It can be difficult to decide what kind of cloud storage is right for you, given the massive oversaturation of products available to choose from.  It depends on which operating system you use most frequently, the types of files you like to upload, and any number of other factors. For example, if you spend most of your day using other Google cloud services such as gmail or Google docs, Google drive is probably going to be your best bet.  Meanwhile if you have an iPhone and a macbook, it probably makes more sense to go with iCloud While each service has its advantages and disadvantages, some storage platforms are cheaper than others. We will mostly be examining the 1TB plans, as these are the most common size purchased for individuals.

Google Drive, and Dropbox both offer 1TB of storage for $9.99 per month, while One Drive comes in a little cheaper at $7.99 for the same period.  iCloud is by far the most expensive, costing $19.99 for a Terabyte of space, and capping it at that, whereas all the other solutions listed have larger options available.  Google Drive and OneDrive offer the most storage space for free, but it’s not much. You get 15GB of storage without having to pay Google; Dropbox only offers 2GB and iCloud only offers 5GB.  Interestingly, while being the cheapest option for 1TB, Microsoft throws in an Office 365 subscription with that price, which is a great deal considering the cheapest subscription is $6.99 themselves.  

 

If you’re a true data horde and are looking for extremely high capacity storage options, Google Drive offers 10-, 20-, and 30-terabyte options for $99.99, $199.99, and $299.99, respectively, per month.  It’s worth adding as a footnote that all cloud storage have been known to have issues syncing sometimes with their local directories, causing file duplication, corruption, or even complete deletion. Due to this, while having a cloud backup is a fantastic idea, it’s highly recommended you keep a local backup as well to prevent syncing issues from damaging your files.