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Cloud Storage Comparison: OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive and Box

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Sep. 19, 2016 | 2 mins read

Author Delores

Delores

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With cloud storage developing, a great number of people are using it to replace hard drive. Some brandy cloud storage providers are known to us. There are 4 cloud storage that are used by users, the below introduction will give you cloud storage comparison.

OneDrive

It is a cloud storage produced by Microsoft company, and you can access data and files in cloud storage with any devices, including PC, pad, or mobile phone. Its the biggest strength is to connect to office application. After running Microsoft word or PowerPoint apps, you will see the document list, which includes files stored in OneDrive. If you are subscriber of office 365, and open one of files stored in OneDrive, you can edit them in real-time with other people together.

Dropbox

It is network storage online application that is run by Dropbox company. It provide cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software service, which allows users to create exclusive folders, then sync to Dropbox, at the same time, other users are able to check folders. All files in folder can be uploaded to cloud storage through website and mobile phone apps.

Functions:

  • Support multiple operating system.
  • Sync multiple terminals, such as PC, mobile phone, pad.
  • Support file sync.
  • Invite friend to get space.
  • Version control.

Google Drive

It is a cloud backup storage drive to provide users to store data and files to cloud. User will get 15 GB free storage space when register. You can create, share, and coordinate files. Google drive cloud storage integrate with Google Docs, and it cannot provide the full preview image, but also have powerful document editing function. You can create, edit or share files in the browser, at the same time, you can download in .PDF format.

Box

It is an online file sharing and content management service for businesses. With Box, all your team’s files are stored in the cloud so everyone on the team can access, edit, comment and share any of the files in real time from any device.

Functions:

  • Offer 10GB space trial.
  • Across platform.
  • File storage and easy to share.
  • Support API.
  • Access management.
  • History version.
  • File lock, etc.

Cloud Storage Comparison

They all can store data and file for us, but there are a lot of difference among them. You can see their respective feature from below cloud storage comparison.

OneDrive Dropbox Google Drive Box
File size restriction 10GB 10GB with website,
none with Dropbox apps
5TB 250MB for free plan,
5GB for paid personal plan
Free storage space 5GB** 2GB 15GB 10GB
Can I earn extra free storage? No** Yes No No
Paid plans $2/month for 50GB $10/month for 1TB $2/month 100GB, $10/month for 1TB $10/month for 100GB
OSes supported Windows, Mac, Android, IOS, Windows Phone Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire Windows, Mac, Android, iOS Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry

In early 2016, Microsoft will change its free storage from 15GB to 5GB and offer a $2 per month for 50GB paid plan instead of its earlier offerings. It will also no longer let you earn free storage.

Usually, most people have registered more than one cloud storage, and some of them can take advantage of all free space. Even if they paid for excessive space, there is a problem left to them. How to move files across cloud. There is one way that download file from Google drive, then upload to Onedrive. Obviously, It is useful but troublesome. MultCloud will help you to solve this problem, and you can put all cloud backup storage into one app, then, you can migrate file across cloud.

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