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Google slashes Drive cloud storage pricing, now starting at $1.99/month for 100GB

By Shawn Knight
Mar 13, 2014
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  1. Google on Thursday revealed significant price cuts for its Google Drive cloud storage and synchronization service. Effective immediately, each paid tier is now cheaper than it was yesterday which will no doubt put even more pressure on the competition.

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,389   +329

    Do a comparison for online storage solutions with costs/storage/limitations etc. I would be eternally greatful!
     
  3. HurpityDurp111

    HurpityDurp111 TS Rookie

    Main difference is dropbox allows you to sync to an existing folder, whereas google and most other cloud sync programs do not.

    Example: lets say you reinstall windows, or you reinstall your cloud sync program... with dropbox, you can just choose an existing folder. All files will be resynced and nothing will be downloaded, saving you time and headache.

    Google drive on the other hand (and most other cloud sync services) will have to waste time redownloading 50-100GB of data...

    You might think you can circumvent this process by just copying the files back into the Google drive folder. But nope. Google drive is so stupid, it will rename all of your files and duplicate them into your Google Drive account.

    Google, I ****ing love you guys, but god damn this is retarded. Fix your ****. And **** anyone who says I remove credibility by cussing in a comment. A fact is a fact.
     
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Wow very impressive. $10 is a bargain for that much storage.
     
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    I was just looking at my Bing points after commenting in another thread, and for 100 pts, you get 100GB of OneDrive for 1 year. 100pts is not very many points. For comparison 1 month of Hulu Plus is 450 pts (420 for 'gold' members). I don't know anything about OneDrive, so I second @wastedkill 's suggestion for a comparison.
     
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  6. slider999

    slider999 TS Rookie

    Wow, Microsoft charges 25$ per month for 50GB of storage and $50 per month for 100GB of storage. Gee, I didn't think it was that expensive. Did you check your facts Mr. Knight?
     
  7. spectrenad

    spectrenad TS Rookie Posts: 97   +18

    It's for a year, not a month. I can understand the confusion, it wasn't mentioned in the article.
     
  8. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    Well this sounds great for everyone, specially the part that they will push competition.

    I've been looking for a consolidated option to store my personal files instead of doing constant backups and this sounds like it, at $2 per month who could say no :p

    A comparison chart wouldn't be bad, on a per year basis would be awesome ;)

    EDIT: I just checked and the pricing is still $4,99 for the 100gb solution at least on the feature page.
     
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  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    At $50 a year, it doesn't make any sense to pay it at all. In 1 day of signing up for Bing Rewards you can have 100 points. If you already are a member, about 7 days of searching (30 searches a day) will get you a year for free. Or with one facebook referral you can 'buy' 2 years.

    Unless I'm missing something super obvious, I may turn in 100 pts for a year of OneDrive even if I don't have any immediate plans for usage, just so I can get in before Microsoft realizes how drastic the price vs bing points is.
     
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  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    I still think Google is overcharging for their 15 Gb free storage. I've had it since it's inception and still haven't managed to use 50 Mb yet... :p
     
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  11. mojorisin23

    mojorisin23 TS Booster Posts: 124   +23

    Yeah... why wouldnt you?? I'm doing it right now... !
     
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  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    After it closed would you trust them with your files? I know I wouldn't.

    I rather pay a bit more for Google or Microsoft solutions which are pretty trustworthy in the way that they won't drop cold over a month.
     
  14. Matt12345170

    Matt12345170 TS Booster Posts: 100   +28

    Now I will admit that the Bing rewards thing seems like a pretty sweet deal. However, a year or two with any of these services, and it would be cheaper just to buy a hard drive, not to mention that downloading that much data over the internet would take too long, and in countries where we have BS data caps, is just not practical.

    On a side note: why bother trusting any of them, when you can trust yourself.
     
  15. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    The whole idea of cloud storage is to have a backup of your data you can access anywhere and everywhere, also I've found the folder sharing option very productive, I work with a couple of coleagues through projects, we share one folder and every change any of us makes to a file is then synchronized to the rest with version history logs and the ability to recover files to past states. Yes, you can buy a hard drive and it might be cheaper, what if someone breaks into your house and steals your computer?

    The pros to having a space in the cloud is mainly to backup and access, it won't work for storing a 1080p movie, that would be stupid. It's meant to store those things you need access and couldn't recover otherwise (Like family photos, or documents), or for productivity and sharing.

    It's also something very useful when you have multiple computers, for example if I have to work on the road, I get back home and keep on working on the main computer without having to move files with external storage or through the network, it's a seamless solution.
     
  16. Matt12345170

    Matt12345170 TS Booster Posts: 100   +28

    Don't get me wrong, I use it, for files that I need for work and school. However I would never dream of paying for more storage.
     
  17. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    @Matt12345170 Yeah, when I was in grad school I used dropbox a lot, heard too many horror stories of people 'losing their thesis'. I've had my share of hd failures, that and my time here, has always lead to me never having important data in only 1 location. So dropbox was a great solution for that.

    I have no idea why I would need 100GB of online storage though. 100GB isn't anything compared to buying a hard drive, and my internet speeds (especially upload) aren't conducive to putting that much data online when I have over 10TB of storage among my computers at home.
     
  18. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Yeah that is true, but it is only for a year. But then again, you could argue that you could make enough points to extend that once the year is up. You make a good point my friend!
     
  19. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    As long as it's kept that way, if things changes in that year you probably will have to pay to keep the same amount of storage online (If you are using it to full). Most probably online space will dimish it's costs even more along with data plans.

    Just maybe :p
     

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