Updated 07-28-2016

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Cloud storage acts as your hard drive in the cloud, giving you convenient access to all of your documents, photos and other files anywhere with an Internet connection. Our top-rated cloud storage services add many more great features, including automatically backing up all your files online, syncing your files across all of your computers and devices so you can work on them no matter where you are, and allowing you to easily share the files you want to with others. Our reviews point out all of the pricing, features and differences of each service so you can pick the best one for you.

Cloud Storage Reviews & Ratings

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Services: Our Ratings: Bottom Line:
Carbonite Rating: stars
Excellent and comprehensive cloud service with easy remote file access and unlimited storage
SugarSync Rating: stars
Feature-filled cloud storage solution with an intuitive user interface and easy music streaming; best for those who need to do a lot of file syncing
JustCloud Rating: stars
Affordable and comprehensive cloud storage service with the option of unlimited file storage; best for users with light syncing needs
SpiderOak Rating: stars
Good option for more advanced users looking for extra encryption capabilities and lots of space to store files online from an unlimited number of computers
Amazon Cloud Drive Rating: stars
Swift backups and great prices pair perfectly with the very clear interface that Amazon users have come to know and love
Mozy Stash Rating: stars
Low-cost cloud storage great for those with one main computer; easy to use syncing and exclusive discount
Google Drive Rating: stars
Cheap, easy to use and good for users who like Google Docs; does not have full backup capabilities
OneDrive Rating: stars
Includes large amount of online syncing space for very low price, but not the best for full computer backup
Dropbox Rating: stars
Easy to use, but can't match the safety of off-site backup
LiveDrive Briefcase Rating: stars
Very pricey service best for those who want to sync all of their files with 2 TB of space

NextAdvisor Cloud Storage Blog Headlines

4 Handy Ways to Make the Cloud Work for You
Cloud storage has taken the online community by storm over the course of its existence as it’s made it easy for users to save time and money for both personal and business purposes. Everyone knows the basics — cloud storage services can be great for uploading and syncing your day-to-day files for easy access and […]

Online Backup vs. Cloud Storage Services: Which Do You Need?
Understanding the difference between online backup services vs. cloud storage services can be tricky. Both services entail working with personal or business data online and storing files safely outside of your computer’s hard drive. Essentially, the difference comes down to cloud storage users being able to collaborate, share and edit their data as it is […]

What to Do When You’ve Outgrown Your Free Cloud Space
Making the most of your cloud storage space takes skill, especially for those who are utilizing the free space offered by most cloud storage services. While many of us can make it work with a given amount of free storage, there are times when our personal archive outgrows the free space or our selected provided […]

Business and Personal Cloud: 3 Ways to Keep Them Separate
The cloud is a handy tool no matter how you choose to use it. Whether you opt for a personal cloud account or a business plan, backing up your data to the cloud ensures that your information is safe, accessible and organized. While it’s easy to get caught up in the convenience of a cloud […]

Store it in the Cloud

Whether you are working on important documents and want to have access to them at all times, or you just want that photo you edited on your laptop to show up simultaneously on your cell phone, Cloud Storage is the one-stop solution you have been looking for. Cloud Storage services ensure that your files are not only stored remotely and are available to you anywhere with an Internet connection, but they can sync these files across all of your devices, making sure that you have the most up-to-date edits and information possible. You can even use most of these services to backup your computer in case of a data-loss emergency.

What is the Difference Between Online Backup and Cloud Storage?

Online Backup and Cloud Storage services are very similar in that they both store your files online for safe keeping, allowing you to access them anywhere with an Internet connection. But while Online Backup is primarily designed to non-intrusively backup your files and restore them to your computer in case of hard drive failure or theft, Cloud Storage is designed to make it easy to regularly access, share and sync your files across multiple devices. While only some online backup services boast these features, most of the cloud storage services we review include backup in addition to file syncing and sharing in their repertoire. Syncing is especially useful for people who find themselves working on multiple devices and need their files to be as up-to-date as possible no matter where they are.

How We Reviewed These Cloud Storage Services

We signed up for each cloud storage service and tested them ourselves. We ran online backup routines, synced files across multiple computers which included Macs as well as PCs, edited files to test update times, accessed files over each service's web interface, and tried out mobile apps where applicable. We were also curious about how enjoyable, intuitive and easy-to-use each program was. The ratings you see here are a compilation of these factors, the storage and sync space each service offers, and how great of a value the service is overall.

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