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PSA: To keep your 30GB of free OneDrive cloud storage, you must opt-in before Monday

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PSA: To keep your 30GB of free OneDrive cloud storage, you must opt-in before Monday
If you use OneDrive for your cloud storage needs on your phone or tablet, better listen up because tomorrow is the very last day that you can opt-in to keep 15GB of free storage, and the 15GB camera roll bonus. Late last year, Microsoft announced that it would scale back the amount of free OneDrive storage to 5GB by early 2016, and eliminate the camera roll bonus completely.

Needless to say, OneDrive users thought that Microsoft executives had their heads in the clouds when deciding to change the amount of free storage. Since it usually is the squeaking wheel that gets the grease, users complained and Microsoft caved in. The company is allowing OneDrive users to keep both 15GB of free storage, and the 15GB camera roll bonus. All they have to do is go to a particular website and opt-in to keep all 30GB of free cloud storage.

If you don't click on the sourcelink and opt-in, you will find that your free OneDrive storage will be reduced from 30GB to 5GB come Monday morning. And why should you have to pay for an additional 25GB of storage each month when a huge multi-billion dollar company is willing to take care of it for you. So go ahead, click on the sourcelink and take care of business now before it becomes too late.

source: OneDrive via WindowsCentral

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posted on 30 Jan 2016, 15:27 1

1. ph00ny (Posts: 1125; Member since: 26 May 2011)


This doesn't apply to those who are using office 365 right? it would suck to lose my 1TB space

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 21:36 1

8. miketer (Posts: 122; Member since: 02 Apr 2015)


Don't worry, 1TB for office 365 users is intact.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 21:37

9. miketer (Posts: 122; Member since: 02 Apr 2015)


Sorry, just saw bigdawg's message.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 15:30 1

2. BabaDude (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


Hey ph00ny, I'm in the same boat. Will we always keep that 1tb? I would hate to suddenly get a charge. My wallet would be in a world of hurt.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 15:34 1

3. bigdawg23 (Posts: 443; Member since: 25 May 2011)


No worries, just double checked and Office 365 Subscription is sticking with 1TB.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 16:21 7

4. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


This is exactly why I need an SD slot on my phones with 30gb a being pitiful amount considering I've used most of the 128gb on my phone and would have to pay for cloud storage if I bought a phone and ran out of memory.
And more importantly I don't want my personal data floating around some cloud waiting to be hacked when I could have it all safely on an SD card inside my phone.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 08:41

17. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


"safely" yet the sd is the most insecure part of your device...

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 09:37 2

20. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1837; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Insecure yet more safe that relying on a third-party's HDD...

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 12:34

25. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


That's why everything's backed up multiple times on HDDs at home.
And I'm planning to backup my most important data on archival grade Blu-Ray discs.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 21:59

26. joey_sfb (Posts: 5229; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Plus microSD use zero internet bandwidth. It really stupid to stream songs that i already owned.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 17:38 5

5. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1837; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


This is an example of why all those statements of "the cloud is the future" or "it's 201X, use the cloud" are pathetic and shortsighted. Unless the cloud is privately hosted, it's no replacement for Local Storage Expansion and shouldn't be relied on to host important data. Even if privately hosted, still can't install and run apps/programs from the cloud.

Local Storage Expansion + Private NAS Cloud FTW.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 18:01 2

6. MySchizoBuddy (Posts: 142; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


use the cloud as a backup to your local storage

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 05:29 1

14. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1837; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Yeah, I do that with my 16TB RAID 10 TS-470 Pro NAS, not some public cloud service provider.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 08:46

18. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Considering your solution is a 2200$ solution if not more. It is not what everyone wants to do.

Nor the power bill to do so either, to keep it 'constantly' on so that you can remotely backup into it.

While it works for you.

I would have to pay over 18yrs worth of office 365 for family, which includes 5 installs, software for what I need, 10TB of storage...per user.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 09:27

19. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1837; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


There's much cheaper options for different users, this isn't a 1 size fits all solution. This is gonna be in service much longer than 18 years and power usage is pretty minor with it's eco mode.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 09:42

21. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1837; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Besides, no file size limits and this does more than meh file storage, try hosting your website on OneDrive without any nonsense monthly fees...

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 09:50 1

22. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


NAS is awesome.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 18:13 2

7. TerryTerius (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Thanks to this and my S6, I have 130 gigs on OneDrive, 50 on google drive and 55 on Dropbox. Thanks for the reminder PA!

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 22:08

10. tacarat (Posts: 713; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


Ditto.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 23:08 1

11. kanagadeepan (Posts: 891; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Ok, dear M$. You can have your 25GB back as I now use Google Photos for backup.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 01:03

12. Youraveragejoe (Posts: 117; Member since: 31 Oct 2014)


Thanks PA! I would have never known this otherwise. I use onedrive as my primary backup for all my pictures! Have pictures of nearly 5 years stored in them!

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 01:47 1

13. villagerguyz (Posts: 85; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


Thank you PhoneArena! I will keep that 30GB even tho I'm not using OneDrive frequently.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 06:28 1

15. pearleye (Posts: 11; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Thanks for the information!

Did MS send a mail to us warning about this ? I don't remember reading one !

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 07:21 1

16. villagerguyz (Posts: 85; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


I don't think so.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 10:13 1

23. Naruto_Uzumaki (Posts: 25; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


Satya Nadella
Thank you!!!

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