If you are the kind of person that carries a lot of flash drives in your wallet, backpack or laptop bag and have a Smartphone, then you are probably loosing data from time to time, when a flash drive fails or gets corrupted with a file. If you have a Smartphone with plenty of space, you probably do not need that extra baggage. Today I’m going to show you how to start your cloud storage with free 22Gb of storage space.
Now, let’s continue with Google Drive, as with Microsoft, Google offers 15Gb of free cloud storage, if you have an account with Google Gmail, you have 15 Gigs now in your behalf.
If you don’t have an account follow these instructions. Go to http://gmail.com and open a new account:
Google® Sign In page
Similar to Microsoft® you need to fill out the sign up form:
Google® Sign In Form
Once signed up, you will be taken through the process of preparing your profile with Google+, the Facebook version of Google, you can do this later if you want, but I recommend to do it at once:
Gmail® welcome page
When finished in the top toolbar you will see a link called Drive, that’s you new 15Gb Google Drive, if you sign up also for Picasa, then you will add 1Gb of extra space for images only. That’s makes 16Gb for free:
New Google Drive page
You can download the App to keep files synchronized with all the devices that has the App (available for PC, iOS and Android). To see your new storage availability go to the very bottom of the page, left side and hover over the link that says Upgrade Storage:
Google Drive now offer 15Gb of Cloud Storage for Free.
This is as easy as opening an e-mail account. If you have a Microsoft account then you have started. For example, if you have a Hotmail, Live, MSN or now Outlook account, Microsoft granted with 5 Gb of free cloud storage.
If you don’t have an account it is easy to open. Go to http://outlook.com and create a new account:
Microsoft Outlook.com sign in page.
As you can see almost at the bottom right corner of the screen you will see the Sign up now link. Click on that, this will guide you to the sign up form:
Microsoft® Outlook.com sign up form
Fill in your information and submit the form at the bottom of the screen (not shown in the illustration). Then you will see a screen welcoming you to your new Outlook.com inbox.
Outlook.com Welcome Page
Now, if you have a Microsoft Account then you would only need to follow the instructions from this point forward. At the top of the screen you will see the Outlook.com logo with a arrow pointing down:
This will show a drop down menu that will scroll from the top showing all the services available with your E-mail account like Calendar, Contacts and of course your new OneDrive Storage, click on the OneDrive icon:
This is your new storage, at the bottom left corner you will find the Storage capabilities that your new storage has, as it is shown in the illustration below:
OneDrive Free Storage Capability
To have access to your files and keep it synchronized with any device you need to install the App available for Windows PC, Android, iOS and Mac.
DropBox® Available for PC, Linux, Mac and Mobile
Dropbox® is a nice cloud storage web app, and it offers up to 2Gb of cloud space for free, plus if you refer friends or colleagues and they install the App for their devices (PC, Debian, iOS and Mac) you get and extra 500Mb storage space per each. This is more tricky so it’s hard to create multiple accounts with it, obviously it is a commercial storage.
For every friend who joins and installs Dropbox on their computer, we’ll give you both 500 MB of bonus space (up to a limit of 16 GB)! ~ DropBox
For extra caution I recommend to use the Two-Step Authentication, once you create your free account then go to Settings > Security and enable Two-Step Authentication Option, this is if you are planning to have personal stuff in your storage.
DropBox® Security Settings
DropBox® also allows you to see in the control panel any device that’s connected to your account, giving your more control over your stuff, if you see something you’re not sure about, just disconnect it.
Devices Connected – Dropbox®. You can even see the web browsers that are connected too!
Last but not least, a great Ubuntu application…
UbuntuOne by Ubuntu (5Gb) – Discontinued – NO LONGER IN SERVICE
Ubuntu, for my taste, is the best Open Source Linux Based Operating System, and it comes with a lot of tools that makes your desktop experience a real joy. One of the many features that this OS has is a free UbuntuOne Account with a 5Gb free capability. The procedure is very similar to DropBox®, for every friend you refer you can get 500Mb of extra storage for free. And you can download an App for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, and of course for Debian, Linux systems.
UbuntuOne® Control Panel
There many options for free storage, but these are the ones Designer’s Gate team has been using for years, and they keep getting better and better. All of them have commercial options that meet all of your business needs, so give them a try and enjoy your (29Gb) of free storage with tools to synch in Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS and mobiles.
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