Video files and ISOs are fairly easy to work with but these files are so large that it’s tough to back them up or transfer them from one computer to another. You can burn DVDs or use external hard drives for backup purposes, but those methods are both time consuming and restrictive. A popular alternative to hardware backup methods is online file storage.
Online storage is convenient for both backup and sharing purposes. On the backup side, online storage tools perform backups automatically. Some storage services even give you unlimited backup space. On the sharing side, online storage tools allow you to share files of any size with anyone in the world.
Unlimited Backups for DVDs and Blu Rays
There are dozens of online backup companies out there, but only a few of them offer unlimited space. This is important because even a small collection of movie files will quickly eat up a limited storage account. Fortunately, there are a couple of companies right now that provide cheap unlimited backup plans.
One of my favorites for movie backups is a company called Zip Cloud. Zip Cloud costs less than $5 a month and it gives you unlimited storage size and no limit on the size of files. You can store literally anything on Zip Clouds’ servers and never be bothered to upgrade or pay more money. The CEO has even stated in interviews that some of his customers store terabytes worth of information with his company.
The main thing to keep in mind with a company like this is that you cannot use it to make room on your hard drive. They can only keep its prices so low by limiting your backups to exactly what you have on your computer. So if you delete half your movies, those files will eventually be removed from their servers as well. Unlimited backup is only intended as a means of preventing data loss.
Sharing Large Video Files Online
Before we get into this one, I want to warn you to be careful. Governments around the world are cracking down on piracy. If you go onto a discussion forum and share your movie collection with the rest of the world, your account might be closed and someone might come after you with a lawsuit. Do not use these file sharing services to send or sell copyrighted material to the general public.
With that out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff. There are a number of online storage providers that allow you to share large files with other people (and with yourself). This comes in handy if you need to transfer movies between computers or if you own something that you think your brother across the world would enjoy.
One company that works well for sharing is JustCloud. This is another unlimited backup service similar to Backblaze except JustCloud allows you to share files with other people. All you have to do is upload the file and then generate a unique download link. But note: the maximum size of one file is 5GB. If you have exceptionally large files, you will need to break them down into smaller parts with HJSplit.
Making Extra Room on Your Computer
As noted above, one of the drawbacks of an unlimited backup plan is that it cannot be used as external storage. If you need to make extra room on your computer, you will need to purchase online storage space by the gigabyte. Companies such as ADrive and IDrive will let you do just that.
However, this is one instance in which I would not recommend online backup. First, it takes a long time to upload a collection of large movie files. One or two movies might not be a problem, but an entire collection of video files will take forever. Second, it gets expensive to purchase enough storage space to store more than a few movies online.
If you need to make more room on your hard drive, your best bet is to pick up an external hard drive. As of mid-2012, external hard drives are running a little less than $100 per TB of storage space. When it comes to large file collections, this is still the cheapest and most convenient way to free up more space on your local drive. Just be sure not to damage your external hard drive. Here are some tips for that.
Thanks to Wes Burns who is a freelance writer for contributing this article. He works closely with OnlineFileStorage.com to provide content and to help visitors find the best storage solutions for their needs.