For those of you who have suffered data loss due to a corrupted USB stick, there are free alternate options to avoid a repeated incident. The Desk Jockey Network advocates the usage of file hosting services or network attached storage (see below).
The three file hosting services preferred by our site and it’s users are Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive. The table below illustrates some of the advantages and disadvantages of one (free) provider versus another. Users requiring additional storage space can purchase it from their preffered provider.
|Stogage Space (Free)||2GB||15GB||7GB||n/a|
|Can sign-in with existing account
|Can share documents via link||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Can view documents online:||Yes (Gmail, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter)||Yes (Gmail, Facebook, Google+, Twitter)||Yes (email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)||Yes (email, Facebook)|
|Can prohibit downloading:||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Edit Documents (Locally)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Edit Documents (Online)||No||Yes (Google Docs)||Yes (Microsoft Web App)||No|
|iOS, Mac, and Windows Application||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
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