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extra space storageSigning up for a free Dropbox account gives you 2 GB worth of storage, SugarSync gives you 5 GB and ZumoDrive gives you 1 GB. Depending on how you use each service, you could find yourself running out of space fast. If you don’t want to upgrade to a paid account, there are a few ways to earn some much needed extra space and file storage.

Dropbox are certainly the stars at giving their users ways to earn extra storage space on what is one of the best cloud storage/sync services available online today. While most services will offer a referral system that depend on other users signing up for the service, Dropbox goes one step further and gives each user a few extra tasks that could earn them up almost 9 extra gigabytes. While ZumoDrive and SugarSync offer only a referral program, you can still earn some serious storage space.

Dropbox

If you complete all methods outlined below, Dropbox users can earn an extra 8.75 GB, which can be almost doubled to 16.75 GB if you’re a student with an .edu email address. If you signed up for Dropbox with a regular email address, just connect your university address to your account and any previous referrals will be doubled retroactively.

Getting Started

The first method to earn 250 MB worth of extra space on Dropbox is to complete the Get Started list of tasks. The tasks are simple and are things that you will, for the most part, do anyway when using Dropbox.

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Referrals

Another easy way to earn extra space on Dropbox is to send out referrals. You and your friend will each earn an extra 250 MB. If you use an .edu email address for your Dropbox account, your share automatically doubles to 500 MB. You can refer up to a maximum of 32 people, earning 8 GB using this method, and students can earn up to 16 GB.

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Send out emails to your friends encouraging them to sign up for Dropbox if they don’t already, and share your referral link on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter, and you’ll probably hit the limit in no time.

Connect with Social Media

Connecting your Dropbox account with your Social Media profiles, specifically on Facebook and Twitter can earn you an extra 512 MB. Each step will earn you an additional 128 MB, from connecting to Twitter and Facebook, to tweeting about your undying love for Dropbox, to following the Dropbox Twitter account.

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SugarSync

SugarSync certainly doesn’t offer as many ways as Dropbox to increase your storage space, but a free account automatically gets you 5 GB as opposed to Dropbox’s 2 GB. If 5 GB still isn’t enough for you, you can also opt for SugarSync’s referral program to earn more space.

If your friend opens a free account, you’ll each earn an extra 500 MB. If your friend opens a 30 GB or larger account, you’ll each earn a whopping 10 GB. SugarSync is however limiting this offer until March 31, 2011, so if you want to earn some extra space, now is the time to do it, after which the amounts will decrease to 250 MB, and 5 GB respectively. For the period of the offer, there’s no limit to the amount of extra space you could earn with SugarSync.

Send your friends your referral link to make sure you get the extra space. Additionally, if a friend signs up through a shared folder, you’ll earn the extra space or storage then as well.

To access the page with your referral link, click the SugarSync icon in your system tray, and click on Refer a Friend.

ZumoDrive

ZumoDrive only gives you 1 GB storage space with a free account, but with their referral program, you can earn another 256 MB for every friend you refer, getting up to 5 GB additional space.

Do you have any tips on how to earn extra space on your favourite storage service? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. N45HcH
    April 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Hey you.
    Yes, I mean YOU!
    Just decided to start to use Dropbox?
    Wise decision!
    Here, take this referral link and start boxing:
    http://db.tt/TT7J2J6
    You will have so more much time to spend for the things you love.. I hope ;)

  2. Tom
    March 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    SugarSync registration with 10Gb or 500Mb bonus:
    https://www.sugarsync.com/refe...

  3. h3o
    February 26, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    http://db.tt/vykN9vD Dropbox referal - I am seriously impressed with Dropbox - so easy to use!

  4. h3o
    February 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    http://db.tt/vykN9vD Dropbox referal - I am seriously impressed with Dropbox - so easy to use!

  5. Tom
    February 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    SugarSync registration with 5Gb + 500Mb bonus:

    https://www.sugarsync.com/refe...

  6. MIkey
    January 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Sugarsync FYI:

    You get 5GB of space with the FREE version, but now there is no restriction to the number of computers you can sync/backup (from 2).

    It gives you the ability to upload and sync any folder on your computer.

    It is the only service that offers such a broad device and OS support with apps for iPhone/iPad, Android, Blackberry, Symbian and WinMo.

    On the Free version the upload/download is faster than when reviewed :)

    Also if you use the below referral code you get 500MB extra on top of the Free 5GB or 10GB extra on any of the paid-for services!

    https://www.sugarsync.com/refe...

    Hope it helps someone.

  7. Anonymous
    January 25, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    What about unlimited from Trend Micro's SafeSync?

  8. Umberto Gatti
    January 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I started using SugarSync a couple of years ago and I still find it very useful in many ways.
    If anyone wants to register for an account, feel free to use my referral link that will add 500Mb bonus to both mine and your account :)
    https://www.sugarsync.com/refe...
    Thanks!

  9. nm
    January 25, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Hi Gary - you don't have to change your email address at all. Just go here: https://www.dropbox.com/edu and fill in your .edu email address and verify it and you're good to go.

  10. nm
    January 25, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Thanks for the walkthrough Jack! Going to give it a try now.

    For the .edu email account, you don't have to actually change your address - just go here https://www.dropbox.com/edu and you can connect/verify the .edu account.

  11. Gary Petersen
    January 25, 2011 at 4:34 am

    What does it mean to link your .edu email address to your DropBox account? Does that mean to change the account email address?

    • nm
      January 25, 2011 at 7:38 am

      Hi Gary - you don't have to change your email address at all. Just go here: https://www.dropbox.com/edu and fill in your .edu email address and verify it and you're good to go.

  12. Beatrix
    January 25, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I can't connect with Twitter or Facebook...

    • Aibek
      January 25, 2011 at 6:02 am

      what error messages do you get?

  13. Jack Cola
    January 25, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Nancy, I am with Libeco, you forgot DropBox Quest 2011 where you can earn yourself an extra 1gb in like 5 minutes. I have created a walk-through to help everyone out (if you don't want to waste the time solving it yourself) http://www.jackcola.org/blog/121-get-1gb-free-dropbox-space-with-dropbox-quest-2011-walkthrough

    I have 4.5gb of space on DropBox, and now that I know if you ad an .edu email address, it doubles. Nice, and thanks for the tip!

    Also, how do you add a .edu email account? Do you have to actually change your email address on https://www.dropbox.com/account#settings? So you can't just add a secondly email address???

    • nm
      January 25, 2011 at 7:38 am

      Thanks for the walkthrough Jack! Going to give it a try now.

      For the .edu email account, you don't have to actually change your address - just go here https://www.dropbox.com/edu and you can connect/verify the .edu account.

  14. Meta Oracle0
    January 24, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    FYI everyone, here is the link you need to find the free Dropbox social media connect offers: https://www.dropbox.com/free

  15. Jack Cola
    January 25, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Nancy, I am with Libeco, you forgot DropBox Quest 2011 where you can earn yourself an extra 1gb in like 5 minutes. I have created a walk-through to help everyone out (if you don't want to waste the time solving it yourself) http://www.jackcola.org/blog/1...

    I have 4.5gb of space on DropBox, and now that I know if you ad an .edu email address, it doubles. Nice, and thanks for the tip!

    Also, how do you add a .edu email account? Do you have to actually change your email address on https://www.dropbox.com/accoun... So you can't just add a secondly email address???

  16. Meta Oracle0
    January 25, 2011 at 12:59 am

    FYI everyone, here is the link you need to find the free Dropbox social media connect offers: https://www.dropbox.com/free

  17. Libeco
    January 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Don't forget about DropQuest 2011 to add even more Dropbox space: https://www.dropbox.com/dropqu...

  18. Libeco
    January 24, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Don't forget about DropQuest 2011 to add even more Dropbox space: https://www.dropbox.com/dropquest2011

    • nm
      January 25, 2011 at 7:40 am

      Thanks for the tip.

  19. SpiderOak Inc
    January 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Since we felt a little left out I would like to add that SpiderOak Online Backup and Sync (https://spideroak.com) also offer lifetime 2GB free to all users and up to 7GB (+1GB per referral) through our refer-a-friend program @ https://spideroak.com/referral...

    So if you have 5 friends that run either Mac, Linux or Windows you can max out your SpiderOak account at 7GB faster than most our competitors.

    Thank you,
    Daniel @ spideroak.com

  20. SpiderOak Inc
    January 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Since we felt a little left out I would like to add that SpiderOak Online Backup and Sync (https://spideroak.com) also offer lifetime 2GB free to all users and up to 7GB (+1GB per referral) through our refer-a-friend program @ https://spideroak.com/referral/

    So if you have 5 friends that run either Mac, Linux or Windows you can max out your SpiderOak account at 7GB faster than most our competitors.

    Thank you,
    Daniel @ spideroak.com

    • Aibek
      January 25, 2011 at 6:01 am

      thanks for letting us know

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