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    I am looking for the best online cloud storage for photos and videos. I know that every service has a certain amount of data and free validity, but I don't know which service provides how much data and validity. If possible I am looking for a service which would provide free service for at least 5-6 years. Forum members who know about these services please provide detailed information. If you think that there is some other better option than cloud storage then please advise that too. External hard drive is an option but not in my budget.

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    Google drive, Dropbox, Onedrive all of them have some amount of free data storage for every user. If your total data is less then all three put together then get all of them and use them for free. It would be more convenient to use just one service though.

    There are plenty of cloud storage options and most of them have free plans to get you started. If you like them and want to increase your space then just start paying.

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    Among the paid options BackBlaze offers unlimited storage at $5/month.
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    you can store unlimited number photos (uoto size 2048x2048) in Google photos. only larger photos counted against storage limit.
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    I didn't think of Google, thanks panchabhut. So to store photos in Google I would only need a gmail account, s that correct?

    How much data is available in Google?

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    yes you only need a single google id. and if you nare using android, you can directly upload photos. the total free data limit of google service (mail+drive+photo) is 15 GB. but smaller photos are not counted in that limit.
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    As a matter of fact I was just playing around with Google+ after reading exactly that on their website that it wont be counted towards usage. My photos and videos total about 32GB but every single photo has a higher resolution then that and is counted towards usage. I currently use Dropbox as I have 50GB space free for two years but that is coming to an end this month.

    I looked at Backblaze and crashplan and both look decent but then I cant decide between Google drive and others because Google drive is only $1.99 per month for 100GB and I dont even need 50GB. It is such a small amount but I dont know why I am not happy spending even $2 for this and I have no clue why I am being so stingy

    Any free solutions ?

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    Ok looks like I am not running out of luck just yet

    Check this out : https://hubic.com/en/offers/

    25GB free of charge and if you want 100GB then its only 1Euro per month. The main point to note is that it is an OVH company and they are no fly by night operators. The data we store is saved up at three different datacentres.

    Not bad for the price and that 25GB for free? Cant get any better.

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    Google is best considering their reliability. However, it is not a good option if you have sensitive data that you would not want to share with NSA.

    Anyways, there is a popular saying that even if your hard drive has crashed, you could ask NSA for a backup.
    You wouldn't need a backup service actually

    NSAcloud offers unlimited free storage for lifetime. -> It's a joke actually.
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    Ha ha ha

    I am sure they have backup of everything but getting a copy may not be possible.
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    I do not know much about online storage options, but I would like recommend to you that always choose a reputed company, as you don't know how long the company will stay or how long they will provide their services. Most free storage options are for a limited amount of data and to increase the space you need make a monthly or yearly fee, so that is also something you need to look into.

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    There was this reseller of a UK storage company and all their customers lost all their data. They sold life time plans for one time payment. I would say stay away from anything that is life time.

    Google
    Microsoft (OneDrive)
    Dropbox
    Hubic (OVH company where wikileaks is hosted, one of the largest hosting companies in the world. It is French)


    Any other good names please add

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    In India government websites get defaced by Pakistanis on a regular basis and they cannot stop that using all their might in IT. I dont think our government has anything more then their own websites backup

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    Idrive is doing a 99 cent deal for the first year for 300GB backup. If anyone wants to avail it they can sign up at idrive.com/idrive/signupdeals

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    I have not heard of Backblaze, is it supposed to be good?

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    I dont know how good it is but I store my photos on a USB drive, I have two 32GB pen drives on which I have stored videos, photos and a few important files.

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    Flash drives are not a very good choice when it comes to storing your data. It is just charge and it tends to leak over time. It wont be long before you loose your data. If you do not want to go for cloud backup then atleast store your data on 3 different mediums and transfer them around once in a while to see your data isisnt corrupt.

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    Not just flash drives but also storing photos on CD's is not a good idea, cloud storage is the best option. To be honest and frank the number of photos is going to increase and the free period will also come to an end, and eventually you will have to pay for the storage, so why not go for a company which is provide cloud storage in your budget or he cheapest maybe and also where you wont have a problem for space. From the replies it does seem like Google is the best option to go for.

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    It is best to keep your data at more then one place if it is important to for you. Cloud storage without a local copy is no use. You never know when the cloud is going to burst. These things happen and having a plan B is important.

    I keep my data at three different places.

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    Dropbox is a good option, its reliable and popular.

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    Can someone please tell me what happens after the free usage of Drop box is finished. Do we still get access to the files that we have in the folder.

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    You would still be able to download your data but you cannot upload anything once your free usage time has elapsed.

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    The first photo-storage service I tested was Dropbox. The company offers storage plans that range from free for two gigabytes of storage, to $10 per month for up to 1 terabyte. Though free users can earn extra storage by completing random tasks, such as connecting a Facebook account or enabling Camera Upload features on his or her mobile devices. Currently, I have 80.8 gigabytes of free storage thanks to such promotions and offers
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    I use Dropbox. And I am very satisfied with them. It is fast, secure. I don't like G Drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hurtadoluisalex View Post
    The first photo-storage service I tested was Dropbox. The company offers storage plans that range from free for two gigabytes of storage, to $10 per month for up to 1 terabyte. Though free users can earn extra storage by completing random tasks, such as connecting a Facebook account or enabling Camera Upload features on his or her mobile devices. Currently, I have 80.8 gigabytes of free storage thanks to such promotions and offers
    That is really great and thanks for the update. I was not aware that we can increase the storage space in Dropbox by completing tasks. I think it is a good feature that can attract more and more members to it. In fact I was looking for online storage and I think Dropbox is an excellent choice. It is be more reliable as it is backed by Google.

    But it is always better to stay away from storing sensitive details over net. But it is a good option to store your general photos. Does Dropbox give any option to store videos too? But I think storing videos need huge space on net.

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