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Online Internet Storage

Internet based storage providers, providing storage that you can access across the internet.

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Introduction

Some companies provide internet based storage (also often referred to as "internet based storage space", "remote file storage", "virtual storage" or "virtual hard drive"). Internet based storage is a simple means of sharing files (for example between home and work or with friends), for giving you access to your files from any location, and for off site backups.

Most sites that offer this service charge a modest fee and some will provide either a more restricted free service or a limited free trial. There are fewer internet based storage providers now than there used to be. When the first version of this list was put together there were a number of sites offering free storage space. Now most of those have gone out of business and others have converted to offering a commercial (i.e. paid for) service. Be aware of this before relying upon an internet storage device as your sole method of keeping backups - a service you pay for will be more dependable than a free one.

The information provided on this page is believed to be accurate, and is based on the information published on provider's website. Please check with each company before signing up. If you find any errors or omissions please report these via e-mail to: feedback@cryer.co.uk.

Feature Summary Comparison

The following table provides summary information on each storage provided included in the comparison.

Summary Free service Paid service
Space Trial Share FTP Initial space Max space Max file size FTP
DriveHQ Highly Recommended 1GB free Yes Yes 2GB 20GB no limit Yes
Mozy Recommended 2GB free No No 2GB 30GB no limit No
Huddle Recommended 100MB free Yes No 1GB 25GB/unlimited no limit No
Snapfish Recommended no limit, but image files only free Yes No no limit - but image files only No
Dropbox 2GB free Yes No 50GB 100GB no limit No
Box.net 1GB free Yes No 5GB 15GB 1GB No
FileDen 1GB free Yes No 5GB 15GB 1GB No
ZumoDrive 1GB free No No 10GB 500GB no limit No
Znail 1-5MB free No No 20MB 50MB no limit No
AxiFile 150MB / file free Yes Upload only no paid service
Sayabit 50MB - 100MB free Yes No 50MB 100MB no-limit No
SwissDisk 50MB free Yes No 100MB 5GB no-limit No
FileGenie 20MB free No No 50MB 7GB 1MB - 4MB Yes
TrueShare 7 day trial Yes No 3GB
30GB/Month
no specified limit no limit No
FilesAnyWhere 30 day trial Yes No 50MB 2GB no limit No
Pixagogo 15 day free trial no limit - but image files only No
Kodak Gallery free for 12 months Yes No no limit - image files only. 150MB
images only
No
SafeSnaps one month trial no limit - but image files only No
vhdisk no free service no limit Yes
I2Drive no free service 2GB 100GB no limit No

Terms:

Space
For free services the maximum amount of storage space that the provider will provide.
Trial
Whether the free service is provided on a trial basis only. "Free" indicates that the free service is free with no trial limitations (although the service provided will be less than that for the paid service), otherwise the length of trial is shown.
Share
Whether you can share files with others using the service.
Initial space
For commercial sites, the initial amount of storage space that the provider will allocate.
Max space
For commercial sites, the maximum amount of storage space that the provider will provide. Typically the provider will charge extra if more than the initial space is required.
Max file size
The maximum size of any individual file. Every storage provider will have a limit on the maximum file size, "no limit" either means that the provider has not revealed their maximum file size or that the file size limit is large enough not to be an issue.
FTP
Whether FTP or SFTP access to the storage space is provided. All provide a browser interface.

Online ("Virtual") Storage Providers

http://box.net

Box.net is an online file storage platform that enables users to share, access and store important files online anytime, anywhere. Users can access or share their files from any computer or mobile device (no software required), so any files stored on the service can be retrieved or shared anywhere. Box.net currently has over a million registered users. They offer a free 14-day trial of paid services to new users, who can sign up for either a Plus, Individual or a Business account. Their main features include:

Their free service is their "Lite" plan. They offer a 14 day free trial of their "Individual", "Business" and "Enterprise" plans.

http://box.net Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: 1GB 5GB
Maximum space provided: 1GB 15 GB with their Business plan or 5GB per user with their Enterprise plan.
Maximum file size: 10MB 1GB
Can share files: Yes Yes
Access via FTP: No No
Access via browser: Yes Yes

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http://znail.com

ZNail provide storage for free. They use a points system, with points being earned by either using the system or making a donation and the number of available points dictates how much storage you are allocated. For the free service the initial allocation is 5MB, but this can fall to 1MB.

http://znail.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: 5MB / 1MB 5MB
Maximum space provided: 5MB 50MB
Maximum file size: no apparent limit no apparent limit
Can share files: No No
Access via FTP: No No
Access via browser: Yes Yes

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www.axifile.com

Host your files with AxiFile, providing free file storage that can be used without the need to register. Fast, reliable and completely free.

Files can be uploaded without the need to register. You will then be given two links. The first link is to download the file, and this link can be emailed to those you wish to share the file with. The second link provides you with simple administration on the file, providing download statistics and the option to delete the file.

The AxiFile service is great for sharing files. It is not suitable for long term storage (because files are removed if 30 days elapse since being requested) or for managing a collection of files (because each file must be managed individually).

www.axifile.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: 150MB per file No paid service
Maximum space provided:
Maximum file size: 150MB
Can share files: Yes
Access via FTP: Upload only files can be uploaded only.
To upload using FTP requires registering for a temporary account.
Access via browser: Yes

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www.drivehq.com

DriveHQ offers 1GB of storage space for free and this includes a rich set of extra functionality including storage, backup, sharing, publishing, and FTP. Their main features include:

The free service is for personal, non-commercial use.

www.drivehq.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: 1GB

200MB/month download
or unlimited (see note 1)

2GB
Maximum space provided: 1GB 20GB
Maximum file size: no obvious limit
Can share files: Yes Yes
Access via FTP: Yes Yes
Access via browser: Yes Yes

Note:

  1. There are two levels of free membership - "Free account" and "True account". To have a "True account" requires either a non-generic email address or the deposit of $10. The "True account" is otherwise free and has no download limit.
  2. The cost of the paid service varies according to the amount of data download per month.

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www.dropbox.com

To use dropbox you start by downloading the dropbox installer application, this application takes you through the sign up process. This is all very simple and straight forward. What you end up with after the install is a folder (called "Dropbox") and anything you place in that folder is automatically stored on the dropbox servers and is thus available anywhere else where you choose to install the dropbox application.

If you do not want to use their installer then you can create an account on their website. You can upload and download files using the web interface so you do not need to install their application if you do not want to - although having a shared folder on your local computer does make it very much easier to use.

You can upload and download files using the web interface so you do not need to install their application if you do not want to - although having a shared folder on your local computer does make it very much easier to use.

www.dropbox.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: 2GB 50GB
Maximum space provided: 100GB
Maximum file size: no apparent limit
(300MB if using the web interface)1GB
Can share files: Yes Yes
Access via FTP: No No
Access via browser: Yes Yes
Bandwidth limit: 10GB/day 250GB/day

ZumoDrive offer a very similar service to that of Dropbox.

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www.fileden.com

FileDen operate four types of accounts: Free, Silver, Gold and Diamond. The paid accounts provide a photo album feature, but this is not available to users of their free service.

www.fileden.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: 1GB 5GB
Maximum space provided: 15GB
Maximum file size: 50MB 1GB
Can share files: Yes Yes
Access via FTP: No No
Access via browser: Yes Yes
Monthly bandwidth limit: 5GB 25GB to 100GB depending on subscription.

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www.filegenie.com

Provides a number of packages. The greater the subscription the more storage provided and the larger the permitted size of individual files. Used to provide a free service, but this seems to have disappeared.

www.filegenie.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided 20MB 50MB
Maximum space provided: 500MB
Maximum file size: 1MB 1MB or 4MB
depending on subscription
Can share files: No Yes
Access via FTP: No Yes
Access via browser: Yes Yes

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www.filesanywhere.com

Provides a free 30 day trial, their service must be paid for after that. Cost varies according to space requirements. These start at 50MB.

www.filesanywhere.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: no free service

30 day free trial

50MB
Maximum space provided: 2GB
Maximum file size: no apparent limit
Can share files: Yes
Access via FTP: No
Access via browser: Yes

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Huddle Collaboration

Huddle is primarily an on-line collaboration service. Huddle allows you to share more than simply your files, but also your calendar and task lists. Huddle attempts to address the need to be able to brainstorm with people from multiple cities or countries, allowing comments and discussions on ideas or projects. With Huddle you can do this and more. It is a leading collaboration tool, allowing you to manage projects, upload and share documents and other files, with anyone anywhere.

Since Huddle is much more than a simple file sharing service the following table (which provides a standard way of comparing storage providers) does not give an indication of the collaborative nature of Huddle. Other than their "Free" and "Personal" accounts, their other account types are aimed at businesses and teams.

Huddle Collaboration Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: 100MB 1GB
Maximum space provided: 100MB 25GB/unlimited
Their professional plan provides up to 25GB storage.
Their Enterprise plan has no limit, but does require a minimum of 250 users.
Maximum file size: no apparent limit no apparent limit
Can share files: Yes Yes
Access via FTP: No No
Access via browser: Yes Yes

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www.i2drive.com

I(2) Drive no longer offers a free service. All of their storage products are now paid. Each account comes with a monthly transfer limit, which (for their cheaper accounts) is equal to the storage provided on the account.

www.i2drive.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: No free service 2GB
Maximum space provided: 100GB
Maximum file size: unclear
Can share files: Yes
Access via FTP: No
Access via browser: Yes

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Kodak Gallery

Kodakgallery has a primary focus on printing digital photos (either as traditional photos or on mugs, cards, calendars and the like). They also provide a photo gallery service where you can share your photos with family or friends.

Their service is suitable for sharing, viewing, storing and printing digital images. It is important to note that their service is geared specifically to images (i.e. image files and video files) and it cannot be used for any other type of file storage.

They provide free storage for 12 months. This can be extended by making a purchase from them - each purchase extends the storage to another 12 months from the data of purchase. Alternately they do provide a premium based service which does not expire. Video files may be subject to additional restrictions on length of storage.

Kodak Gallery Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: unclear unclear
Maximum space provided: unclear
Maximum file size: 150MB 150MB
Can share files: Yes Yes
Access via FTP: No No
Access via browser: Yes Yes

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Mozy.com

Free backup is finally here.  Mozy Remote Backup.

Mozy provide a different approach to online-storage. Their storage offering is aimed primarily at providing free backup of data and files. When you sign up they provide an application that runs in the background which ensures that those files and folders you have selected are regularly backed up. This backing up is done across the internet, so it is essential that you have an internet connection. Their free service is aimed squarely at providing a reliable backup. This service is not suitable for exchanging files between users or computers (with the obvious exception of when you come to need to restore your files from the backup). Files are backed up using secure encryption, so its vital that you don't loose the key used to encrypt the files.

Free remote backup is finally here! Download and install Mozy to ensure your data is safely backed up at a secure, remote location. Mozy is a secure, automatic remote backup service for any PC in any home or office. It's simple to install and configure. No external hard drive, expensive subscription services, CD's or DVD's to burn. All you need is a broadband connection and you are ready to go!

Mozy.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: 2GB 2GB
Maximum space provided: 3GB
The extra space is earned by referring others.
30GB
Maximum file size: no limit no limit
Can share files: No No
Access via FTP: No No
Access via browser: No No

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www.pixagogo.com

Pixagogo - Elegant Online Albums Easily Shared With Family and Friends. Pixagogo provides unlimited online photo storage, sharing photos in elegant highly customizable albums and seamlessly integrated photo printing. The only restriction is that it is for image files only, but the site is optimised for images and offer many features specifically for image files such as on-line albums and capability to order prints.

www.pixagogo.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: no free service

15 day free trial

no apparent limit
Maximum space provided: no apparent limit
Maximum file size: no apparent limit. Image files only.
Can share files: Yes
Access via FTP: No
Access via browser: Yes

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www.safesnaps.com

Safe Snaps provides a service for automatically backing up digital photos across the Internet.

Their service is limited to image files, but is advertised as having no storage limit. You will need a broadband connection to use their service. They do not provide a means of sharing these files with other users.

Prices are in US dollars or UK sterling.

www.safesnaps.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: no free service

one month free trial

Unlimited storage
Maximum space provided:
Maximum file size: no apparent limit
Can share files: No
Access via FTP: No
Access via browser: Yes

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www.sayabit.com

Sayabit is primarily a file sharing solution rather than a storage provider. The distinction is that any files uploaded are potentially available for anyone else to see and don't need to be explicitly shared in any way. In practice the only people who can view the files you have uploaded will be those with whom you have shared the URL - each uploaded file is given a distinct and unique URL. Security is provided for as you can password protect each file should you want to (although the default is for files to be unprotected).

Sayabit describes itself as a links based file storage service, and this is quite an apt summary of the type of service they provide. Once registered, you can upload images, documents and files into your own space and Sayabit provides you with a unique URL for each of them. They also providing the facility to provide shortened URLs instead of long ones. What this means in practice is that you can upload files and you can access them via the web. If you share that URL with someone then they can also get access to your file. So Sayabit is primarily a file sharing solution rather than a solution providing dedicated private storage.

You can increase the storage they provide (up to a limit) by referring your friends. When you sign up you are given a named-subfolder, and should you choose to subscribe to their paid service you are guaranteeing that your subfolder name will remain yours.

www.sayabit.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: 50MB 50MB
Maximum space provided: 100MB
gain space by inviting friends to join.
100MB
Maximum file size: no limit no limit
Can share files: Yes Yes
Access via FTP: No No
Access via browser: Yes Yes

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Snapfish

Snapfish are an online photo printing service. They are owned by HP, so have a reputable name behind them. Whilst their primary business objective is to sell prints of your digital photos they also provide free photo storage.

Snapfish operate a number of regional sites, so when you visit their website start by selecting your location.

Snapfish: FREE online digital photo sharing with Snapfish.co.uk today!

whilst promotional details vary from time to time, Snapfish typically offer a number of free prints with your first order.

Snapfish Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: no limit, image files only No separate paid service, but service is provided in the hope that you will use them to print your photos and for this their rates are highly competitive.
Maximum space provided:
Maximum file size:
Can share files: Yes
Access via FTP: No
Access via browser: Yes

As well as providing a browser interface to upload (and view) your images, they allow allow you to email your pictures to them. This requires that you send from the email account that you have registered with them.

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www.SwissDisk.com

SwissDisk is encrypted end-to-end and offers free 50Mb accounts as well as a paid service.

From the SwissDisk website: "At SwissDisk, we protect sensitive information and enable compliance with data privacy and IT governance regulations. Our portable encrypted file-systems provide online storage, backup, and remote access to (private key) encrypted solutions that are integrated into the desktop environment and accessible using any web-enabled device."

SwissDisk place great emphasis on the security of your data, and files are uploaded and downloaded using a secure (SSL) connection. That said, its still a simple process to upload and share files.

www.swissdisk.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: 50MB 100MB
Maximum space provided: 5GB
Maximum file size: no limit no limit
Can share files: Yes Yes
Access via FTP: No No
Access via browser: Yes Yes

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www.trueshare.com

Established in 2003 as EasyFTP.net, TrueShare provides business class online file management and backup services allowing unlimited users. Send, receive, backup, store and access all file types. TrueShare is used to transfer graphics files to vendors, receive audio files from clients, store pictures and videos, distribute spreadsheets to co-workers, keep offsite backups of your databases, send power point presentations and marketing materials to client prospects, share product information sheets with remote employees, centralize bid document distribution to contractors, and so much more. This can all be accomplished from anywhere, at anytime, securely with TrueShare.

www.trueshare.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: 3GB 3GB / 30GB
Maximum space provided: 3GB no specified limit
Maximum file size: no free service

7 day free trial

no limit
Can share files: Yes
Access via FTP: No
Access via browser: Yes

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www.vhdisk.com

vhdisk is a relative newcomer to the online storage market, having opened in October 2011.

vhdisk.com (or Virtual hard disk online file storage solution, to give it its full name), promotes itself as offering unlimited space and traffic for a single monthly fee.

www.vhdisk.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: No free service.

At the time of review, no no trial available.

no limit
Maximum space provided: no limit
Maximum file size: apparent limit
Can share files: No
Access via FTP: Yes
Access via browser: Yes

Whilst there are no set limits on the amount of space that may be used, the number or size of files that may be uploaded, the terms and conditions allow them to impose restrictions if they deem it necessary. This is quite reasonable and is consistent with other online storage providers.

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www.zumodrive.com

Note: ZumoDrive is due to be closed in June 2012. It will be replaced by MotoCast, but existing ZumoDrive accounts will not be migrated across.

Zumodrive provide a web-based interface to your storage. They provide an installable utility which makes your storage space appear as a removable drive. The utility once installed will step you through the process of signing up, part of this process involves designating any folders that you want to be able to link to your "ZumoDrive". You can then share your files simply by installing their application on each pc and then logging in using the same account details.

www.zumodrive.com Free service Paid service
Initial space provided: 1GB
On their website it claims 2GB free, but their utility shows a charge for anything over 1GB.
10GB
Maximum space provided: 500GB
Maximum file size: no apparent limit no apparent limit
Can share files: Yes Yes
Access via FTP: No No
Access via browser: Yes Yes

Dropbox offers a very similar service to that of ZumoDrive.

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Other lists of storage providers

There are a number of lists of virtual storage provider on the net. The following is a sample:

If you know of any other internet based storage providers that you would like to see listed on this page or wish to report any errors on this page then please e-mail: feedback@cryer.co.uk.