Entries in Cloud Storage (3)


Many Play Russian Roulette with Critical Files

John Howard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you’re like most people, you’ve got critical files on your PC at work and home or on your smartphone.

And while most people back up their files, many don’t, according to a survey conducted by hard drive manufacturer Seagate and Harris Interactive.

When 2,205 people were asked whether their digital content was valuable, 90 percent of respondents agreed. However, 19 percent of men acknowledged that they never back up their files at all and 30 percent of women admitted the same.

As for how often people back up their files, just 10 percent claimed to do it every day and only eight percent utilize cloud backup services such as DropBox and Carbonite. Mostly, people will use external hard drives and USB flash drives to store their stuff for safekeeping.

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Google Drive: Google's Cloud Storage Service Offers 5GB for Free

Google(NEW YORK) -- Google wants you to think of it as your new hard drive. The Internet giant is launching its Google Drive Cloud storage service Tuesday, which will offer any Google user five gigabytes of free online storage -- enough space to store about 1,000 songs or thousands of documents. You will be able to access your files anywhere and store them in the so-called cloud -- Google's vast banks of Internet servers -- for free.

Google has long been rumored to be working on such a service, and Tuesday the company is releasing it to the masses. It will begin rolling out to all on Tuesday afternoon, Google Drive's product manager, Scott Johnston, told ABC News.

"The best way to understand Google Drive is to look at it as an evolution of letting people work successfully in the cloud. We have focused a lot on collaboration with Google Docs and we are doing the same thing now with Google Drive," Johnston said.

Google will offer both Mac and Windows Google Drive programs. Once you have downloaded those, you will be able to drag your files into the Google Drive folders created on your Mac or Windows computer and they will automatically be uploaded to your Google Drive.

You can access your Google Drive on any web browser right through your Google account (the same one you'd use for Gmail, Google+ or Google Docs). There you will have control over who you can share files with.

Google will also offer an Android app starting today, which will let you access your Drive files on a phone and upload files to the Drive. It is working on iPhone and iPad apps, which should be out soon, said Johnston.

If you run out of that space, you can upgrade to 25GB for $2.49 a month, 100GB for $4.99 a month, and 200GB for $9.99 a month. Google will offer plans up to 16 terabytes, which will cost $799.99 a month. It will also offer business plans.

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Google Drive Cloud Storage Service to Launch Next Week?

JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Google has long been rumored to be readying a Cloud storage service, which would allow users to store their personal files, photos and music on its servers for access over the web.  Now, online reports say the Internet search giant will be launching the service next week under the name Google Drive.

The service will offer 5GB of free space with more available for a price, The Next Web, reports.  The same site reports that the service will be available at, a URL that currently takes you to an error page.

With that, Google might already have a leg up on Dropbox, the most popular consumer cloud and back-up solution with over 25 million users.  Dropbox only offers 2GB of free storage.  It charges $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year for 50GB of storage.  There are no details on what Google will charge for extra storage.

TechCrunch reports that Google is even poised to take on Dropbox on the feature end.  Not only will you be able to access and upload files on the web, Google reportedly would launch companion Mac, Windows and mobile apps.  Those apps would allow you to easily drag and drop files into your storage and make it look as if they were simply on your computer’s file system.

Of course, this is all speculation until Google announces the product.  According to The Next Web, Google will announce the new service in the middle of next week.

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