Called file, hosting services, these online systems allow documents, images and files to be stored on the server, rather than on a PC. Most of these services to store a local copy on your PC or Mac, and many offer a special folder on the computer that will reflect the selected files on multiple computers. Other services are just the Internet and allows you to upload and share files with multiple users in a few minutes without resorting to deleting CD by mail.
But, as these services are practically useful for work or home? First, they are a great way to backup your important files off-site. They also regularly used to share files with friends, family and colleagues. For example, new parents can upload a high-resolution photo of the child to show the grandparents and workers can exchange artwork and documents that are used frequently with their colleagues.
The services also allow you to share a public link to the document with anyone or even the entire folder, which will appear as an exact duplicate on the desktop of another person.
Most services offer a few gigabytes of free memory; to host a few thousand photographs, with enough space for thousands of Word documents. And many allow users to perform automatic backups of important files for free.
Here is a look at a few popular services.
DROPBOX How many file sharing services, Dropbox creates a folder on your computer that contains all of your mirrored data. But behind the scenes, the service has a component that allows you to share and distribute a set of files and folders, as well as a version control system that keeps the previous copies of selected files over time, which means you can recover previous versions of these documents.
Dropbox has a simple Web interface and displays it in a computer as a folder named "dropbox". Drag the files into the folder and the service automatically sends them for custody in the cloud. Because these folders are also available through a Web interface, files can be moved, copied and deleted even when they are away from a home PC.
The service allows you to automatically upload any files that you changed in your Dropbox folder, provided there is an Internet connection.
The service offers two gigabytes of memory free, 50 gigabytes for $ 10 per month and 100 gigabytes for $ 20 per month.
SUGARSYNC SugarSync has some interesting features, including a "synchronization by email" system that allows you to upload a file via e-mail, a useful trick for archiving photos or documents that others have posted.
SugarSync allows you to store special folders on all computers and enter into these folders when you are connected to the Internet. SugarSync also has a "magic suitcase" that keeps copies of files synced between devices. SugarSync has a dedicated iPhone app for viewing and sharing files, how does the Dropbox.
SugarSync costs $ 5 per month for 30 GB of storage and up to 40 dollars a month to 500 gigabytes, enough to store 40,000 pictures. The largest accounts allow you to backup almost completed on your home computer or laptop, although the smallest five-gigabyte, which is free, offers enough space for some essential elements.
For those who have less burdensome storage needs, there are also single use file sharing services that allow files to be stored temporarily in the cloud.
CRATE Cash is a new service that allows a user to simply drag a file to an icon to load it cash stylized. A moment later, it spits out a unique link that can be shared with friends and family. For example, to upload an archive of family photos or a recipe and put it in the cloud for both 30 minutes anonymously, or permanently after registration. This is a quick way to share one or two files without the fuss of creating an account or paying a monthly fee.
YOUSENDIT For business users, YouSendIt is a free service that lets you upload and send files to others via e-mail. Companies of two to 10 employees are charged $ 15 per month to send files of up to two gigabytes. Larger plans, including up to 12 GB of storage for each user, are available.
YouSendIt offers a free trial service for regular users, that someone uploads a file and identify some e-mail recipients. Recipients get an email with a link where the file can be downloaded instantly. How to Crate, YouSendIt offers one-shot share one or two files at once.
ZUMODRIVE This service provides users with remote access for music and photos, no matter the device, including smartphones like the iPhone and BlackBerry. ZumoDrive, like other services, also lets you share folders with multiple devices.
Real value of ZumoDrive arrives in whole music library sharing, you can listen to your Mp3s on the go. Music uploaded to the service may be played on almost any device that supports playback of MP3. You can also browse and share photos stored on the main PC over the Internet. And ZumoDrive lets you share individual files or folders with e-mail recipients and also post links to certain files on a blog or Twitter.
Dragging files out of a desktop in the cloud runs a few risks, including the possibility that the storage provider will go out of business or suffer a huge mistake. However, given the status of backup multiple PCs, it may be worth that are likely to be dependent on the kindness of strangers when it comes to data sharing and storage.