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Dropbox, Skydrive and Google Drive: a Quick Comparison

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I've been a big fan of Dropbox for years but recently there have been some new and/or improved competitors to the Dropbox drive service:  Google Drive and Microsoft's SkyDrive.  Here's a quick comparison of all three products:


  • Drive size
    • Initial drive size is 2GB, with an additional 500MB for every referral up to 18GB
  • Cost
    • 2-18GB - Free
    • 50GB - $9.99/month, $99.99/year
    • 100GB - $19.99/month, $199/year
  • Platforms:
    • PC: Windows XP and Windows 7
    • Linux
    • Mac
    • iPhone/iPad apps
    • Android for tablets and Smart Phones
    • Blackberry
  • Extras
    • Retrievable file history for 30 days:  deleted files remain on the Dropbox server for easy recovery
    • Detailed logs of file changes (additions, deletions, changes)
    • Selective syncing of individual files
    • Add-on support, including e-mail to Dropbox, auto transfer to other cloud-based drives, and web hosting


Google Drive

  • Drive Size
    • Initial size of 5GB; no incentive program
  • Cost
    • 5GB  - Free
    • 25GB - $2.50/month, $30 / year
    • 100GB - $5/month, $60/yeay
  • Platforms
    • PC: Windows XP and Windows 7 (no real standalone client used)
    • Mac
    • Android Tablets (possibly Smartphones as well)
  • Extras
    • 10GB upload limit  with web-based interface (2GB for competing products)
    • Editing of more types of documents possible (AUTO CAD, Photoshop formats)
    • Integration with Google Apps/Docs tools (collaboration, etc.)

Sky Drive

  • Drive Size
    • Initial drive size is 7GB; however new users can get 25GB for a limited time
  • Cost
    • 7/25GB - Free
    • Additional 20GB - $10/year
    • Additional 50GB - $25/year
    • Additional 100GB - $50/year
  • Platforms
    • PC: Windows 7 only (no XP support)
    • Mac
    • iPhone/iPad apps
    • Windows Phone
  • Extras
    • Several apps are available that integrate SkyDrive with MS OneNote, Outlook, and files from a smart phone.
    • MS Office documents can be edited within SkyDrive without any loss of formatting


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Google Drive is relatively new to cloud storage. An article posted 2 days ago describes and compares the privacy policies among the various cloud storage vendors:


I've got all three running on a couple of PCs and my phone and still am partial to Dropbox at this point. If you're a heavy Google user (Apps, Docs, Picasa) it might be worthwhile to migrate over to Google's solution if you can but as much as I rely on Google for much of my personal life on the Internet, I'm not finding Drive that amazing.

My favorite is dropbox. Easy, decent size of free storage and intuitive for use.

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