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Having couple of GB’s of storage space online never hurts. You may use it for keeping your backup secure from hard drive crashes, or as platform letting you access/edit certain files from anywhere and for much more(see table). As a result of massive competition among storage offering websites, online storage became cheaper, more convenient and even safer alternative to other means of storing your data (USB sticks, CDs, DVDs, etc). There are many good services with lots of compelling features, so I decided to list only those that focus on file storage and also have free account option.

Storage Websites Free Account Drag’n Drop File size or Bandwidth limit Save direct to server Sharing option Read from server Auto Synchr.
AllMyData(win XP/2000) 1GB free(when you share with 10 Gb your space) Yes unlimited No Yes No Yes
Box.net upto 1 GB Yes 1Gb per file / upto 50GB per month Yes Yes Yes No
eSnips (discontinued) upto 1 GB No unlimited Yes Yes Yes No
Freepository upto 300 MB No unlimited No Yes No No
Streamload upto 25 GB No 25 per file / upto 500GB per month Yes Yes No No
Xdrive (acquired by AOL) upto 5 GB Yes unlimited Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mofile (discontinued) upto 1 GB No unlimited No Yes Yes ?
Mozy
upto 2 GB No unlimited Yes No No Yes
Omnidrive upto 1 GB Yes unlimited Yes Yes Yes Yes
Openomy (discontinued) upto 1 GB No unlimited Yes Yes No Yes
Dropboks (discontinued) upto 1 GB No 50 MB per file / no info on bandwidth No No No No

In case you have something to add here, feel free to add it in comments or contact me directly so I can add it to the table.
Cheers…and my regards to TechCrunch that was source of inspiration for this article.

  1. Justin_Webb
    October 30, 2009 at 4:34 am

    Go through top10onlinebackup.com for the list of online backup service provides. You will get top 10 online service provider on web. My personal preference holds to
    BackupandShare.com, since it’s so simple to use and allows me to easily take my incremental backups which I can schedule weekly or daily. They also provide windows mobile backup solution free with them. I am very impressed with them.

  2. AJNatalo
    August 10, 2009 at 9:31 am

    You should seriously check out mydatanest.com. It is actually a very good website.

  3. Robert Ellison
    July 13, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Hi,

    If you're still updating this list I'd like to suggest adding Cucku Backup. Cucku is a social (peer-to-peer) backup product for Windows. You send your backups to a friend, family member or second PC over the Skype network. Our free product provides unlimited backup to one partner system - as much data as you like for as long as you like. We also have a Pro version which support multiple partners.

    We don't support drag and drop. We do support both local and remote backup, locked files, encryption/compression, recovering deleted files and unlimited file versioning.

    Regards,

    Rob Ellison
    CEO, Cucku Inc.

  4. DataNest
    May 28, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    mydatanest.com

  5. DataNest
    May 28, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    mydatanest.com

  6. RiRi
    May 9, 2008 at 10:53 am

    I dunno why nobody mentionned these:

    - http://www.adrive.com >> 50 GB

    - http://www.humyo.com >> 25GB

    -www.monogofiles.com

  7. xigrs
    March 13, 2008 at 7:05 am

    indow-2-a4.0catch.com Windows undelete restore.

  8. weaym
    March 13, 2008 at 6:36 am

    window-2-a3.0catch.com Windows easy transfer

  9. Aibek
    September 16, 2007 at 3:10 am

    @Matt
    Sure, there are quite many 100% web-based file storage sites. Check out 'storage tag' in our directory.

  10. Matt
    September 16, 2007 at 2:46 am

    Are there any sites that don't require software to download? Matt

  11. KKS
    September 14, 2007 at 7:00 am

    Please send me links like 4shared.com which is free nd fast

  12. Aibek
    June 7, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    @Stefan

    checked it out, works wonderful and provides promised features. I'll mention it in the upcoming 'extra' post

  13. stefan
    June 7, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    mydrive.ch (a swiss web service, but it's also available in english). there are not so much functions, but if you simlpy want to have your files online, so you can access them from work and from home and anywhere... then its really nice. 1000MB with no restrictions like uploadlimits or file sizes. and it's free of advertisement, which i like very much.

    greetings from switzerland
    stefan

  14. q
    April 11, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Box.net limited to 10mb per backup file if right.

  15. q
    April 11, 2007 at 11:56 am

    maybe that also:
    jubii.com

  16. Bobby
    February 2, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    If you want to backup all the critical data of your business, go right ahead with idrive.com free online backup.
    IDrive-E performs 'totally hands-free automated backups' of files and folders. The backed up data will always be available as 'IDrive-E' online drive on your computer so that it can be easily restored. You can backup any type of files with IDrive-E absolutely no limit on the upload or download size for backup and restore. More features on idrive.com/remote-backup-features.htm

  17. Aibek
    January 12, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    thanks Sami, checked it out and looks really good, will be adding it to the table on the next update

  18. Sami
    January 11, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    Actually, best one for me is MyDataBus : mydatabus.com

    - 5GB Free Space
    - 500Mb file size limit
    - WebGrab featurem skip the download (if a file is available on a server, just put its address and you'll see it on your acc)
    - DIRECT hotlinking to files (!)
    - Unlimited Bandwidth
    - Groups manager (site is mainly designed for students)

  19. Aibek
    January 5, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    smellygirl thanks for the tip, I can't recall seeing it before , looks good though. I guess I will add it to the table during the next update

  20. smellygirl
    January 5, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    Why did nobody mention DriveHQ?

    As far as I can tell, this is a great service and does also have a free offering. You can use it for file sharing and automated backups.

  21. Winston
    January 2, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    Mightykey http://www.mightykey.com - Used free trial for 14 days - 0.5 Gb Free - then bought product - get proxy browsing and encrypted data for $5 / month incuding 5Gb storage - fast browsing

  22. Aibek
    December 29, 2006 at 5:29 pm

    thanx John, both options seem to be good, though none of them is free

  23. John
    December 29, 2006 at 12:06 pm

    It’s safe to backup all your critical data online with a pioneer service like IBackup.com. IBackup is like an extra hard drive right on your computer and it allows you to store your important documents and files securely online. It also protects you from data loss caused by system crash, drive failures, virus attack and theft.

    IBackup is known for their application IBackup for Windows. IBackup was rated by none other than PC World magazine as the `best all-around backup services. IBackup for Windows automatically selects critical user data such as Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, My Documents, financial Files and other office files with file selection wizards. Advanced options include MS SQL Server, MS Exchange Server and System State backups. IBackup supports backups for UNIX and Linux based computers using rsync. IBackup accounts are compatible with most FTP clients on most platforms providing a powerful flexible tool to transfer files.

    You can also use IDrive that when installed maps your online IBackup account as a local drive on your computer. You can then drag-and-drop, open, edit and save files in the online IBackup account, as if they were on your local computer. If you want to safely store your music and video collection, you don't have to go elsewhere. Try IDrive Multimedia. You can also use Web-Manager to store all your media and image files. You can even share these files by creating sharable links and emailing them to others.

  24. Jennifer
    December 29, 2006 at 4:47 am

    There is a cool website for online backup info, articles and news:

    http://www.BackupReview.info

    Check it out.

  25. Kalygul
    December 29, 2006 at 3:21 am

    thanx Tito, I will check them out.

  26. tito
    December 29, 2006 at 1:20 am

    I should add that at 4shared the size limit is 50 MB per file.

  27. tito
    December 29, 2006 at 1:00 am

    Nice article, but maybe you could add these 2 sites:

    4shared.com/
    • 1 GB of free space
    • Unlimited bandwidth
    • Unlimited access
    • No software to download

    eggdisk.com/
    •6GB File Storage
    •150MB per file, can store any file
    •Instant Activation, no waiting.
    •But no illegal content please
    •No fees, no catch, just eggjoy

    There is also a AMD version of the Streamload at http://amd.streamload.com/

  28. zz
    December 29, 2006 at 12:42 am

    there is also:
    awardspace.com

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