Free Online File Storage / Backup Services

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Free Online File Storage or Cloud Storage , as it is called technically, is becoming a trend for storing files online as backup. Here, we compare 4 free online file storage services - Dropbox, Ubuntu One, Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive.

Dropbox :

Dropbox, the hotshot in the file backup section is many users' favourite as it supports all the major operating systems for both PCs and mobiles. It provides us with a free storage space of 2 GB and you can increase it upto 16 GB with referrals.

Pros :

  • Works with all major OSs - Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone
  • Folders outside of main backup folder can be backed up

Cons :

  • Only 2 GB is provided ( others provide 5 GB )
  • No automatic scheduling option

Ubuntu One :

Ubuntu One is Ubuntu's own online file backup service meant to provide all PC users free online backup services. Ubuntu one provides a host of functionalities that others fail to.

Pros :

  • 5 GB of free storage
  • Scheduled backups
  • Folders outside of main backup folder can be backed up
  • Works with Windows, Linux, iOS and Android devices


  • No native app for Mac and Windows Phone

Google Drive :

Google Drive, a free online file backup service, another try from Google to expand its territory. Unfortunately i could not get to test its full functionality since Linux Application has not been released yet.

Pros :

  • 5 GB Free Storage
  • Supports online File Editing for specific file types
  • Online File Creation and Editing
  • Supports Windows/Mac/Android/iOS
  • Undo File Changes - Allows us to go back undoing the changes made to the file ( for 30 days )

Cons :

  • No native app for Linux
  • No scheduling of Sync

Sky Drive :

Sky Drive is a Microsoft's try to drive the Windows' users into saving their files online. I was not able to test this one completely because there is no native application for Linux.

Pros :

  • 7 GB Free Storage
  • Online File Editing for Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote files.
  • Chat with Facebook friends from Skydrive page
  • Metro Style User Interface. Neat & Clean
  • Apps fro Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, iOS and Android

Cons :

  • No native app for Linux.
Know any other awesome file backup sites ? Feel free to comment on the listed services or to provide your own suggestions ..

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