Sunday, April 20, 2008

More Online Storage services explored

While watching the day-long John Adams marathon on HBO (an incredible series!), I used the time to explore more of the online storage services that I started exploring last month (and that attracted many comments). Here are the services that I explored today:
  • ElephantDrive - 1 GB free space, Email: YES - URI: NO
  • DropBoks - 1 GB free space, Email: NO - URI: NO
  • 4shared.com - 5 GB free space, Email: YES - URI: YES (very nice interface, but free account expires with 30 days of non-use)
  • bluestring.com from AOL (more of a digital storytelling service, saving specific file types -- audio, video, images -- but not PDFs)
  • openomy - 1 GB free space, Email: NO - URI: YES
  • allmydata.com - 1 GB free space, Email: YES - URI: YES (one of my favorites, so far)
  • hp upline - unable to set up account
  • mozy home free - 2 GB free space, Email: NO - URI: NO (not a file sharing service, only a back-up/file syncronization service; requires client software download)
  • getdropbox - 2 GB free space, Email: YES - URI: YES (still in beta, not giving out passwords or downloading software, yet) - The video demo on their website looks impressive.
  • scribd - unlimited free space, Email: YES - URI: YES (this site calls itself the YouTube for Office/PDF files, but only stores these specific types of documents, not audio or video files)
  • idrive - 2 GB free space, Email: ? - URI: ? (Windows only client software download required)
  • divshare.com - 5 GB free space, Email: YES - URI: YES (another of my favorites)
I think I have found a couple of sites that meet my requirements: I've used Microsoft's SkyDrive in the last couple of weeks to transfer files between platforms, but I am most impressed with the capabilities of allmydata.com and divshare.com. The mediamax service is in the middle of migrating to a new name, thelinkup.com, and I received an email that told me they were not migrating files uploaded to its free accounts.

4 comments:

Amharican said...

Any favorite out of the top 25 listed at:

http://www.BackupReview.info ?

Outsideshot said...

Hi Helen,

The ElephantDrive team says URIs are coming (though only for unencrypted objects, as the encrypted ones won't be able to be displayed).

Thanks for aggregating this list.

Helen Barrett said...

I am not looking for a standard online backup system. I want space to store artifacts for online portfolios which are part of a model of "lifetime personal web space" which means not only storing files, but also being able to link to them.

Printnet said...

A great resource you've provided. As well as using GoogleApps, when it comes to storage I do like scribd which I discovered when using my www.box.net account.

The neat trick with box is that I can place links to one or items in my library from within my MS live writer software when I update mine or anothers Wordpress blogs.
I use the box.net live writer plugin from
http://jeremynorman.blogspot.com/

It just much easier and quicker than using the wordpress (or any blog) backend tools.

Thankyou for this list and all the other wonderful research papers.

Kevin Trye
www.ezimarketing.net