Results: do you pay for extra cloud storage? How much do you need?

Results: do you pay for extra cloud storage? How much do you need?
We live in the era of mobile computing, or even post-PC era if you will. We access our data from a lot of different devices and at the same time, we need to micromanage the limited storage our phones provide. Of course, the cloud is a great way to do that — simple, easy, and integrated with most popular apps. 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 or more if you snatch some promotion. 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? We asked, here's how you answered!

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

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



1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No! I had lots of files on MEGA, and after all that crap went down, it took forever to get access to my personal files. I had to get a court order for the release of my own personal data. Had to wait until all my personal items could be checked before they were released. It was just photos and video, and tools I use on the road for my work. Took nearly 6 months, and then I was given on 5 days to download my stuff. So now cloud storage is a no-no, no matter what company is providing the service. I can purchase a storage drive for less money and hold far more data and simply keep it with me. Now I have my own cloud. I attached a drive to my Router, and i can access it from anywhere as long as I have Internet. No more making others rich with something that is easy to do yourself.

8. Brewski

Posts: 693; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

There is no such thing as the cloud. Only a computer somewhere else. Good job, if I went through that I would store my own data as well.

13. Xilam unregistered

Techie your comment is just incomplete without blaming Apple for something. Would you mind finishing your "article" how it's all because u used an iPhone or something?

2. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

This is a poll failure. People expressed their wish on how much storage would they want (hypothetically), while the really interesting poll was to see the percentages of paid vs free users. So two simple questions like "I don't pay, I am fine with whatever they offer for free" and "Yes, I pay for cloud storage at at least one provider" would have been much better for the purpose.

3. applesnapple93

Posts: 304; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

I host my own

4. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Did you make your own app for the cloud?

7. Xilam unregistered

I host my own too. You can use an app that either came with you NAS drive or your network router, depending on your setup.

9. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

App on the phone?

10. Xilam unregistered

Something like this (I searched for iOS app for you, from your posts, I'm guessing you have an iPhone). WD My Cloud by Western Digital Technologies, Inc. NETGEAR Genie by NETGEAR Or just search for "NAS" in the AppStore or google play. You'll find bunch of file management apps that will allow remote storage and retrieval (and management locally or remotely) of any file. When I had my iPhone - I used Photosync App for photos and videos offloading and uploading to my device. It's available for android - but it's ad supported and some new features are missing like "share sheet" support on iOS (allows you to manage your photos and videos directly from you camera roll). I transferred full size movies I ripped from DVDs onto my iPhone so kids have something to watch on road trip - wirelessly with photosync, it drops the movies directly into camera roll, lol. Very convenient.

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

My personal needs are taken care of by iCloud and OneDrive, but I'm building something and I want to have access to my cloud data from the phone. I have over 1.5k euro just for the NAS and the diskstation so the price should not be an issue. Thanks for the tip (I use both platforms, but you guessed right: I prefer Apple's products, because they give me more advantages both in functionality and costs). Cheers!

11. Xilam unregistered

Also, you don't need to buy costly NAS drives. Buy a simple external storage and hook it up directly to your router via USB (router must support this - and most do). I called tech support to set it up initially and - free 2TB cloud - your home computer doesn't even have to be turned on.

5. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Memory cards FTW!

6. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Would you still store your private files in the cloud if they called it what it really is? A hard drive on some random server computer somewhere out there.

15. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I store most - like, 99.9% - of my files in the cloud... one copy at OneDrive and one copy at Google Drive... and I have a separate non-cloud option that I use to store sensitive files that contain information that I don't want to be available in the cloud, like my disability letter from Social Security, my tax returns, my college transcript, and other personal data that is in document form or whatever. I don't really have much to hide, aside from data that identity thieves might want, but even then I have an active bankruptcy on my credit report, so it's not like identity thieves are looking to use my information to get credit of any kind.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Unlimited for photos and videos thanks to my Google Pixel

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