How many times have you wanted to send a large document or photo to a client, colleague or friend, only to be stopped by your email size limit or theirs? Or how many times have you lost or broken or crashed your computer and lost all of the files? Well, there are several free services that allow you to transfer files or store your information online without running into the same problems. Here are 5 services you can try:
- Google docs – 25 GB free (combined between docs and gmail). I’ve been using Google Docs for years. This is so cool because not only can you store things, but you can collaborate with other users on documents online without needing software.
- Amazon Cloud Drive – 5 GB free. Music storage available. This is the first big push toward taking cloud storage to the next level. Some mobile devices allow you to use your data service to play music right off of the Cloud Drive, too.
- Apple iCloud – 5 GB free. This is for Apple users. It is really new, but look for Apple to change how most users use their mobile devices. This will probably improve on what Amazon is doing with the Cloud Drive.
- Dropbox.com – 2 GB free. This is a neat service that creates a folder on your computer in which you can store files. That folder syncs with their cloud storage. Within that folder, you can create others and share them with individuals. If you invite others and they join, Dropbox will increase your storage limit.
- YouSendIt.com – 2 GB of storage or 50 MB file transfers free. This service allows you to send large files via a platform called file transfer protocol (FTP). It actually uses the same system that people use to host/upload website files to hosting companies. Your recipient gets an email with a link to download the files.
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