Dropbox Free Online Storage & Syncing Made Easy

Dropbox Free Online File StorageWhat’s Dropbox?

Dropbox is a simple online storage solution that can sync files on multiple computers running Windows, Linux or Mac.

There’s also an iPhone app and whilst it doesn’t sync files to your iPhone, it does allow you to view and work with your files via an internet connection.

Basically you have a folder on one computer and that folder magically syncs with the same folder on another computer or multiple other computers. It’s up to you.

What’s Good?

It’s Simple

It has an easy to use approach with no complicated software to install and configure.

Just a simple, small footprint application that sits in your Windows system tray or your Mac menu bar.

The only thing you’ll notice about this little application is when the little icon syncs automatically and seamlessly.

Just set it and forget it.

File Sync

Dropbox isn’t only online file storage.   Yes, your files will be stored online or ‘in the cloud’ as it’s now known but they are also synced on whatever PCs or Macs you choose to install Dropbox on.

This makes it perfect to say synchronize certain files on your home and work PCs or to share photos with your family if you live far away.

No messy uploading to FTP sites or online photo sites; just simple drag and drop file operations right in Windows Explorer or your Mac Finder just like any other file or folder operation that you’re used to doing every day.

It’s Reliable & Trouble Free

I haven’t had to touch a setting, close and error message or visit tech support since I first installed Dropbox over 3 months ago.

What’s Bad?

Not much.

Currently the Pro version has an upper limit of 100GB.  That’s not even that bad. 🙂

What Can I Use It For?

Well apart from online file storage and syncing, Dropbox can act as an online backup for your sensitive files and photos.

Recover Deleted Files

The folks at Dropbox will keep anything you delete from your Dropbox securely on their server for you to retrieve if the need arises.

This is of course configurable through you account and so is the length of time you want to keep deleted stuff.

You can even set this length of time to unlimited!

Use it for sharing files with your friends and family easily as Dropbox allows you to have public folders or control access to individual folders for individual users.

They don’t even need to install the application if they don’t want to as the folders they have access to will appear on the Dropbox website for them to download directly through their favorite browser.

The web interface also makes it easy for you to access your Dropbox from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Handy for when you’re travelling and you need to access a scanned copy of your passport after you lost it or you could always upload all your traveling photos to your Dropbox in an internet cafe for your family to see and that’ll let you take more too and save you buying a new memory card!

The number of uses is extensive.

All I can suggest is that you try it out for free.  They have a 30 day trial for the Pro version.

It’s worth trying the Pro version first for free and if you don’t want to continue with the Pro version after your 30 day trial then you can just downgrade automatically to the free 2GB version.

You’ve nothing to lose, except your files if you don’t try it!

Click Here to get Dropbox free version.

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  1. Yes, good idea Mike. However, there are some key differences between the free and pro Dropbox accounts. There’s the obvious size difference 2GB or even 2.25GB as you say versus say 50GB or 100GB as well as the conditions associated withe the free acccounts. For example, Dropbox reserve the right to withdraw free accounts at any time and they will also delete all you files if your account is idle for more than 90 days. It is advantageous to pay 10 bucks a month.
    I guess it depends what you’re using it for. Personally, I back up all of my stuff that I absolutely can’t afford to lose if my laptop was stolen, hard drive dies, house goes on fire, etc so 10 or even 20 bucks a month for this peace of mind is well worth it.