There is an ever increasing need for storage whether it be for photos, music, videos, files, or anything else. There are many options and plans to choose from so we're breaking the top 5 down for you.
For all of the options in this list, you can access your data through the web, mobile, and/or a specialized desktop app. There is also usually great integration with other products the company offers. In this case, if you have a Amazon Prime membership, you already get the base plan included which gives you unlimited photo and 5GB video storage. You can upgrade to get more storage for a fix cost per year. We like Amazon Drive as an option because you get so much for just having a Prime membership.
Just with signup, you get anywhere access to your Dropbox storage basic plan with 2GB of storage included. There are easy sharing options for your data making collaboration easier. The upgrade options are much cheaper (just $10 a month for 2TB of storage!) than competitors making Dropbox a great budget friendly option. With an upgraded plan, you also get more including the ability to have offline mobile access, remotely delete data from any device, and search text from any file.
Box is very similar to Dropbox in that with signup, you automatically get the basic plan which includes 10GB of storage. There is only one upgrade plan available so Box may not be the best option for those of you looking for a fully customizable plan but it has one of the best basic free plans available. You have to watch out for the 250MB file upload limit of the basic plan, which may prevent you from uploading some of your favorite videos or files. but if you upgrade, your upload limit will increase to 5GB.
If you use other Google products, like Gmail, Google Sheets, consider Google Drive for your data storage needs. You get 15GB of storage for free and there's great integration with the rest of Google's products making it easy to share and collaborate. For example, you can easily include any file from your Google Drive as an attachment in Gmail. If you need more storage, you can upgrade to Google One which gives you 100GB of storage for only $1.99 a month and gives you the ability to share your storage with family. We like Google Drive as an option if you use and is familiar with other Google products because of the ease of access to your data across all the different Google products.
iCloud Drive is a storage option that is included with your iCloud storage plan. If you're a iOS and/or macOS user, iCloud is intuitive and easy to use for backups providing seamless integration between all your Apple devices. The downside is the pricing which is much more expensive than other options. You get 5GB for free but most people will end up needing to upgrade and the next option is 50GB for $0.99 a month which is probably enough depending on how many devices you're using to sync your data. We like iCloud Drive as an option if you use Apple devices because there is almost no setup and maintenance required to keep your data safe.