Top 10 Best Free Online Cloud Storage Providers for Personal Files

by Ramesh Natarajan on March 26, 2014

If you need to store your pictures, or videos, or documents on the cloud, there are lot of options.

Pretty much all the cloud providers offer a free plan that gives decent amount of space, and if you need more you can upgrade to their paid plan.

But, depending on your need, for most typical use, you might be happy if you just stick with the free plan.

We’ve provided 10 online cloud storage providers who provide free space. Just play around with them, and pick the one that meets your requirement.

1. Dropbox

If you just want to pick only one from this list for storing your files in the cloud, this should be it. Very robust, easy to user interface, and no-ads on their free plan. This works pretty much on all platforms. You cannot use dropbox to create a new document, and edit it from a Web UI like google drive.

2. Google Drive

If you are using gmail, you should definitely start using google drive. Apart from just uploading documents from your local drive to the google drive, you can also edit document, create document directly from a web UI. One of the great things is that it has a very robust document sharing feature.

3. Box

This has a feature called box notes, which allows you to create document, and share it with others in real time.

4. OneDrive

OneDrive is from microsoft. As you can imagine, if you are already using Windows OS, this is a pretty good choice. This also works on Xbox.

5. ADrive

While they offer 50GB of free space, it has some limitations. The free plan is ad-supported on Android and iOS app. In this free plan you can access it only from Web UI (other protocols are not supported).

6. Ubuntu One

If you are using Ubuntu, this might be appealing to you. This also has app for all other major platforms. They also provide 6 months of music streaming for free.

7. Bitcasa

In this platform, right before the upload, the files are encrypted, and then uploaded to their server. They also offer all the typical cloud storage functionality that you can expect.

8. iCloud

If you are a Mac user, probably you are already using iCloud. If not, you can use use it and take advantage of the free space.

9. MediaFire

If you’ve come all the way until #9, probably you are already using few of the above storage providers, and you need more free space.

10. IDrive

Same as above, if you’ve come all the way until #10, probably you are already using few of the above storage providers, and you need more free space.


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 carlos March 27, 2014 at 6:30 am

Great compilation.

However, I believe you are missing an important player: MEGA (https://mega.co.nz/)

2 Javier Garcia March 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

i think that OneDrive Should be in 2nd place just because everybody uses Office
Google drive with the Gdocs are not compatible with Microsoft office. OneDrive gives you access to Office web apps for editing, and creating new documents in Office format, and you can share it most easily because everybody uses Microsoft Office.

Great List

3 Jason Sizemore March 27, 2014 at 8:46 am

There is also SpiderOak https://spideroak.com/

They have ‘Zero-Knowledge’ It also has encrypted storage

4 Tanmay March 27, 2014 at 9:07 am

Try copy.com it provides 15gb straight.. And 5gb on referral. Here is my link if anyone wants to use and get extra 5gb of storage..https://copy.com

5 Lev Lafayette March 27, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Or, you could set up a private FTP server. :p

6 Viktor Vad March 28, 2014 at 1:00 am

Opendrive http://www.opendrive.com/ has their own storage infrastructure and their very strength above all is their cheapness. I have s single unlimited plan and just to tell you how unlimited it is, I already have 6 TB uploaded and they say I have a 1 PB of space. So when they say unlimited, it is. Having 1kb to ~12GB of filesize. For only ~$10/month. There are more features attached, many ways to reach the storage but you should see their blog too.

7 Leo March 28, 2014 at 3:56 am

http://www.yunio.com
100GB

You have just to agree the contract … in chinese :^)

8 kainr2 March 30, 2014 at 9:43 pm

There is also hubic for 25GB

9 Shantanu Oak March 31, 2014 at 1:19 am

Amazon S3 may not qualify as file storage and it is not free. But it is extremely cheap (close to free) with an option called glacier. It provides nice features like version.

10 Ezequiel March 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm

There also exists Copy. Pretty much like Dropbox and supports Linux also.

11 Javier March 31, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Hi! You are missing Mega, and maybe some others like it.

12 Stepan Ardalin April 1, 2014 at 12:49 am

Thumbs up for SpiderOak: https://spideroak.com/

13 John R April 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Great list you compiled!!

I did just read this morning that Canonical is closing down Ubuntu One, effective today… (here)

14 Hank April 15, 2014 at 3:06 am

Ubuntu One is going to stop service.

15 Srinivas April 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Nice collection

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