Use Multiple Online Cloud Storage Services for Free and Organized Backup
We recently reviewed a few popular cloud storage services in an attempt to help you choose the best one, but why should you necessarily have to choose just one? Instead, use them all to create an organized online backup system that's completely free.
Seems like every day a new online data storage service opens its servers to the world, practically begging users to eat up their bandwidth and store their data, or at least back it up, to "the cloud." We've noted, reviewed, and shared a good number of hacks for these services, many of which offer gigabytes of free storage. But how can you know which site is worth sending your data to, and which fits best into how you work and play? We've put together a spreadsheet comparison of the online storage sites we've mentioned here, and those that have stood the test of time, to help you out.Adam previously compiled the results from a reader survey of the best online file sharing services, which cuts pretty close to the contenders in this field. Those winners were, in order: Box.net, Drop.io, MediaFire, and Windows Live SkyDrive. Here's our feature-by-feature comparison chart of the current roster of online storage services—the ones that offer some form of free plan, anyways. (All of these services offer some form of security and privacy with uploaded files, along with, in most cases, the ability to share and/or collaborate on documents). Update: Many of our readers find Jungle Disk, a per-GB-per-month backup service hosted by Amazon.com's S3 service, to be a good, reliable deal. We're not including it here because there's no free service to try out first, and, frankly, we're not trying to open the giant can of worms that is paid hosting. Click to view All of the services listed above have appeared on Lifehacker at one point or another, too. If you know of, or use, another service that offers comparable (or better) features than those below, tell us in the comments and we'll update the chart.