Sunday, March 30, 2008

 

Online File Storage Research

I'm beginning a review of online file storage, building on my prior blog entry. I'm looking for online space to store artifacts for an electronic portfolio, not a standard file backup service. I found the following resources that either listed or reviewed the different services:Based on this work and a chart that I downloaded, from an article called The Online Storage Gang, I am exploring the following services. I pulled together a couple of PDF files and one MP3 file to upload as a test of the system. Here are my requirements: free storage of at least 1 GB of any type of data (including audio files) and able to share files in two ways (email with link to a file and permanent URI that can be added as a link to a web page).

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I kindly invite you to "test drive" NomaDesk at www.nomadesk.com. It's the first Virtual File Network (VFN) for mobile professionals.
 
Online backup is becoming common these days. It is estimated that 70-75% of all PC's will be connected to online backup services with in the next decade.

Thousands of online backup companies exist, from one guy operating in his apartment to fortune 500 companies.

Choosing the best online backup company will be very confusing and difficult. One website I find very helpful in making a decision to pick an online backup company is:

http://www.BackupReview.info

Have a look here, too:
http://www.backupreview.info/index.php?pid=read_article&article_id=9

This site lists more than 400 online backup companies in its directory and ranks the top 25 on a monthly basis.
 
I am not looking for a standard online backup system. I want space to store artifacts for online portfolios which are part of a model of "lifetime personal web space" (see my prior blog entries under the label "archive").
 
Interesting. Two more suggestions for you are DropBox and Drop.Io. I hear they are both decent. I use ElephantDrive, but it is more of a secure information center as opposed to a publishing engine (they tell me it is coming soon, though).

Also, BeInSync might work - I just heard about them for the first time today here: http://cloudstorage.wordpress.com/.

Good luck - please keep us posted on any new findings...
 
Hello Helen,

check www.rapidshare.com. You can upload up to 100 MB files.

Georgi
 
rapidshare.com only holds a file for 90 days of inactivity. That does not qualify for my criteria of "lifetime personal web space" that I am researching.
 
I've had my students use Box for their 5 to 8 minute MP3s and then link to the files in a blog post, so I and the rest of the class could access them. Worked very well.
 
I am very interested in reading your work. As a teacher and midwife I have to have a portfolio for both my educator and midwifery roles. I am slowly developing my own eportfolio and hope to model it to both students and midwifery colleagues. best wishes Sarah
 
Helen, many providers only allow for thirty days so rapidshare 90 day is actually ahead of the possy.
Like you, I see this as a crucial variable and therefore I went with http://www.backupanytime.com who allow configurable and unlimited retention. This is not a free service but it works. Another important issue to watch out for with cheap services is the Hotel California of data backup which means you can upload all you want for free but you must pay to retrieve any usable amount of data due to the anomaly between up and down allowance per month. Again, backupanytime.com dont paly any games here and allow unlimited restore.

Mike Sullivan
 
I have been very happy with DivShare. You can upload up to 200mb at a time with 5gb total storage with the free version. You can email links and such. I have found it to be superior to all the services I have used so far.
Cheers,
Dave
 
Check out ElephantDrive. They have 1G for free and have a great set of features.
 
You can also try www.wwd.net for a free trial. They have a web interface plus a utility that allows you to use any type of FTP software to backup and transfer files.
 
I am currently using 4 shared free file sharing, the specs are pretty good from what I have researched so far. I get 5GB free and can upload multiple files, I do this to get PSD files to designers I work with as a photographer, however, honestly I have had some problems getting the files to upload without errors and headaches. The loading is slower than I would like, ok for single JPEGS but extremely slow for larger files. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a safe, file share and storage site that will allow decent space and faster loading. For free too! I am new to this and maybe starting my own FTP server to combat long term.

Thanks
 
You can also try http://www.MyOtherDrive.com. They offer free file storage and file sharing. They have unattended backup and support AES 128-bit encryption.

They have private file sharing which allows you to control who can view the links you send. Very cool.
 
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