What’s Your Favorite Cloud Storage Service? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

With over 1,000 votes and nearly 80% of the votes going to the same answer, this is the most unanimous poll we’ve had in quite a while.

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This week’s poll question is: What’s Your Favorite Cloud Storage Service?

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Cloud storage services, or online storage services, have picked up in popularity over the past few years. Today, almost everyone uses at least one service, and many use more than one to store, synchronize and backup their files. Each service offers slightly different features and abilities, but almost everyone has a go-to favorite they use the most. Which one do YOU think is best?

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If your favorite service is not listed, tell us all about it in the comments. If it is, tell us what makes your favorite the best of the bunch!

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anthonymonori

I use both iCloud and Dropbox, but I prefer Dropbox more, especially now, that they introduced the 2-step verification system.

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rama moorthy

Most secured Dropbox EVER …!

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rama moorthy

also try cx.com .. giving 10 gb of space ..i think…

techandlife

Yes, CX, but for some reason it never gets a mention in these cloud storage roundups, I just don’t know why.

Yaara Lancet

I’ve heard of CX, of course, but I had to keep the answers to the big players, otherwise we’d have 20 options to choose from. :)

I did give an “other” option precisely for this purpose! Thanks for mentioning CX as an option.

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Greg

I’m starting to like Google Drive, they’re plans are so cheap

Tracey Rekoplus

I use Google Drive but with the Syncdocs client. Syncdocs adds client features Google “forgot” like syncing folders from anywhere on your computer and online encryption.

Yaara Lancet

Interesting, thanks!

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Adriel Mingo

SkyDrive
Because……
-Supports: Windows Phone, Android, iPhone, Windows, MacOSX
-Desktop Functionality: Downloadable app that creates a folder that keeps all my stuff synced to the cloud. Also allows me to remotely search a computer I have the app on in-case I don’t have a file I need in the SkyDrive folder
-Mobile functionality: Windows Phone: Integrated into the OS and allows me to manually or auto-upload pictures to SkyDrive. Auto-syncs my OneNotes to SkyDrive, manual upload and download Word/PowerPoint/Excel/PDFs to/from skyDrive. Mobile app also available for browsing, downloading and sharing in a managed way
-Mobile functionality on iOS and Android: Mobile app that let’s me do the same as the mobile app for Windows phone on my iPad and rooted Nook color.
Also free storage is the most at 7GBs and expansion is also about the cheapest out there as well.

Paul Harris

I agree with you, Adriel, plus if you were one of the lucky ones to get 25Gigs free like I was, you can hardly complain. Works for me.

Yaara Lancet

That’s awesome! How did you manage that?

Paul Harris

I had a Hotmail and a Live.ca email account, I guess, or maybe they just drew my name out of a hat.

Yaara Lancet

Thanks Adriel! You give a very good case for SkyDrive, which I’ve actually never used. Sounds like I should start, especially since I’m dreaming of a WP8 device. :)

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cypherinfo

Hello, I think the http://bookmycloud.com/ is the best one; it is free and above all really UNLIMITED!

Thank you.

Maryjane Ignacio

Sounds good… But why it isn’t mentioned here? (Just wondering)

cypherinfo

Hello, the poll has the following option: “Other (I will tell you in the comments) 6.2%” Few are the peoples available to tell you “all the truth”
Thank you.

Yaara Lancet

As cypherinfo mentioned, there was an “other” option indeed.

Also, I’ve never heard of this one before, so I couldn’t mention it. :)

Yaara Lancet

Looks great! I’ve never heard of this one before. I will give it a better look soon. Is it really free and unlimited, or is there a catch?

cypherinfo

Hello, you’re are free to check and to open an account there. Thank you for your interest :)

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Graham Richardson

I have been with MS Skydrive for a while and find it the best – it helps being in earlier and getting a lot more storage than the current offering.

That said I am also now using Google which is easy to use although the apps can only link to one account whereas I actually have two Google accounts. If I could choose which one to use each time then I would make the switch to Google for at least some of my files.

I do also have an old ADrive account which offers huge free storage but is not easy to use and is slow.

Yaara Lancet

Thanks for informative comment!

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Dion Jensen

Since most of my Cloud Storage is to Support my Blackberry Playbook Tablet, I appreciate the 50GB (free) available storage – although I haven’t used 20% yet.

The service rocks, and with the Sync Service Available – it’s no longer necessary with the Dropbox (that i used before).

Yaara Lancet

Thanks!

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Matthew Unwin

I use dropbox just because I have all my files on there and nothing has gone wrong so why spend lots of time transfering

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MisterBigglesworth

I prefer Google Drive because:

* it’s free and easy to use
* integrates well with my Android devices and Windows desktop including a synchronized folder in Windows Explorer
* Google Docs is part of it and I have access to my documents wherever I go
* I have 5gb which is more than I need

That being said, I do wish there was support for instant viewing/streaming of uploaded media files.

Yaara Lancet

Sounds good, thanks!

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Vipul Jain

Have tried Dropbox, GDrive & SugarSync.
GDrive is straight out off the list with its crashing android app and bad PC app as well.

Sugarsync might be great but it is way too complex. The android app always wanted to download everything instead of just syncing list of items. I never got the idea of the Magic Briefcase, neither could it be deleted.

Dropbox! Been using it for 2 years now. Simplicity at its best. Easy to operate and great pc & android apps. Enough storage for daily purposes with my free account (now raised from 2Gb to 3GB through tasks & referrals).
Also easy sharing options and simple steps to make shard folder which i and my friends enjoy!

Yaara Lancet

I must agree about SugarSync, I tried using it before and it just wasn’t intuitive enough. Weird things kept happening.

Thanks for the comment!

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GrrGrrr

I voted for Dropbox, caz for past 3 years it had never let me down. Not only I have been using it, but also I have referred many friends who have benefited from Dropbox.

It has support for almost every device, and the newly designed web-interface is faster as well.

Yaara Lancet

Awesome, thanks!

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Benjamin Glass

I don’t use any cloud service whatsoever! It’s kind of scary to me to think that someone, especially a government agent, could be reading my files without me even suspecting it. I don’t have anything to hide, but that just creeps me out.

André Kamara

I personally don’t use these services for storing anything personal. It’s useful to know you can access your files wherever you are. I use DropBox for my courses, and it’s safer to send files to my clients.

Vipul Jain

first off these are private companies so no government agencies can get this info.
& if a government agent were to read your data he would easily hack into your system while you are online and get the data as well :P

Patrick McAuley

Rather naive to think that being a private company means the government can’t get access to your data. If you read the Terms of Service for any of these services, you will see that with a court order, any of them will provide your data to a government agency. And of course, under the Patriot Act in the U.S. (where most of the services are based), not only is a court order not required, but the service cannot even make it known that the government asked for your data. That’s why it’s important for any personal or confidential data, that it is encrypted before sending to the cloud. As several people have mentioned, SpiderOak provides this facility. Personally, I use Carbonite for backup, since it also provides pre-internet encryption. For less significant data like music and ordinary files, I use either Dropbox or Skydrive for sharing among my own devices or with other people. Really like Skydrive’s webapps as well, since I’m an MS Office user. Great that I can edit Office docs even on my Mac, where I don’t have Office installed.

Vipul Jain

but then again don’t you think unless you are some sort of criminal it shouldn’t matter to you. Why would the government be interested in a common man’s dropbox account lol

R Hopgood

Non-sequitor idea. Someone can be a good citizen AND still not want government able to look at their data.

R Hopgood

When a service has Mac and Android apps I cannot understand why they do NOT also have a linux app.

Benjamin Glass

I imagine that the government can decrypt your data pretty fast–they have some mighty powerful machines at the NSA!

Patrick McAuley

On the contrary, using the type of encryption that Carbonite has (not exclusive to them, but industry standard), when only I know the encryption key, even the NSA would take many years to unencrypt my data. For more information on this kind of thing, check out Steve Gibson’s Security Now podcasts on Leo Laporte’s TWIT network at twit.tv, or go to Steve’s site grc.com/sn for a list of the 350+ Security Now podcasts he has done over several years. In relation to Cloud Storage, Steve did a complete rundown of several services, with a particular focus on security, in episode 349, with follow-up information in episodes 350 and 351.

rama moorthy

Hey Benjamin .. if you are not using any cloud due to goverment . then Google Service is right for you .. they will not give the government about the user or anything concerned with the user .. take a look at google drive Terms and conditions and privacy … it would help you ..

Yaara Lancet

Interesting. So what do you use for sharing and syncing files across different devices? Or do you simply don’t do that at all?

Yogesh

Hey to get rid of that worry check our http://www.spideroak.com its open source and it has 2 gb free storage and it encrypts your data right when it leaves your computer so that no one is able to read your data not even the staff at the company servers.

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Jhon H. Caicedo

My favorite is Dropbox, the LAN sync feature is awesome to sync your computers on the same LAN, the free plan is limited to 2Gb but with referals can go up to 18Gb, the windows client works very well, is fast. Shared folders are great but you cannot share a folder as read only, you can create URLs to share folders and files with other people (event outside of dropbox)

Google Drive, offers 5Gb free, the client is good and is well integrated with Google Docs.

Skydrive, gives you 7Gb free (25 Gb if you are an old hotmail.com user) but found the windows client slow to start sync.

Box.net offers 25gb for free, is a good solution and works well.

rama moorthy

hey man,, dropbox gives 18gb ..? with referalls .. Its only upto 16 GB..

Jhon H. Caicedo

I got 2Gb + 16Gb in referrals + 250Mb for something else, so currently I have 18.25Gb

The page https://www.dropbox.com/getspace shows all the ways you can get extra space, I just completed the other tasks, connect my FB and twitter accounts and ended up with 18.88Gb

Yaara Lancet

That’s awesome! I only have 5.2GB. I do use only 60% of that, so I’m not complaining.

Yaara Lancet

Great comment, thanks!

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BestGeeK

I think Buddy Backup (http://www.buddybackup.com/) is worth a note.
I’m using it and it’s quite and offer unlimited space. More, I can choose whom to share what and also specify amount of share. Binary increment sync is just icing on the cake!

cypherinfo

Hello, I checked it I do not think is a good system. It uses the free space of the buddies of your network to archive your files! What if you do not have any buddy? http://www.bookmycloud.com is really: unlimeted and free!

Rehan

cool….i liked it

cypherinfo

Hello, your is not a free unlimted archive. It is a network of peoples you know available to give you their free space fro your files!!

Thank you.

BestGeeK

First, this is not *my* offering. I just use their service.
Second, there’re handful of offering that say Unlimited storage. *Yours* doesn’t offer anything new. In fact, it’s featureless in first sight.

BuddyBackup, helps me here as, it has no restriction share, control on sharing and much more.
Compared to this, your offer is ordinary. I don’t feel the need to use it at all.

So, stop shoving your offering to everybody and let ‘em choose what’s best for them.

Yaara Lancet

Interesting concept. Thanks for mentioning it!

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Nick Bruce

I used to use Dropbox religiously, then they had a security problem (I forget what exactly happened) and I never really went back. Their online interface is rather mediocre in retrospect anyways. But now I am use SkyDrive full time on both my laptop(PC) and my iMac at home. The interface is excellent, especially with the recent redesign, and the sync clients work well. Plus, because I used to use SkyDrive back when you got 25GB of free storage, I got the free upgraede to the 25GB instead of only 7 (which still isn’t too bad).

The problem with cloud storage is that it all seems the same to the basic user. They all offer, for the most part, the same service with the same features. 5GB free is pretty much standard and so is syncing. It comes down to the online interface as well as whether you like the company that supports it. For instance, Google Drive’s interface is pretty good, but some people hate Google and could never use that service.

The services that standout are Apple’s iCloud (it works well in how it is designed, but is limited in other aspects that power users would hate) and Box. Box works well as a corporate solution, but for the average user, lacks syncing. Even though I have 50GB of storage with them, they are mainly archiving for me because I cannot just save a file somewhere and have it show up on their servers.

Yaara Lancet

Thanks Nick! Very informative comment.

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Jeremy Collake

The better question – which I asked here on G+ previously – is which of these cloud storage solutions have data access policies in place for their employees, and strictly adhere to them? Dropbox publicly stated their data access policies by employees, but I’ve not yet found information from others, especially the big players. By publicly stating such things, they can later be held accountable. ?

Yaara Lancet

Good question. I must say I don’t really know. You could try asking on MakeUseOf Answers. It’s a much better place to ask than G+, and someone’s bound to know the answer.

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Igor Rizvi?

Well i have voted for the dropbox,but if i had the chance iv would vote for the first three,because i use google drive also and skydrive :)

Yaara Lancet

Well, the question was which was your favorite, not which ones you use. You can’t have more than one favorite! :)

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Adrian

SpiderOak, 6 Gb (lately I got a free upgrade), works for me big time.

1. Sophisticated encryption , BEFORE it leaves your home into the SpiderOak Cloud. Huge difference with other cloud storage services.

2. Ease of use. Set and forget.

Why not others:

– With SkyDrive, a dedicated folder on your local drive must be installed:(.
– With GDrive, I have privacy issues, which is a big no-go (even a Google freak myself).
– Dropbox, only 2 Gb, I don’t want to deal with hassles of referrals.

Other services mentioned I don’t know much about these to give comments.

Yaara Lancet

never heard of SpiderOak before, looks interesting. Great comment! You should register with MUO, you could get 150 points for such comments. :)

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John Penland

My favorite has to be Dropbox. A close second is google drive. One that should have been mentioned is Ubuntu one though ;)

Yaara Lancet

True! That’s one that probably deserved to have its own mention and not be part of “other”. Thanks!

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Arun PR

Cubby.

Its got all features which famous cloud services share across them.

Superb Cool Windows App.
5GB free. (10GB including invites).
unlimited peer-to-peer syncing.

Give it a try..!!! Awesome Service.

Tug Ricks

Cubby doesn’t seem to sync as quickly as other services I’ve tried. (Google Drive/SugarSync) But it’s still in beta, so maybe they’ll work on that aspect of the service.

Yaara Lancet

Interesting. I think I should try it myself too.

Yaara Lancet

I’ve heard of Cubby before, but never talked to anyone who uses it. Thanks!

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Samuel

I use Dropbox, SugarSync and SkyDrive simultaneously, each with their own pros and cons.

I love DB because everyone else uses it and it just makes sharing work so much easier.

I love SugarSync because I let it know what folders and files I want continuously in sync. Any change to that folder/file and SS automatically uploads it to the cloud.

Lastly, SkyDrive is awesome because I managed to get the 25GB for free. That’s always useful to keep music or software at hand… no to mention work files that are usefull once in a while.

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Arron Walker

I use Dropbox and Google Drive. So far though, I’ve barely had a use for dive, I’m only 11.9% of the way into my 5.4GB of DB space. I’ve earned 3.38 from referrals and tasks so far, the free rewards system is really useful, and well, rewarding. I only use drive because it integrates with Google Docs.

Also, Dropbox just has more programs that work with it, i.e droptunes.

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Terry

I use a combination of services:

First SpiderOak – To securely backup and sync between my computers. specifically my documents, code I write, health and financial information, files for work, settings for software, etcetera

Second Dropbox – To quickly backup/sync and easily share the files that I don’t mind also sharing with the service provider or care if they end up in the wild.

While these service seem to be complete replacements for each other they each have their strengths and weaknesses which makes it so they complement each other. Dropbox is very fast and very easy to use and share. Though Dropbox doesn’t have the best security track record and gets it speed via using one encryption key for every account on the entire service. SpiderOak can backup and sync files and folders located anywhere my user has full rights. Making it more versatile. It encrypts with my unique password prior to transfer and then gets encrypted again by the SpiderOak server key. The versatility and double encryption makes it suitable to keep applications in sync between computers and keep data very secure but at the expense of not being able to implement all the methods Dropbox enjoys for speeding up transfers, also Dropbox has implemented sharing so nicely.

Third Ubuntu One – For doing a second cloud service backup of all the things that I really couldn’t afford to ever lose.

SpiderOak, Dropbox and Ubuntu One have apps for portable devices so I can have access to everything important on my computers from my phone. Peace of mind if my laptop were ever to crash while I’m out somewhere and had a file needed for work.

Adrian

Good points! I might want to have a closer look at Ubuntu One. Thanks for mentioning it.

Terry

I did forget to mention that SpiderOak, Dropbox and Ubuntu One are all cross-platform which is very important to me. There are also other very good cross-platform cloud services, but the simultaneous use of those three are plenty adequate for me.

Yaara Lancet

Great comment! You should have a registered user, a comment like this can win you 150 reward point easily. :)

Terry

Thanks Yaara, I love MakeUseOf which has been very generous as I have won three different times in giveaways/contests. I do have a MakeUseOf login using an OpenID but to save time and hassle I usually skip actually logging in. Thanks for all the hard work you and the others do to make MakeUseOf such a valuable resource.

Yaara Lancet

That’s great to hear, Terry! Thank you!

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Rahcco

At this point, I don’t use any of them. I need to learn more about them — which is the reason I came to this post. I’m leary of having my stuff out in space somewhere and having it disappear — or having someone break into it. Glad you brought up the subject so I can learn more … thanks.

Yaara Lancet

Give us an update when you decide which service to choose!

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Lambvolution

CX is good too. it provide 10GB for free

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Lyoe

I use adrive.com. Although the design of the website is very out of date, it can upload unlimited file size. And it comes with 50Gb free. I use it to back up almost anything in my comp

Yaara Lancet

Interesting, thanks! I haven’t heard of this one before.

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Sebastian Hadinata

Dropbox for the win! And now with two step verification!

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John McDougall

I use ownCloud. I don’t trust others with my data, though SpiderOak looks promising. I host my own cloud with ownCloud.

Yaara Lancet

Another interesting option, thanks for sharing!

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Habete

How about Glide with 30 GB maybe the biggest free space offer?

Yaara Lancet

That’s a good one! Thanks!

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gpvprasad

Dropbox and Ubuntu-one.

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vineedcool

i use opendrive coz unless like google drive and other it doesnt create folder wer u need to copy ur files to get sync to server instead it makes a new vitual drive,,,that has all ur files,,,,jus log into it and thts it,,,no extra space it being used :)

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sanjay_addya

Love both Dropbox & Google Drive. But prefer Google Drive more because of its tight integration with various Google Services, specially Gmail!!

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Tug Ricks

Honeslty, I think I’ve spent more time reading articles about cloud storage services than actually using them. But when I do need to back something up, I’m a fan of SugarSync. It’s sort of like the Showtime Rotisserie & BBQ, you set it and forget it. I don’t like having to think about everything, and SugarSync makes backing up and syncing files as easy as possible. I also love its Android app, which is what sealed the deal for me.

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i0ni

I use multiple cloud storage services, each one with its purpose.
I have 4Gb of space in my dropbox account and I use it just to store backups of websites, I don’t have it installed on my computer or Android phone.
I use Google Drive as a way to send files between my android phone and my PC. I keep apk files, roms, titanium backups and stuff like that in my google drive so I will be able to get them when I’ll need them.
For backing up my PC, I use spideroak. I have 12Gb of space on my account and that’s enough to backup all my important stuff.

Yaara Lancet

That’s an interesting system, thanks for sharing!

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Pierre BRIENNE

I’ve been using Dropbox since early 2009, back when they were at getdropbox.com . I think it’s truly the best cloud storage service, because it provides a cross-platform sync client. It’s almost the only cloud provider for Linux ! Of course, there is Ubuntu One, but it just isn’t the same.
Moreover, through referrals, you can have more storage. By more storage, I mean a 10-Gb-dropbox. And contrarily to Box, there is no silly 100 MB file size limit on free accounts.

The feature that makes Dropbox sand out of the other providers is connected apps. With these ‘apps’, you can fully automate your file management with Wappwolf, automatically move PNG files to a specific folder with SortMyBox, listen to your music in your web browser with DropTunes… MakeUseOf made an article about the best apps : http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-apps-dropbox/

Shared folder are also an interesting feature : you can share a folder with your family, another with your co-workers… And always having the latest versions of documents can be very important in a team.
To share a file, you can create a link right from your file manager (Windows Explorer, Nautilus…) with a right-click. You don’t even need to upload your file : it’s already in your dropbox, so it’s ready to share.

The android app is also great, because you can mark files as favorites, to have them accessible offlne. Gdrive’s app has the same feature, though.

I also use Bitcasa, but only to store heavy files like Linux ISOs.

To sum up, I prefer Dropbox, but I also use Google Drive to store and edit my documents in Google Chrome, and sync them for offline use with InSync ( http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/insync-google-drive-power-users/ ).

Yaara Lancet

Thanks for taking the time to write this comment. I’ve also been using Dropbox since 2009 and haven’t felt the need to switch yet.

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Nick

mediafire…giving you 50 GB free with neat & clean interface + installer for sync.

Vipul Jain

mediafire’s uploader is bad if you do not have a good connection because you cannot pause your syncs. Once disconnected you have sync from the beginning. Also no mobile app!

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Morgan Chandler

I prefer Ubuntu One although I do still like dropbox.

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Ahmed Khalil

Dropbox is no one ?

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Ed Brand

I use Google Drive for all Google Documents and Dropbox for nearly everything else. I have Box and SkyDrive accounts but never use them.

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Sabih Ahmed

I have used both Dropbox and SugarSync, but i prefer SugarSync more because it caters all my need whether business or personal. It has a lot better interface and usability than dropbox (my opinion). There are dozens of cloud providers with multi different features… Have read some reviews about Mediafire as well. It offers 50GB free space but i don’t consider it as an alternative to dropbox because the user experience of dropbox is very good and people rely on their storage offerings!

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shaurya gupta

I love skydrive. It gives you lots of space and in fact 7 GB for free. Its by micrsoft and surely secure. It provides you a desktop application along with windows phone, iOS, android. It is the cheapest one available and its web apps are better than those of google. i can files easily and post to social networking sites. It is like your ms office with you. And there are notes and mail along with it. It is the best for sure.

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scott_hn

My first was Google Drive, but I couldn’t get it to sync correctly and it kept duplicating documents in different formats, both in the cloud and on my desktop, so I gave up on it. I’ve been using Dropbox for a couple of years, have lately started using SugarSync and Box, each with their own pros & cons. But I’m a recent Skydrive convert and am using it as my go-to, especially since I got the free 25GB offer, I use MS Office 2007, and there are lots of apps available to use on-line. Keeping everything MS just makes sense to me as all the products are theoretically designed to play nice with each other. After a couple of months of using it, I am very happy with its performance

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Andy Bristow

My Primary cloud storage is SkyDrive (25GB) but for temp sharing I prefer to use Dropcanvas http://dropcanvas.com/

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Keith

I use ASUS WebStorage: got it for free with my Asus transformer tablet, I can hook up from a PC wherever I may be and it auto sinks my transfer files. Its simple and it works for me.
However, I do not use it for personal of confidential data and who knows what levels of security are out there or who might have access to it? Cloud services are great for anywhere access and potentially backing up files, but do you really know where your data is?

Yaara Lancet

Interesting option, I didn’t know ASUS offers this service.

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Jeremy Flynn

I use skydrive for work. I used box.net for my personal storage. However, I am thinking of switching to spider Oak. I like the application and pricing not to mention their security policies.

Skydrive is really only used for work because everything office, syncing of my work laptop with excel files, word, etc as well as my emails. Plus I am really loving the new outlook.com, I dare say i like it more than gmail.

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John

I do not use the “cloud”. In the 90’s I used remote servers for my business and they went down. Although it is much more reliable now it is still equipment run by people, it is not magic. I don’t have gigs of information to save, mostly lines of code. I use a thumb drive. Now the government wants to look at what you do whenever they wish and be able to shut down ISP’s and I assume the cloud in an “emergency”. what are people storing that take tens of gigabites anyway?

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John Hossley

I voted for DropBox, but have experimented with VPN and remote desktop access to use my tablet while away from home. Tres CHic.

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redffpup (@redffpup)

I mainly use livedrive.com, unlimited storage for 5 computers (pc and Mac)
Also iCloud which is only good for me to store music (and then it doesn’t always work), Dropbox is ok for quickly sharing data but that can be a pain on low bandwidth connections where it wants to store it locally on each computer.

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Paul Burgess

I use Dropbox. It does the job and has never let me down yet. I use a laptop with Windows and a desktop with Ubuntu. It seems to synchronise quickly.so I always have the latest version of my documents, whichever machine I use.

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Julie Smith

Initially I only used DropBox, but DropBox kept rolling back file versions when I had multiple clients running (2 x PC and 1 x Android). So, I tried SugarSync, and I’ve been really happy with it.

Now, I “spread my risk” by using SkyDrive, DropBox and SugarSync, with different applications using different services. For example, most of my source code is through SugarSync. I use DropBox mainly for information, and specifically because Ema Personal Wiki on Android uses the DropBox API to sync the Wiki with my PC through the cloud.

I also use SkyDrive to share files with a friend who lives overseas, as she’s a “Hotmail only” user.

I use BoxCryptor to encrypt all the files in my Personal folder, which is where I store sensitive items.

However, because I don’t trust anything to be 100% reliable, I also regularly back up everything to external hard drives.

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Julie Smith

Why did my comment lose all its formatting?

Yaara Lancet

It didn’t, that’s just the preview. :)

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Kevin Wiley

I use both ADrive.com and DropBox. I use Adrive purley as a cloud live “storage”. With Directory Opus’s built in ftp it really is like a fast additional drive.
I use Dropbox for live files and quick document and file exchanges between clients, friends and family.
Computer is backed up via Mozy.
For me this works great, everything has it’s place and in a way redundant backup.

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R Hopgood

I use a Pogoplug device so have my OWN cloud.

Vipul Jain

couldn’t reply above as it had run out of space lol.
Firstly had to google your Latin phrase.. :D
And what i meant was why would the government look at a common man’s data. I’m sure it has better stuff to do. And as for Linux apps, even with a huge user base, it still isn’t considered Mainstream i guess.. :/
If i wasn’t a hardcore gamer, i’d have loved to try out Linux for a longer period than just a trail Ubuntu CD :P

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rama moorthy

Dropbox ever..!!
1 Cross platform ..supports all types of OS and also having desktop app for all OS,
2 Simplicity (dropbox is simplyfying my life)
3 More storage(2-16 GB)
4 High security..(my files are safe,even dropbox server got error.)
5 Public folder access .(I think more of the cloud not having it)
6 Speed (ofcourse I am using it as fileserver for my download website)
7 Increases features of cloud..
8 keeps versions..
9 we can get the deleted file (within 1 month.. I think)..
10 excellent sharing facility..
11 excellent and speed desktop apps ..

12 and many more….

so the dropbox is BEST ever..

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Joe

This is a rapidly evolving concept. I have settled on SkyDrive for now because I got 25 gig, it has Office WebApps and now Outlook.com.

I started with DropBox, still use SugarSync for some backups and tried Gdrive for several months. I expect them all to grow and develop rapidly. Besides the services offered we will probably see some evolution of the service monetization.

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Mihai Triboi

Can’t say “favorite” as I never tried another one but Dropbox, and it’s pretty useful for what I’m doing. Used this poll more as a list of the most popular Cloud Storage providers.

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Alex Downs

I use Dropbox and Google Drive both fairly regularly, all word documents are in my Google Drive, pictures, music, and smaller programs I sync in Dropbox

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Eli

I use SugarSync.It is very convenient, full of features, very convenient and I have now 16 GB – the maximum that CX provides. For sensitive I use SpideOak
I hate CX’s intellectual property claim: “all content, text, images, data, information and other material displayed, available or present on this Website (“Content”), including any intellectual property rights in such Content (including without limitation trademarks and copyrights) (hereinafter “Intellectual Property Rights”), are the property of CX, its affiliates, its licensors or the designated owners, and are protected by applicable intellectual property laws”

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Richard Borkovec

The desktop SkyDrive app is awesome, and with 25GB of free storage and shared/private folders, it’s hard to run out of space.

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Victor Ong

I use mediafire. It has unlimited space, just a 200mb upload limit.

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Raman Bathina

I use two boxes that are drop box and box.

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Pst Hemmy

Google Drive makes much sense to me. Reason is, I can access my documents over the internet anytime and anywhere. Plus, It doesn’t matter if I have the right applications on my computer to access my files or not as I can view, edit and print files from the web browser.

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Bahr?m

I have been using Dropbox for a while. Actually it is the only cloud storage service that I use. And the reason is that it is the only service that has client for Windows, Linux, and android, and it doesn’t need administrator privileges to be installed on Windows. This way, I can use my portable software on my laptop, and university computer. Moreover, I have all my research material, like huge collection of ebooks, journal articles, and notes on a Zotero installed on Dropbox. Dropbox for Android is awesome. Of course there are apps like Cloudpipes, which facilitate Dropbox usage on Android.

I have 20GB of storage on it for FREE. I don’t think any other service could grant me all these features.

Yaara Lancet

You have 20GB on a free Dropbox account? That’s impressive work.

Bahraam

Well, with all the referral and photo upload bonuses, it is not very difficult to get the free storage limit.
And thank you for introducing Zotero to me. My academic life has changed after learning about Zotero for the first time here on MUO.
I mean this:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/organize-research-standalone-zotero/

I guess beside putting portable software and Zotero stuff on the cloud, there can be other smart uses of such services. It would be very nice to read about some on MUO.

Yaara Lancet

Glad you like Zotero! It saved my life during my grad studies. Lately I’ve also discovered ReadCube, which is a very interesting new solution.

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Clarky

Evernote – service of the decade.

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rathishsrk03

I use SkyDrive and Google Drive..

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a001efa6a1f227734b9e56a468e45763

Dropbox is the best. Its syncing capability is great. They’ve also got a great list of tasks which we could perform to get loads of free space(up to 22 GB).

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Loenja Selter

i use dropbox, box.com, skydrive, google drive and sugar sync

the main reason i have so many is that google came with gmail
skydrive came with college
box came with 25gigs of space :)
sugar sync was a favourite for android iirc

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Richard Steven Hack

As a DreamHost ISP user, I’m pleased to hear about the beta of DreamObjects, their new cloud storage service. They’ve have “Files Forever” for a while, which allowed DreamHost plan users to host files for sharing, over and above their “Web use only” policy for storage. But now they have a real cloud storage plan, based on the open-source Ceph project.

As a trial user, you get 20GB storage and 20GB download for two months. Once the trial is up, you pay only 7 cents per GB per month for storage and another 7 cents per GB for download per month (upload is free).

Or you can get 20GB of storage on a prepaid plan for only $1.35/month, and 100GB for a mere $6.49/month. I think those are pretty cheap options. Much larger plans are also available up to 100 TERABYTES for $4,500/month!

At the moment there is no desktop client although any client that works with the Amazon S3 API will allegedly work as the DreamObject API is compatible. You can access the storage via DreamHost’s panel.

They provide some redundancy across their data centers (although not to Amazon’s degree of redundancy, obviously.)

There is a beta signup here: http://dreamhost.com/cloud/dreamobjects/

As a DreamHost ISP client, I’ll be trying this one out and might even go for the $6.49/month 100GB plan.

Yaara Lancet

Thanks for telling us about it!

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Paul Rubin

Syncplicity

Yaara Lancet

Completely forgot about this service! I tried using it a while back, not sure what happened, though.

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ganesh

till now i prefer adrive.com because adrive having remote file transfer option with 50 GB free. its really very good. Others can suggest me option must contain remote file transfer option like adrive.

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Dwayne Nicholson

SugarSync has been doing a great for me.

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Rehan

I Tried http://www.bookmycloud.com

Pretty Impresssive

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macwitty

I’m also among them who use more than one service
2 Dropbox accounts,
one from work (paid) for stuff related to that company and our costumers
one private (free, with 24 GB) 1. Nearly all sorts of sharing with friends like “share folders”, public links and let them send photos and stuff with “Send to Dropbox” as Dropbox seems easiest for people. 2. Using “Public folder” for quick preview of html sites, also for letting other see it when I’m working on a site 3. Auto backup of WordPress installations.

Sugarsync (free, with 40 GB) mostly for syncing between devices. Great sync and you can have the folders where you want on your computers. I do also use it for sharing files when I want be in, some sort, of control as Sugarsync provide more opportunities to set what the recipient may do.

Google Play Music with my iTunes library – great to be able listen to my own music when I’m sitting in someone els office

Well, as Box offered 50 GB I couldn’t resist to sign up but have not used it much and don’t see it replace my “old” services.

By the way, those of you who use Dropbox and need more free space I do hope you have noticed you can get up to 3 GB if you auto upload photos from your camera or mobile. You dont need to upload all 3 GB at the same time and you can delete/remove the photos as soon as you got the space

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Chanaka Hettige

Most customization. Most free space delivering [Old customers got full 25GB while new can grab 7GB] is SkyDrive. No begging for free storage, they deliver safe and sound!

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Yogesh

I like Spideroak the most, since it provides client side encryption and not even the server staff can see what we have up there on the site.

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Yogesh

Spideroak since its open source and all data is stored in encrypted format even in their servers so not even the spideroak staff can know what we have uploaded

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