You can actually build your own supercloud with more than 100GB of free storage.
Most services offer free accounts for cloud storage. With some patience, you can build your own supercloud, and with help from your friends.
To Get StartedSetting up your own personal supercloud is a tedious task, the first step is to take all of the services dedicated to areas in the Favorites column of Windows Explorer.
Amazon Cloud Drive: 5GB
Box: 5GB (but read “Beyond referrals” below before installing Box, as you may want to postpone installing this one)
Google Drive: 5GB
MiMedia (m)Drive: 7GB
SkyDrive: 7GB (longtime SkyDrive users may be eligible for 25GB free)
Storage subtotal to this point: 33GB
Install SugarSync, they will offer you 5GB free to start. Then install two cloud services that use a desktop app to sync and store files instead of creating a folder in Windows.
Ubuntu One: 5GB
Storage subtotal to this point: 53GB
Refer your friends to get more storageMany cloud services offer extra storage in 500MB increments for every friend that you refer to them. Dropbox lets you add up to 16GB via referals, while Ubuntu One gives 20GB of extra space, and SugarSync allows up to 32GB of storage in half-gig increments.
MiMedia and SpiderOak offers an additional 1GB in storage, maxing out at 10GB and 32GB.
More than a referralAnother way to increase the amount of free Dropbox storage is to install the Dropbox app. This authorized automatic photo uploads from your device, freeing 500MB to your account.
Dropbox also gives you 250MB of free space for completing its Getting Started tutorial.
SugarSync gives user a couple ways to obtain extra free storage in 125MB chunks:
- Install the mobile app for Android, BlackBerry, or iOS
- Share a file or folder with a public or private link
- Upload a file to your account via email
By connecting your Facebook and Twitter accounts to MediaFire, you receive another 1GB for each.
Box offers 50GB free storage to new users, then by allowing Facebook to follow, you get another 50GB.
Microsoft offers 20GB of SkyDrive storage to their Office 365 Home Premium subscribers.
By referring Box, Google, and Microsoft to your social media accounts, you can get another 126GB of free cloud storage.
Sharing and SyncingOnce you’ve loaded up on all that storage, Dropbox should be able to help you with file syncing. SugarSync also lets you choose specific folders to sync to.
Sensitive folders should be managed with SpiderOak and other less sensitive material can be send to Mega.
Online collaboration, streaming media, and choosing the right application to backup to will help you make the most of your space and easily manage your cloud services.
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Supersize your free cloud storage to 100GB or more – PCWorld