Today I Searched free online storage for my home backup solution. I was in search for a large amount of free disk space and found ADrive
They offer 50GB of free storage space. This this is the catch, you must use their Java Applet file upload to send your files into the cloud. They do not have any SSL option for the free storage, but I am using it to backup static media (pictures and video). I have started to upload files to their server, and found the applet a little bit more handy than I expected. You can pick entire directories to upload and will will keep you directory structure when the files are sent up. Here are a couple gotchas that I ran into using the applet and did not see these documented anywhere:
- You can only upload no more than 1000 files per transfer
- You can’t upload more than 2GB per transfer
Other than those 2 things it is working out well so far.
The applet allows you to download files back to your computer and will retain the directory structure, which is helpful if needing to restore from a backup. I have not yet tested to see if the same files and transfer size limitations apply to the download as well. I suspect that they may.
Another bonus it the ability to share files that are in the cloud. They cannot be password protected, but it will create a URL that can be emailed to someone. It is kind of a security by obscurity philosophy on the free version.
Adrive can be purchased for $6.95 / month if you are in need of the ability to do a remote transfer. This includes FTP, WebDav, and SSL encryption.
I am going to look for a free backup solution for my files that change on a regular basis. Feel free to let me know what you think is the best free option for secure backup’s in the cloud and has the ability to install a client with scheduling.