Do you pay for extra cloud storage (Drive, iCloud, OneDrive etc.)? How much do you need?

Do you pay for extra cloud storage (Drive, iCloud, OneDrive etc.)? How much do you need?
We live in the era of mobile computing, or even post-PC era if you will. Our smartphones are used to access everything from the funny picture we took at that one party, to our favorite music, to that document that we need to be printed for the meeting. And handsets also come with the limitation of sometimes having quite the small storage space.

So, cloud services have emerged — storing your data on a server far away, you can still access it from absolutely any device. In fact, a lot of times it's easier and faster to just Google Drive a document to yourself, instead of looking for a cable to transfer it from the phone to the PC with.

It makes sharing easier, helps you store your endless stream of photos and video, and a lot more. The cloud is cool, sure... but not free.

Yeah, Dropbox, OneDrive, Drive, and even iCloud, as well as others, will start you off with some room for free. That ranges from 5 GB to 15 GB. But, more often than not, you might find that's just not enough. And then you click the “upgrade storage” option and it's time to choose. How much space do you need? How much money are you willing to give monthly for it?

Well, we thought we'd ask you, how much cloud storage do you really, really need?

Realistically, how much cloud storage is "good enough" for you?

I do fine with the free storage I got when registering
34.73%
Up to 50 GB suits me well
15.41%
Up to 100 GB and I am fine
14.73%
Up to 200 GB just in case
8.33%
Give me a Terabyte!
26.8%

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22 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1694; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Yes only because i got a fantastic offer that no longer exists, Google 200gb extra on top of free 50gb for £50 a year.

2. Kelley71

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

I run my own cloud. 5 TB of space for now.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Same here, but 3 TB, the problem is, there's 0 redundancy, so when the hardware fails, I lose my stuff. I'll fix that some day with a real media server with hot-swappable drives, but until then, I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed.

16. Xilam unregistered

Same here, NAS all the way - it's FREE and with raid you have multiple copies just in case. But when I had my iPhone, I used iCloud to back up just the essentials - it was more convenient to have contacts, settings, and etc on iCloud than on your PC - I hate using iTunes.

3. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Unlimited cloud storage...thanks to my College......

4. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I pay $1.99 for iCloud storage. Tempted to get more but I think prices will decrease or storage will increase this year.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Give me a terabyte to back up my data.

6. tallmatt81

Posts: 71; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

Mega 50gb free. 4 accounts= 200gb, so I'm good

7. fyah_king unregistered

None for me and I am happy with it.

8. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm good with the 30gb I got from OneDrive. I have considered it before though.

9. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

I get 1TB of OneDrive space with the Office 365 Sub

11. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I don't mess with the cloud.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I had 1TB from Google Drive for buying a Chrome book, but the 2-year deal has already elapsed, so now I'm working with 19 Free GB from Google Drive. (I was able to upgrade from 15 by reviewing my account security settings a few times) It's enough for me, especially since photos and videos don't count towards my limited storage. :)

13. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Only what I get free. Bills are already bad enough.

14. billy_shears

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 06, 2013

100 free GB on OneDrive for two years thanks to the Samsung bonus I had with my S7, about 70% full

15. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I am using both Google Drive and Microsoft's One Drive at the default free levels. Each of them have a copy of my files, which total a little over 5GB. Yes, every document, spreadsheet, powerpoint, Python script, C++ program, database file, picture, drawing, video, and such that I have ever made (minus the stuff I lost in 2008 to hard drive failure) fits inside 6GB.

17. Xilam unregistered

Hey, domfonusr, I had the same happen to me years ago, my heart sank! we recovered lots of files (but most had file names screwed up). I'm still today trying to recover some hard to find music. I just want to say - I understand and share your pain. Funny thing - the recovery also recovered everything I deleted and cleared from trash bin - yeah every file! Now I make two copies of everything they raid, and a manual backup of the hard time every 3 months and keep that hrddrive at a relatives house - incase I'm robbed or burn the house down. I'm paranoid, sure, but my kids photos and videos when they were little worth $millions to me. And when I decommission an old hard drive - burn it in fire. If I was able to recover everything I deleted from a broken drive - imagine what you can recover from a functioning one (if you sell it or give it to someone else).

18. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Yeah, I totally understand. After the hard drive crash of 2008, I was able to get back some files that I had backed up onto thumb drives, but I needed a better backup strategy, so I started keeping a backup copy at my parents' house. When I moved back in with my parents in 2009, I changed my strategy again, and started keeping two rotating backup thumb drives, and eventually made a optical drive copy of everything every year, with supplemental mid-year copies at Google Drive and One Drive. I was definitely kind of paranoid, and that came naturally (being a recovering schizophrenic myself), but over time I have settled into a pattern of just keeping the online backups at Google and Microsoft for the during-the-year backups, and then backup everything once a year on optical disks just to be sure. It is a good system that has worked well for the last five years, though I am getting ready to switch from optical backup to something else as optical drives kind of go out of style. My dad runs his own computer repair business, so he takes care of my computer when it has problems, and he does also destroy my old drives with boiling and a hammer.

19. JayBEE

Posts: 180; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

I'll never pay.

20. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1560; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I use the free amount they give you. Google just has some documents in it that I use and type up on Google Docs, than I upload pictures to them for back up but don't leave them all on the cloud. I manually back up my files onto 2 external drives, and have them on a large drive in my desktop. Unless my house burns down and nothing remains, I shouldn't lose my photos and files.

21. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

I get 1TB with Office 365. I only use around 250GB (most of that is old projects being hoarded) I really like how OneDrive works across majority (if not all?) OS's and devices.

22. TheOracle1

Posts: 2275; Member since: May 04, 2015

Two Gmail accounts means 38gb free for me. If I need more I have a 3rd business Gmail which would give me a total of 54gb. Why bother paying anything?

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