How to: store big files free
KEEPING copies of high-resolution photos, videos, software or large documents can be troublesome. But an increasing number of cloud services are available to solve this problem — and they also let you share and view your files from multiple devices. Below are three examples.
Perhaps the best-known cloud storage service, Dropbox offers a range of ways to upload data. The first 2GB storage is free. Users can access Dropbox over the web, or by installing a program for Windows, Mac or Linux. Dropbox apps are also available for Apple, Google Android, Windows and Blackberry phones. Users can store files in folders and share them by emailing a web link to the recipient. Extra storage costs $99 a year for 50GB, though HTC recently unveiled a deal that sees One X users get 25GB free.
Part of the Windows Live suite of services, Skydrive gives users 25GB storage free of charge. Users need a Windows Live ID to access the service and files can be uploaded from a web browser or an Apple or Windows Phone app. Microsoft recently announced it would bring a dedicated Skydrive app to its new Windows 8 operating system. Unfortunately, users cannot buy extra storage and accounts can be deactivated if not used for 90 days.
This sweetly named cloud service gives you 5GB storage for free to share files between computers, tablets and phones. Sugarsync can be accessed on PCS and Macs, and offers apps for Apple, Android, Windows, Blackberry and Symbian devices. Users can tell the service what files they want synchronised across all devices and it will happen automatically when connected to the internet. Users can buy extra storage, with 30GB costing $49.99 a year.