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19 free cloud storage options

Brandon Butler | June 10, 2015
The cloud is full of free storage, if you know where to look.

Copy

The deal: 15GB of free cloud storage.

Details: Copy is a cloud service by Barracuda Networks, an IT company specializing in security and storage. For $5 per month or $49 per year users can get 250GB of storage. There's also an EFSS product named Copy for Companies that starts at $699 for 500GB on a dedicated virtual appliance.

Cubby

The deal: 5GB of free cloud storage.

Details: Made by LogMeIn, Cubby offers additional plans starting at $4 for 100GB of storage. Users can choose many other amounts, including more than 2TBs for $100 per month. There are also business plans that come with additional security and sharing capabilities.

Dropbox

The deal: 2GB of free storage.

Details: One of the original and most popular cloud storage products, DropBox used to offer 5GB free, now it only offers 2GB. For $10 per month users can upgrade to DropBox Pro, which comes with 1TB of space. DropBox for business, for $15 per user/month provides unlimited storage.

DumpTruck

The deal: 5GB of free storage.

Details: Users can get up to 21GB by referring friends to Dump Truck — beyond that additional storage starts at $5 per 50GBs or $50 per month for 500GB (there are other options of plans in between those). VPN provider Golden Frog hosts it.

Google Drive

The deal: 15GB of free storage.

Details: If you need more than the 15GB, for $2 per month customers get 100GB of storage, and for $10 per month customers receive 1TB of storage. Any data associated with your Google email account counts against your Drive storage limit, but anything stored in Google Docs, Sheets or Slides does not count against the 15GB limit. Small photos are stored for free in Google, but those larger than 2048x2048 count against your storage.

HiDrive

The deal: 5GB of free storage.

Details: Beyond the 5GB of free storage, up to 100GB cost $6.30 month and 500GB costs 12.50 per month. HiDrive is hosted by Starto AG, a Germany technology company.

Hive

The deal: Unlimited free storage.

Details: It's free and unlimited, but it does come with catches. First, it's ad-supported. Second, there are no desktop or mobile apps, so users have to access Hive directly through the website and while sharing is allowed, users must pay for HD stream sharing and customers can only share with other Hive users. Paid plans start at $8 per month, which allows for HD streaming and removes ads.

IDrive

The deal: 5GB of free storage.

Details: Users can get additional storage by referring friends; or a 1TB plan is available for $44 per year. There is also a business service with additional granular security controls.

 

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