turn, which is another job for another day. However, all of the services listed above were mentioned positively by at least one commenter. As always, do your research before signing up to using a service, especially if there is a fee involved.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Peter F, Paul Parkinson, and likefunbutnot. Comment Of The Week goes to Jeffrey L, who wins a T-shirt chosen from those available through the catalog for this comment What Cloud Storage Service Do You Use? And Why? [We Ask You] What Cloud Storage Service Do You Use? And Why? [We Ask You] We suspect now may be a good time to talk about the cloud and how we're all increasingly trusting our data to online storage services... Read More :

Google Drive (100GB + 100GB for 2 years from Chromebook) – This has become my default cloud service as I am already deeply integrated into Google products, even more so after buying a Chromebook. Used to store project files for freelance work, various Google Docs and a shared folder with my girlfriend which makes it easy to send files.

Google Play Music – There’s no other way to store your music. Don’t have the unlimited plan, but I don’t need it. It syncs all of my music I’ve ever had to Play Music and I can access it anywhere.

Dropbox (8GB?) – I don’t like how little free storage you get and I’m not going to pay for a second cloud service. Currently I use it only for work as I share a work folder with my boss which is over 40GB so essentially useless to me now. Will stop using after I get a new job.

Box (50GB) – Was so happy to get an invite to 50 GB for free from my friend. Hate the new update though which makes everything overly simple, almost stupid simple like Apple. Currently use it for Titanium Backup files from my Android and little else.

Mega (50GB) – Use this to store various video files I have collected over the years just so I can remove them from my hard drive. Wish they had a streaming feature though.

OneDrive (15GB) – Would be much more useful if I were still in school. Stores all of my Office Docs and Spreadsheets, including archives of my school notes, papers, lab reports, etc. Also use to store copies of my resume and I use OneNote for note-taking when I take online classes on Coursera.

Flickr (1TB) – Uploaded all of my pictures and home videos and have it set up so that every photo I take on my phone or from social media, pretty much any kind of media I post or get tagged in will automatically sync to Flickr using IFTTT. A bit annoying to organize but at least I don’t have to worry about storage space.

We chose this comment because it’s the perfect answer to the question, with a number of cloud storage services listed alongside the reasons this particular commenter uses each of them.

With the reference to using Google Drive with a Chromebook Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook Chromebooks run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. Can you switch to a Chromebook? Read More , it also offers a hint at how our choice of service will sometimes be driven by our choice of hardware. A situation I like to call “ecosystem asshattery.

We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

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  1. Geoff
    October 10, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Given the amount of hacking that "cloud services" are open to (a la Apple and nude photos), why would you keep personal/sensitive information on one? Can you get a "guarantee" that the site will always be available when you need to access it? Would you always be able to access it from your own computer (internet "down" or whatever)? Surely it is better to keep your data easily accessible and NOT rely on a third party?

  2. PoroPena
    September 30, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Save securely with stubborn Finns.

    With younited, there are no backdoors. Sharing and security go hand in hand. That's total peace of mind.

    https://www.younited.com/en/home

  3. WinDork
    September 28, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    OneDrive is the way to go.

    15GB off the bat, a storage increase for auto-upload of smartphone pics and vids, 10GB-sized file upload support and a spike to 1TB of storage with a subscription to Office 365, which offers a discount rate for veterans. So in summary, I get Office 365 and 1TB of cloud storage for $62 a year, and I can upload files as large as 10GB. I don't even use my Google Cloud anymore.

  4. Paulo T
    September 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I have meocloud.pt . 16GB of space.

  5. Stephen H.
    September 23, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I don't know if anyone else is familiar with this great cloud storage service I ran across & found, Shared.com, but it comes with 100GB of Free Cloud Storage & remains free as long as you use it & log in at least every once in a while. Of course I use One Drive with it's added storage capacity which now is at 30GB Free Storage & that's without having any extra for referrals. So with Shared & One Drive both giving me a total of 130GB Free Storage Space, it easily supports all I need from cloud storage services. I also have 50GB of Free Space from MEGA that I use as a backup for all the current files on my hard drive so I guess I actually have 180GB of Free Storage Space with just 3 Cloud Services. Thanks for a great list though, it was chocked full of names I'd never even heard of before.

  6. Noffica Rostt
    September 15, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I would recommend Copy.com highly...

    • 15 GB of free space
    • Streaming capabilities within the web browser itself, so shared or uploaded videos may be watched within the browser itself without the need to download.
    • Selective file and folder syncing
    • Central online storage so files can be accessed by visiting the website.
    • 5 GB of additional space per new person referred.

  7. Zak Kaufman
    September 13, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    If you're interested in cloud storage, you guys should check out Drive!

    jolicloud.com/

    Connect all of your cloud services, all of the accounts within those services, and manage all of your files within those accounts with a universal cloud file manager!

  8. Kenneth M
    September 12, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    One Drive has been good enough for me. I may look into some of the other sites to get all the facts on what they are offering.

  9. Alvaro
    September 11, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Streamnation also for streaming torrents and backing up photos

  10. Jeffrey L
    September 11, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Awesome. How do I redeem my prize?

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 10:06 am

      You should have been (or will be) contacted by Jackson with details of how to claim your T-shirt. :)

  11. Frederick
    September 11, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Dropbox actually will give you more space for free, if you do certain things that they ask. When I bought my Note 3 last year, they upgraded my account to 50gbs when I did certain things, like invite a friend to Dropbox, sign up to use it on a computer, share a folder, etc. Been using it since October of last year, and I love it's integration with multiple apps.

  12. Sketaful
    September 10, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I disagree with you there likefunbutnot. I've used most of the cloud apps and I still come back to Dropbox. Well, you're probably right about not being worth the price, but as I said, I got 50gig included with the phone so it didn't cost me a dime (well except for the phone which was quite expensive :p).

    The thing with Dropbox is that almost every app I use have support for it which isn't true for the other cloud services and I just love being able to do most things without leaving the app I'm using at the moment.

    If you didn't have extra space for free thought then I understand why you wouldn't use it. I would never pay what they demand for that amount of space it gives. Expensive as hell. :P

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 10:38 am

      It sounds like Dropbox is the perfect option for you. But as you admit at the end of the comment, you wouldn't use it if you were charged the exorbitant amount of money others are charged. So there is a caveat there.

  13. A41202813GMAIL
    September 10, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I Lost Count Of All The Dozens And Dozens Of Services I Uploaded To.

    If Most Of Those 19 Services Have Free Options, I Probably Am Using Them All.

    Cheers.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Do you not worry about losing track of where your personal files are?

    • A41202813GMAIL
      September 11, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      I Have An Outdated List Somewhere In The GOOGLE Services.

      I Just Need To Retrieve One Backup - They Are All Equal - A Small Backup Of All My COBOL Scripts Since 20+ Years Ago.

      Cheers.

  14. Kutaro G
    September 10, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Recently disvocered Tencent's 10TB Weiyun
    weiyun.com/act/10t-en.html?WYTAG=weiyun.portal.index
    Their app is still in Chinese, but an English version is scheduled

  15. Sketaful
    September 10, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Must say I love Dropbox most because on how well it works. Try, it offers little to none space but since I own an Samsung phone I got 50gig extra for free for 2 years which make it perfect.

    • likefunbutnot
      September 10, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Dropbox isn't price out feature competitive with other first tier services unless you're saddled with iOS devices and use a bunch of shitty apps that can't talk to each other except through Dropbox. That really is the only thing it brings to the table.

  16. Paul in NJ
    September 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    No love for iDrive, eh? Not even one vote?

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Not in the original comments, no, but by name-checking it here you have added it to the list!

  17. Peter Nielsen
    September 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    keepit.com could have been on the list too, I reckon.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Good call! By commenting, you have now added it to the list.

  18. Lucas
    September 10, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Bitcasa was great, unfortunately the new price politics and the linux client available only for who adopted the new price plan completely killed the service.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Money got in the way, eh? That's standard these days, unfortunately.

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