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Best Free Online Storage and Backup Tools

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Backing up of data is very important; not only does it help in case of system failures but also manages important data safely. Well, if you are thinking of hard-drives for back-up purpose, then it is fair enough, but why to spend some money if you can back-up for free online. Moreover, hard-disks can also be prone to crashes. Hence, online backup tools seem to be the best solution of backing up of data.

There are various online data backup tools available with different storage spaces. Some of them are free, while some are not. Presenting below are the list of my favorite free Online back-up Tools.

Free Online Backup Tools List:

Windows Live SkyDrive

Windows Live Sky Drive - Free 25GB data storage

Windows Live Skydrive is a popular cloud based service, which offers as much as 25GB free storage space to the users.

The usage of SkyDrive is pretty simple. To start off, you just have to log into the Windows Live Skydrive account using your Live ID. Thereafter, it is as simple as dragging and dropping.  You can drop the filesin different folder according to your requirement.  There is a link created for the every folder that you make. So, you can use this link to share the contents with your friends and families. Moreover, Skydrive also allows you to password protect private folders, which will obviously be not accessible to others.

Binfire

Binfire - Free 10GB online storage space

Binfire is yet another online backup service provider, which offers up to 10GB of online storage space for free.  It is similar to Skydrive as it lets you create various folders and share with friends.  Moreover, Binfire can also be regarded as a project management utility. It supports project dashboard, taskbar and milestones feature, group chats for projects and status reports using tweets.

If you are not interested in the project management side of the utility, you can always use it for personal storage.

Idrive

IDrive - Free 5GB online storage space

Idrive is another backup tool, which can provide up to 5GB of storage space for free. If you are looking for more storage space using Idrive, then you will have to pay for it. For example, it offers up to 150 GB storage by paying just 4.95USD per month. There is also a family pack offer, which gives 500GB storage space eligible for up to 5 computers with a monthly price of 14.95USD.Be assure of your data safety as Idrive provides enhanced security with 128-bit SSL encryption on transfers, 256-bit AES encryption on storage.

GMail Drive

GmailDrive - Free GMail data storage

Gmail Drive is yet another free tool, which lets you back-up data online. It  basically creates a virtual filesystem around your Gmail account and allows you to use Gmail as a storage medium.

What Gmail Drive does is, creates a virtual filesystem on top of Gmail account and allows you to store and retrieve data on Gmail account straight from windows explorer.

It creates a new drive, where you can create new folder and start copying the items.  Hence, the tool allows you to use the Gmail space, which is more than 6GB.

Well, the above mentioned tools come in handy when you have to deal with large amount of data, which is more than 5GB. There are various other tools like Dropbox, Mozy and Elephant drive, which offers free space of 2GB.

I personally like using Windows Live Skydrive. What about you? Do let us know your free online storage and backup tools views. Also, let us know, if you have come across any other similar or better online back-up tool.