Cloud storage has become so popular, it’s now common for personal computer users to have multiple online-storage accounts.
But like managing multiple email accounts, keeping track of your Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and other accounts can be difficult. Here are three services that can help.
Like chips, you can’t have just one
There are many good reasons for using cloud storage. Services such as Amazon, Dropbox, Google, and Microsoft provide a safe place for storing important documents and files. And cloud storage lets you — and anyone to whom you give permission — access those files from anywhere. You need only a connection to the Internet. Most online-storage services also make synching files between your various digital devices completely automatic.
There are various reasons many of us end up with more than one cloud-storage account. In some cases, online storage is deeply integrated into the applications we use. For example, Microsoft’s OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) is the default document location for Office 2013. And Google Docs lives exclusively in Google Drive.
But another reason we might have multiple accounts is because each cloud-storage provider provides a limited amount of free storage space — generally 2GB (Dropbox) to 15GB (Google Drive). Getting more storage space on any one service requires a paid subscription. But having several online accounts means remembering where you put your data.
To make that management task easier, cloud-storage managers offer a single interface and sign-in for accessing all your online-storage accounts. Some managers also offer additional features, such as collaboration tools and the ability to move files between accounts.
For this article, I took a look at three of the more popular cloud-storage managers: CloudFuze, Otixo, and Primadesk. All three are primarily paid subscriptions, though the first two offer free trials and Primadesk has a limited, free edition. If there are worthy managers that are completely free, I didn’t find them.