How to: store big files free

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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.

DROP­BOX

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.

MI­CROSOFT SKYDRIVE

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.

SU­GARSYNC

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.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

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