The Top Five Most Generous Free Online Storage Hosts

obrBy Denise Sullivan29 Sep'15 2015-08-31T04:32:18+00:00Google+

Cloud storage services are popping up everywhere. With the ease of use, it is not unheard of for users to have several different accounts so that they can save everything without paying a dime.

In order to help you find the best provider without spending a fortune, we have compiled a list of the five most generous free online storage services.

ADrive

ADrive no longer offers 50GB of free storage. Read here for more details

ADrive is one of the more generous storage options on the internet. This service isn’t as well-known as their competitors; however, they do give users 50GB of space to save documents. During the initial 60-day period, consumers are treated to premium features, which include:

  • WebDAV
  • FTP transferring
  • Desktop application

Those who aren’t interested in paying a monthly fee still get plenty of useful features. These include instant access from anywhere, no need to be at your main computer to view a file. Users can also share files with other users, they do not have to be ADrive customers in order to receive the information.

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Sadly, there is no online collaboration feature with the basic service, it’s only available for those who have a paid plan.

PlanPrice PlanStorageDetails
FreeFree50 GB

Not encrypted. Not recommended for important files.

Personal Premium
$ 2.50 Monthly
$ 30.00 1 Year
$ 24.00 (-20%)
$ 60.00 2 Years
$ 45.00 (-25%)
$ 90.00 3 Years
$ 60.00 (-33%)
100 GB
Personal Premium 1TB
$ 25 Monthly
$ 300.00 1 Year
$ 250.00 (-17%)
$ 600.00 2 Years
$ 225.00 (-63%)
$ 900.00 3 Years
$ 300.00 (-67%)
1000 GB

More plans available.

The free plan does allow users to edit their documents online. Basic plan holders also have access to remote file transfer and an online search tool.

Mega

Mega is probably the best known service with free storage. Like competitor ADrive, users get 50GB of free storage. Customers also get anywhere access as long as they have their security password.

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The biggest draw for Mega is the fact that they offer zero-knowledge security. For customers, this means that the service does not store log in information. Passwords are not retained on the company server and additional security passcodes are generated through the use of key and mouse strokes at random.

These additional codes are not stored either. All files are encrypted during transmission and once saved on the company computers. Of course, this does have some downsides for consumers.

If they lose the log in information, it is unrecoverable. Customers will not be able to access their files and these could be lost.

PlanPrice PlanStorageDetails
Lite
$ 4.99 Monthly
$ 59.88 1 Year
$ 49.99 (-17%)
200 GB

1TB Bandwidth.

Pro I
$ 9.99 Monthly
$ 119.88 1 Year
$ 99.99 (-17%)
500 GB

2TB Bandwidth.

Pro II
$ 19.99 Monthly
$ 239.88 1 Year
$ 199.99 (-17%)
2000 GB

4TB Bandwidth.

PRO III
$ 29.99 Monthly
$ 359.88 1 Year
$ 299.99 (-17%)
4000 GB

8TB Bandwidth.

FreeFree50 GB

Despite having zero-knowledge of passwords or content, customers can still share their files with outside users. The recipient is sent an encoded link that will allow them to access the files.

pCloud

pCloud users can get 10GB of storage free of charge. This service also allows customers to earn additional storage space. Users can refer friends and family to receive more space. They can also perform security steps and follow tutorials to gain more room. Additional space can give them up to 20GB of room.

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pCloud has many features that are considered important to most users. The most important being the ability to not only share files with outside users, but also to restrict those files.

PlanPrice PlanStorageDetails
FreeFree20 GB
Premium
$ 3.99 Monthly
500 GB

pCloud crypto costs and additional 3,99$ per month if you need client-side encryption.

Premium Plus
$ 7.99 Monthly
2000 GB

pCloud crypto costs and additional 3,99$ per month if you need client-side encryption.

The basic service includes collaboration capability with permissions to restrict editing and access by those who are receiving the information.

Additional features include:

  • Sync files between devices, never miss an update just because you’re away from your PC
  • Desktop App
  • Mobile App
  • Web browser access
  • SSL Security
  • Large File Sharing

OneDrive

Microsoft’s OneDrive offers 15GB storage free to personal users. Like pCloud, consumers can get additional storage if they complete a few simple steps. Those with mobile devices can earn an additional 15GB of storage by turning on camera roll uploads.

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Users can also earn an additional 500MB for each friend or family member that they refer. This is good for up to 10 new accounts created for a total of 5GB. Consequently, clients can have a total of 35GB if all the steps are completed.

OneDrive allows users to set permissions on files they share with outside users. They can allow the recipients to edit the files that are shared or simply allow them to view the items within their browser.

PlanPrice PlanStorageDetails
FreeFree5 GB
100GB
$ 1.99 Monthly
100 GB

Will be replaced with 50GB free plan in 2016--costing $1.99

200GB
$ 3.99 Monthly
200 GB

Will soon also be replaced by the 50GB plan

1TB
$ 6.99 Monthly
1000 GB

Comes with Office 365

OneDrive has features that will impress some users:

  • Anywhere Access
  • Web browser support
  • Desktop applications for Windows 7 and 8 (8.1 and 10 have OneDrive built-in)
  • Mobile applications for Windows Phone, Android, and iOS
  • Edit Files within OneDrive

There are some restrictions. Files cannot be over 10GB in size no matter how the files are uploaded. You also have to install Office apps in order to edit files.

Google Drive

Like OneDrive, Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage. Users who use this cloud storage in order to store photos will notice that this does not count towards the quota in their account. As long as the files are less than 2048 x 2048, they will not take away from the overall total.

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Despite getting free unlimited storage of photos as long as they are smaller, users will find that their Gmail storage size is directly tied to their Google Drive storage. Any emails saved will count towards the overall storage quota.

PlanPrice PlanStorageDetails
100GB
$ 1.99 Monthly
$23.88 1 Year
100 GB
1TB
$ 9.99 Monthly
$119.88 1 Year
1000 GB
10TB
$ 199.99 Monthly
$2,399.88 1 Year
10000 GB

Of course, users are able to share files with others, they do not have to be a Google users. Customers also have the ability to edit files within their account. Any documents created with Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides do not count towards their storage totals.

Google does restrict file limit sizes to 5GB or less.


There are a couple that deserve a mention when talking about generous free online storage. Amazon Prime users get unlimited free storage of photos, with 5GB of room for other files.

In addition, Hive.im offers unlimited free storage. However, this service has several restrictions including advertisements and limitations on who users can share files.

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