277 GB: as I discovered last week, that’s how much free cloud storage you can get from some of the major cloud storage service providers. And, although, I don’t want to boast, I have even more. Thanks to my grandfathered 25GB storage from Microsoft OneDrive, a second Google account, and a couple of deals from some of the providers in last week’s list, my total free cloud storage amount is well over 300GB.
It sounds a lot, but I have to admit that although I make it my business to collect free cloud storage whenever it’s available, there are only a few services that I use with any regularity. There are a few reasons for that: I haven’t yet settled on the perfect cloud storage aggregator solution, something I plan to address soon.
Maybe I don’t want to install desktop programs for 20 different providers. I’m sure that will slow down my PC and I don’t want to have to remember where I put everything. That’s why I’m only using a few of the online backup and cloud storage services. Here’s my setup – what I think is a winning combo of free and paid services.
Paid Online Backup Services
For me, SugarSync is like one of those friends who always supports you no matter what. I just know it’s there, keeping my stuff backed up in the background. I originally set it up on my PC and tweaked some of the defaults (because that’s the kind of girl I am).
That means I am sure that my client work is always backed up as long as I put it in the right folder. With an Android backup, I always have access to key files. Check out my recent review to see why I love SugarSync. I’m using a special 1oGB storage plan – and I’ve still got plenty of room for more files.
Dropbox is another pillar of my backup strategy. Recently included in my list of Android cloud backup apps, I love it because it’s automatic. I use it in three ways. First, I use it for uploading files from my desktop to share online (such as for my newsletter). Second, I store my library of Kindle books there.
But most importantly, I use it to backup the photos and videos I take on my Android phone (which is increasingly my primary camera). It’s set to upload over WiFi to save on data usage – and it’s fast.
Free Cloud Storage Services
You can’t have a Google account without having Google Drive, but I would probably have used it anyway because of the convenience of: being able to access documents marked for offline use on my phone, sharing documents with clients and editing documents if you don’t have access to your regular word processing, spreadsheet or presentation software.
While I don’t back everything up to Google Drive, the amount of data stored there is growing, though I’m nowhere near using up my 15GB. One thing I do keep backed up (and tagged for offline use on my phone) is a document with the stuff I’m currently working on. That came in pretty handy the last time there was a power cut – I was able to continue working on my phone, which was fully charged.
Occasional Use Cloud Storage Services
Then there’s OneDrive. That’s where I keep my original Kindle book collection – around 1,000 books dating from when I went freebook (is that a word?) happy. OneDrive also has an Android app, but I find it slow compared with Dropbox and keep it in the background in case I need it.
Since I believe firmly in having backups for your backups, I also use Pogoplug and Mediafire as additional backup repositories for media from my phone. When I take more videos, I plan to store those on MEGA.
As for music – I’m not doing much to back it up. That’s because it already exists on two computers and two portable hard drives – I think that’s more than enough, don’t you? In the long run, I plan to get a membership of a cloud music service and then all my music will live there.
So that’s how I’m using the cloud backup services I mentioned. I’m using three services with 125GB of cloud storage regularly and keeping another four in reserve for when I need them.
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What about you? How many cloud storage services are you using and how have you divided up your stuff?