Compare features of top virtual drives for storage

Cloud storage systems have made it possible to access files from anywhere and at any time. This article tells the features of the popular virtual drives available in market.

Cloud storage systems have brought a new revolution in the way resources are stored on systems. Companies like Google, Microsoft and Amazon have come up with cloud computing tools to help us share our resources over the cloud and access them anytime, from any place. We can store our data in a number of virtual drives available these days. All that is required is a system and internet connection. This article discusses the features of some of these virtual drives.

Features of virtual drives

Google Drive- The Drive creates a folder in PC, Android or Mac. Users just have to drag and drop files. One can open up to 30 files in web browser. The file support is clearly excellent. The OCR feature of Google Drive scans text from images. Google Drive users can avail all Google services like Gmail, Picasa and Google+. Google docs are also merged with Google Drive. Though this virtual drive offers you enough free space of 5GB, you can opt for more storage at a rate of $2.49/month for 25GB or $4.99/month for 100GB.

Amazon Cloud Drive- Users can store photos, videos and all digital files on Cloud Drive. All files are protected from hard drive crash or laptop theft. Amazon Cloud Drive offers a free space of 5GB. For additional storage, the subscription plans start at $10/year.

SkyDrive- This Microsoft product creates a folder in PC or Mac. With the help of Office 365, users can edit documents in a web browser. One can share links (publicly or privately) and even access those files from home computer which does not exist in the SkyDrive folder. This special feature called 'fetch' is the USP of SkyDrive. The virtual drive has close integration with MS Office. SkyDrive offers a good free space of 7GB. If one uses more than 4GB, he gets 25GB of storage free. The subscription rate is $10/year for 45GB.

iCloud- This easy to use Apple drive syncs with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 so that users can access emails, calendars, contacts or other files conveniently. It offers 5GB of free space. For additional storage, prices are $20/year for 10GB, $40/year for 15GB and $100/year for 55GB.

Box- This virtual drive does not offer folder like experience to free users. Free users get a web based tool to sync files on Mac or PC. This product offers various collaboration features and is extensively used in enterprises. It has a variety of productivity apps like QuickOffice. Google docs are merged with the drive. Box gives a free space of 5GB. The subscription rate is $9.99/month for 25GB.

Drop Box- The folder system of this virtual drive is very simple to use and sync. Its application interface is excellent and is used by a number of app developers. This makes Drop Box the king of virtual drives. It offers a free space of 2GB only. The subscription plan is expensive.

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