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List of Free Online Storage Sites

J. Dempsey (Creative Guy) created a list of free online storage sites that takes a good look at a variety of online file storage sites.

Online file storage is a great way to backup your computer and web pages, as well as your images. Some sites specialize in storing photographs and images, mostly for public viewing, but still serving a similar purpose.

Having spent too much time with computer crashes, it is critical to find more than one method of storing your backup files. Many just put their backups on CDs or DVDs and call it safe. Try more than one version of storage media. We use flash drives, CDs, DVDs, and removable/portable hard drives, but I’m considering online storage so this is a good reference list.

To use such a service with WordPress, make sure the online storage service’s file size limits exceeds the size of your WordPress backup file (preferably 3 to 5 times as you should store at least 2 backup versions with 3 being the magic number). Then back up WordPress, including the database, core files, Plugins, and Themes to your hard drive. Then upload it to the online storage service of your choice.

Ah, safe and protected. You hope. ;-)

In a week or next month, depending upon how actively you post, do this again, calling this backup by date or number 2. In another week or so, do it again, calling this backup number 3. In another week or so, do it again, but this time, call it backup number 1, replacing the first backup, or give it the new date and delete number one to save space.

This way, if something happens with backups 1 or 2, you have three to fall back on, losing only a little of your posts and not all of them. But save the backup files to another media type, just to add more protection to your valuable blog.


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7 Comments

  1. Jason
    Posted February 16, 2006 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    Try IBackup, they have a feature called snapshots which comes free. With snapshots, you can restore up to previous 10 days of backup without having to pay for extra space. Other services have the concept of versions, every new version adds to the online storage space.

    Please have a look at http://www.ibackup.com/snapshots_info.htm to know more about this.

  2. Posted September 6, 2006 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Storage space is not enough – even if it is free. You should use an automatic online backup tool like Data Deposit Box… It’s not terribly expensive and you can back up as many PCs or servers as you like. Once you set it up, there is nothing to do. What good is online storage if you didn’t copy your file there just before your computer crashed?

  3. Matt Clark
    Posted September 7, 2006 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Have you tried http://www.Backup2Net.com software. They support both local backups and online backups. What I do is to backup my important files an additional drive everyday. And backup to their backup server once every week, for redundancy. It has a decent scheduler. the software will automatically do the backup during late nights for me. So far its working out great for me.

    Good luck,
    Matt

  4. Adam
    Posted September 11, 2006 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle, Try IBackup for Windows that allows you to perform safe and quick backups and restores of files and folders.

    IBackup’s services include applications for interactive and automatic scheduling of backups with compression and encryption during transmission, incremental/full backups, synchronization, advanced logging and reporting. IBackup also allows backups of open files like Outlook and Quicken files. It also provides an easy, secure, fast and a reliable way to backup or restore MS Exchange Server databases to your IBackup account, backup or restore Microsoft SQL Server databases running on your computer to your IBackup account.

  5. Posted January 2, 2007 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    Checkout http://www.myotherdrive.com . This site gives you 5GB of free online storage. It handles photos with an extra nice touch – it shows thumb previews, let’s you rotate them. Supports batch upload and download. New feature coming soon – “synchronize” which will automatically make a local directory and an online directory match by doing the necessary uploads/downloads.

    This site lets you share your files to groups you set up, and selectively give access to.

  6. Mohammad Haris
    Posted February 3, 2007 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Omnidrive, 30gigs, Gmail Drive Shell Exenshion, eSnip, tons more all of these offer free online storage…there r tons more…

  7. Posted December 4, 2008 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    approver.com

    It equally good and above all, its free… Enjoy!

    Freddie


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