I recently received a message saying that Google Documents was now allowing all file formats to be stored on its server. The price seemed reasonable: free for 1 GB, $5.00/year for 20 GB, etc. After further investigation, I learned that Microsoft’s Windows Live SkyDrive offers 25 GB for free, with the disadvantage that files must be 50MB or less.
I have always recommended using multiple storage options and an online service would be another way to ensure that my photos are not lost to hard drive crashes, etc.
Currently my photos are stored on my computer and on an external hard drive. I have some CDs but am not currently transferring photos to these discs due to cost their low capacity.
I know that there are other services: Mozy, Carbonite, and others will allow you to backup your photos for about $5.00/month. I have never wanted to commit myself to an ongoing maintenance fee and free or even $5.00/year seems a lot better than $5.00/month.
My plan is to initially store videos and StoryBooks on Google since these have relatively large file sizes. My StoryBooks are about important events, and if I have these files I can always reprint the pages. I am also concerned about saving videos since Youtube and Facebook are not preservation strategies, and these videos are not yet part of my StoryBooks.
I have included a poll with this posting and would love to know if you are using online backup services and what your thoughts are.