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How can you make sure that your law school notes, resume, etc. are not lost forever should the unexpected happen?  Use Cloud Storage.  It beats lost or broken flashdrives, etc. BTW, cloud storage is excellent even for content you create on your tablet or smart phone. 

This is a selection of the most popular free online file storage services. In most instances, one of these services will be sufficient for you to keep a copy of your most valuable files in a secure location. You may buy additional space on any of these services, usually for a nominal fee.

Legend: A (Android), I (iPhone/iPad), K (Kindle Fire), D (Mac & Windows computers), W (Windows computers), MAC (Mac computers)

  Product Free Space

Maximum File Size
for  Free Version

Operating Systems

Dropbox icon


2 GB 300 MB A, I, K, D

No file size limit for desktop version. 

Pricing starts at $9.99 per month for 1 TB.

Box icon


10 GB

250 MB A, I, K, D

Pricing starts at $10 per month for 100 GB (upload files up to 5GB).

SkyDrive icon

Microsoft OneDrive

15 GB 100 MB    A, I, W Pricing starts at $1.99 per month for 100 GB or 1TB storage plus Office 365 Home  at $9.99/month.

Cloud Drive icon

Amazon Cloud Drive

5 GB (Amazon customers) None    A, K, D   Pricing starts at $10 per year for 20 GB.

GoogleDrive icon

Google Drive

15 GB (for Gmail, Drive storage) 10 GB    A, I, D

Pricing starts at $1.99/month for 100 GB or $9.99/month for 1 TB.

iCloud icon


5 GB   25 MB I, MAC

Free for iPhones and iPads with iOS5 or later. 

See for operating system requirements.

Pricing starts at $20/per year for a 10GB upgrade.       

SpiderOak logo


2 GB None A, I, K, D

Pricing starts at $10/month for 100 GB.      

MediaFire app

Media Fire

10 GB

(Ad supported)   

20 GB A, I, K, D

Pricing starts at $4.99/month for 1TB. Maximum file size for premium version is 20GB.

Need help deciding which cloud solution is best for you? Check out these articles from LifeHacker: Cloud Storage Faceoff and Use Multiple Online Cloud Storage Services fro Free and Organized Backup.

To learn about online backup systems, which are generally fee-based, check out Comparison of Online Backup Services (Wikipedia).

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