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5 GB of Free Cloud Storage From Amazon. Plus Desktop App.

If Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft Skydrive and all the other such systems still haven't tempted you with their free service, and you are still looking for a source of online storage space for files and backups, here's news of yet another provider.

Amazon has something called Amazon Cloud Drive.  Like all the others, it's free.  Unlike Dropbox, which offers just 2 GB for free, Amazon gives you 5 GB of space.  Plenty to store your important documents, files and so on. 

If you already have an Amazon account, activate your free Cloud Drive at 

There's also a desktop client application available, again free of charge.  You can get both a PC and a Mac version, which can be downloaded from  Unlike Dropbox and other such systems, however, the Amazon app doesn't create a synced folder on your desktop.  Instead, it allows you to upload to your cloud drive by dragging files to a special area of the screen, in a similar way to that offered by some online photo sharing tools.  

The desktop app for Windows is a 30 MB download, and according to Virus Total is free of malware.  However, be aware that it doesn't run on Windows XP, and instead requires Vista, 7 or 8.




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by michael clyde dupuy (not verified) on 9. September 2012 - 14:43  (98992)

update -
it would have taken 56 minutes to upload a 330 MB uncompressed file of data in a 7z (stored) state, if i had not uninstalled it. my upload speed is nothing to write home about but, it seems that dropbox's servers were faster than amazon's are. i could be WRONG though.

by michael clyde dupuy (not verified) on 9. September 2012 - 13:52  (98991)

a quote from amazon on sharing your files
To share music you have created yourself or otherwise have all necessary rights to share and distribute, first upload it to Cloud Drive.

Music owned by others, purchased on, or purchased on another music service can't be shared.
[end quote]

by GCH (not verified) on 28. August 2012 - 2:36  (98387)

Yes, I agree with alexxx46 regarding the hefty 30 mb download for a cloud-drive software app. The whole idea of cloud storage is is to operate a leaner system. Moreover, it's apparently not fully PC compatible... The vast base of installed Win XP systems are unable to benefit from the client app - even if they are Amazon Prime members.

by Jorpho (not verified) on 27. August 2012 - 21:50  (98379)

All this chatter about new Cloud Storage keeps ignoring the greatest feature of Dropbox: is no-wait unlimited public hotlinking to stored files allowed?

by alexxx46 on 25. August 2012 - 23:06  (98310)

Amazon does not upload files with Chrome v21.
Firefox v14 OK.
30 mb is too much for such an app IMO. Possibly adware involved?