Looking for online hard drive (Not Backup)

I’m looking for a service where I put files that I want to keep secure or files I rarely use anymore. I’ve looked at services like dropbox.com or livedrive.com, but they (and others I found) are all backup solutions. Meaning it keeps an exact copy of a folder on your hard drive, but that means you still have the files on your local hard drive. So that doesn’t help if your computer is stolen, the thief still has your private pictures, documents, etc.

Basically I’m looking for a service similar to dropbox.com but where the files are ONLY stored remotely and a password is required whenever you want to access the files.

Does anyone know of such a service and can recommend it?

The webhost I use, dreamhost offers several GB that you can use to store files.
Then simply use a ftp client to upload and download your files.

If you do want a copy of your files online but not on your computer why don’t you upload them and make sure that they are there, then delete them from your computer? Or am I missing something here?

You probably would want to upload them to 2 different places for back up. YouOS dot com used to provide a service like that. It was free and you could have any project you want there and work on it from any computer.

hotmail gives 25 gigs of free storage space, it’s called skydrive. There is also adrive, [URL=“http://mozy.com/”]mozy, I am sure there are alot more of these, or you could use a service like dropbox then once the files are on their server you can uninstall the dropbox app from your comp, delete the files then reinstall, to get the files back when you want. :slight_smile:

I think I’d do the same thing if you don’t want to keep the files on your HD - though if these are important files it would be better to use a service like dropbox that backs them up in multiple places. Sure your web host should maintain daily or at least weekly backups, but nothings really foolproof these days.

If these are smaller files your working with, you might just want to use hotmail or gmail to have your files available when you’re on the road.


is it just me, or does anyone else think this is a bit odd, why store files so sensitive as what your describing online? :scratch:

its very bizarre and suspicious to me :rolleyes:

Unless you got a very large amount of files I think it would be easier for you to simply get a flash drive or a external hard drive.

Thank you for your replies.

I don’t know why it seems bizarre and suspicious. I have personal files (pictures, documents etc.) that I want secure in case my laptop is stolen. I could use a USB storage device, which I actually do at the moment, but I’d like a solution that wouldn’t require me to copy files all the time.

I just had my apartment broken into and had tv, laptop etc. stolen, so I might be a bit paronoid right now, but thanks for your replies. I’ll look into skydrive or use dropbox and delete the program files as BPartch suggests.

Mozy is great and you can encrypt the files so that only you have the key. It slows down your machine a bit when it starts up, but once the first load is uploaded it works pretty well!! I have my whole team on it.

Thanks for your input, but Mozy is also ‘only’ a backup and that’s not what I’m looking for :slight_smile:

Google recently announced a new feature for Google Docs that lets you store files the way you want…

check - http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/upload-your-files-and-access-them.html



This is exactly what I am looking for. I expected Google to make such a service at some point :slight_smile:

Thanks for making me aware of it!

Now I just have to wait for them to activate it on my account :slight_smile:

Glad I could help :slight_smile: I’m still waiting for the launch of the new feature as well.

Google will provide 1GB for free, and if you want more it costs $0.25 per GB per year. More info at Google Docs Blog.

If you like that check out Skydrive. You need a hotmail account then they give you 25gb’s for free. :slight_smile:

You can mount it as a virtual drive with: http://skydriveexplorer.com/ for a simple solution, or there is Gladinet which allows for other online(cloud) storage mediums as well as some additional features. :slight_smile:

Thanks for your suggestions as well. I was familiar with Skydrive, but not that you could mount it. I will check out Gladinet as well.

I like Google’s price structure though. For just $1 a year you get 4gb extra :slight_smile:

Thanks again for all your suggestions. You have been very helpful and I found what I was looking for :slight_smile: