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Looking for some expert advice.

If I'm looking for a free way of storing some files (less than 200mb) online somewhere, what would you suggest as the best solution.

I remember when GMAIL was first launched someone made an application that integrated with the windows file explorer so you could save to a GMAIL Drive.
It was a great idea, but google soon shut it down. (i think?)

Is there a way of emailing to a file storage?  Send an email to gmail and it strips off the attachment and stores?


Alternatively some cloud service like FTP or something that integrates with windows explorer so I have a "M Drive"  - and its actually a cloud drive....

Also, it has to be free or very very cheap.

Thanks!
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vmagan earned 1000 total points
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Mozy, dropbox, and sugar sync are good ones. They free space up to a certain limit. With 200mb you should be golden.

here is a list with the top 10.  Most are free for at least up to 1gb.

http://www.top10cloudstorage.com/online-backup/
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What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

 

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by:Mchallinor
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Good suggestions to get started.   I did some of my own research too.
Wow - I never knew Microsoft offered SkyDrive for free!?
skydrive.live.com
25GB for free.  

That actually solves on of my questions.  A small business with no file server can operate with Skydrive - don't even need to buy a license of MSOffice????

But what if I have an IP Camera and I want to store the images captured to a cloud drive. What service will allow me an http connection to save from an IP camera?
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by:vmagan
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Mozy, dropbox, and sugar sync allow you to do it.

Sdydrive is good but others allow up to 5gb of free space like Ianth stated with Idrive and I know sugar sync also allows up to 5gb for free.
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by:jerseysam
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See:

https://sensr.net/faq

It may work for your setup
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by:Mchallinor
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Awesome!  Thanks Jerseysam.
I'm gonna check it out.   Perfect for putting a wireless camera in my car park and saving the images.
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Ok cool.

Good luck
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by:shahzoor
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as vmagan said

the best for that is sugarsync
https://www.sugarsync.com/sync_comparison.html

It provides 5GB for free
you can access it from different platforms
even you can map the drive as a local drive on your computer
you would love it :)
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by:nowthenee
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Spider Oak looks good, especially if you want access from anywhere through a browser - the security looks good.
https://spideroak.com/
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by:vmagan
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Let us know what you went/going with. The link I provided should be a good start for you. Good luck.
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by:IanTh
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windows skydrive only work with a m$ live account
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by:Mchallinor
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For Operating a Small Business, SkyDrive or GoogleDocs
For General Cloud Storage of Files : SugarSync, Dropbox
For IP Camera Cloud Image Storage sensr.net
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