Orbitfiles Offers Six Gigs of Free Online Storage

It seems that the Web 2.0 thing to do is to primarily use web-based applications, preferring them over programs that you actually have to install on your home computer. Not only does this make it more convenient — so you can access and manipulate your stuff no matter where you are in the world — it’s usually much more economical, because online solutions like WordPress, Google Documents, and web-based email are usually free. Yeah, you can’t beat that kind of pricing.

For today’s ReviewMe review, we’re taking a look at Orbitfiles.com, a website that offers free online storage of all your documents, photos, music, videos, and whatever other files you want to be able to access from anywhere. It also makes for a great backup solution in case your home computer goes down the crapper.

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Up to Six Gigabytes for Free

With unlimited bandwidth and virtually unlimited transfer speeds (dictated primarily by your internet connection), Orbitfiles makes it easy to maximize those six gigabytes of free online disk space. The main restriction to the free “Platon” plan is that the individual file size is limited to 100MB, so you won’t be able to stash a high-quality home video, for example. Moreover, if you want to share your files with your friends, you have to purchase “traffic” for those visitors.

By contrast, there is the much bigger “Zeus” plan that costs only $20 per year, upping the ante to 70GB of disk storage and increasing the maximum individual file size to 1024MB (1GB). This plan also allows for direct downloads.

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A minor detail that I have to point out, though, is that the people at Orbitfiles don’t seem to understand the difference between bits and bytes. Each byte (capital B) consists of eight bits (lower-case b), but when they tell you that the free Platon plan has 6Gb, what they mean is 6GB. I know, I’m nit-picking, but it’s something that they should definitely fix in the site’s documentation.

Layout and Ease of Use

Plenty of white space, but also a whole lot of text, the Orbitfiles site layout feels a little cluttered to me, especially with the third column on the far right dedicated solely to a Google Adsense skyscraper. That ad spot feels tacked on and utterly unnecessary. I understand that they want to monetize the site, but I’d be more comfortable with a banner at the top.

If you’re making use of the online tool, you can only upload one file at a time. This can also be a bit of a pain, particularly if you have many small files to backup. Luckily, there is the free Hercules Uploader, a desktop tool that lets you drag and drop entire folders at a time. Unfortunately, this is only available for Windows-based systems at this time, so Mac and Linux users are restricted to the web-based tool.

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The interface isn’t exactly the prettiest in the world, but it works. It’s also a little strange that when you’re navigating through your stored files, it does not display the name of the current folder, but rather one level above that.

The Orbitfiles FAQ is very extensive and answers many of the questions you may have about the service, whether you are opting for the free 6GB option (as most people undoubtedly will) or the $20 Zeus plan for 70GB of online storage. Like most other web-based companies, Orbitfiles also has a company blog to keep you up to date on what they’re doing, including the mobile version of the site.

Orbitfiles Helps You Make Money Online

This is John Chow dot Com, after all, so you knew that making money online had to have something to do with this review. Well, in addition to granting you access to your entire photo collection and other pertinent files through an online tool, Orbitfiles also has an automatic affiliate program that gives you 10 cents for each member you sign up. No, it’s not a lot of money, but you’ve got to start somewhere right?

 

 

 

The above widget says that you get 1 gig, but they have recently upgraded that to the six gigs I’ve been mentioning throughout this review. Go on, sign on up.


47 thoughts on “Orbitfiles Offers Six Gigs of Free Online Storage”

  1. Jonix says:

    Well, this time i’m the first to review the review :mrgreen:
    I liked this one. This can be a very good online tool. Specially if i’m traveling and need access certain files, i could use something like this.

    But allways have to think in the old question: “What about privacy???”, the administrators of such tool allways will have access to the files. If we care about important files, something like this could never be used to store the files or copies of the files.

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      That’s always the concern with services like this. Just don’t let big brother catch you with you backing up your anti-Bush material.

      1. Gath says:

        Yeah, just use it to store your extra porn.

        1. is there such thing as ‘extra’ porn? 😯

      2. Marc says:

        Especially for Canadians… While we’re fairly sheltered from the Patriot Act up here, as soon as we send our data down there, it’s subject to whatever laws there are. Including the Patriot Act.

        1. What? Do you have any idea what the PATRIOT Act really is, or, like way too many Americans, are you just in some sort of paranoia bubble? Unless you’re involved in terrorism or money-laundering or some such, your data will be just fine; most of the Act applies to people, not data, and pictures of your kids at a pizza party and emails to your aunts and uncles are not yet considered materiel of terrorism. Yes, kind of hard to believe in this evil fascist Big Brother-led hellhole that is the United States of America, but it’s true. Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s about time for me to march lockstep down to City Hall for my latest assignments from the wise one. Or something.

    2. DanyO says:

      Seems to me that online storage is making a comeback. I remember back in the late 90’s a lot of them popped up, giving away a few hundred megs, or a gig. pretty much all of them are gone by now. On the other hand, my trusty thumbdrive is fast, secure, private, and it follows me everywhere.

      1. James says:

        I would prefer a thumbdrive also. Until recently, I did not have access to the internet at work. Online tools are difficult to use in that case.
        A thumbdrive loaded with Portable Apps is something that would let you take your files and programs (or at least some) with you and have it usable on nearly any computer even without an internet connection.

        1. Alex says:

          Mr Bush is watching you 😈

  2. Dave says:

    I’d be nervous to put my files on an online storage thing. I don’t want them on the net…

    1. Same here man. 😎

    2. Marc says:

      It all depends on the content of the files. I’ve got lots of personal stuff that I’d never put there, but I also have a lot of work material that really makes no difference if it’s seen by the public. Presentations for example. I usually toss those up on my webspace to make them portable, but something like this would be a nice intermediary, saving my webspace for more important things 🙂

  3. Filelodge was a service that I used. They went under and I lost a lot of files with them…Anywho, it’s always good to use those kind of services if all else fails.

    1. Marc says:

      Excellent point to raise. With so many competitors in the space, some are bound to fail. Your hard learned lesson is a good one for us to know about.

  4. Gath says:

    Well, if you need this sort of thing (and it can be great when you are travelling) then it’s not bad. Box.net charges $7.95 for 5GB (or 1GB free), so Orbitfiles is cheaper than them.

  5. Nenad Ristic says:

    Thanks for the review. I have been looking for a nice online backup solution, and I think I will give this one a shot.

  6. Greg Stratz says:

    this looks intresting. I will be checking them out.

  7. Looks easy enough.

  8. That’s alot of space to-and-fro. But like the rest, I wonder about privacy as well.

  9. Of course, if you have a decent host with enough space, such deals just don’t make sense, as you are already paying once for the space. Another reason to get your own webhosting space. You can use it as a backup.

    1. To be fair, good luck finding a hosting provider that’ll give you 70 gigs of disk space for anywhere near $20 a year. I think this sounds like a pretty valuable service for many people.

      However, no Mac client (for shame!) means that it looks like I personally will stick to backing up to local hard drives for the time being. I believe many other services like this allow you to mount the shared space as a WebDAV volume, a completely platform-agnostic solution. Orbitfiles, if you’re reading this, perhaps you should look into it.

      1. You haven’t checked Dreamhost’s latest deals have you? $7.95 for a year for 164.6 GB, so if you already host, why spend more?

        If you don’t have a website, this wouldn’t make sense, though.

        Kenneth

        1. Marc says:

          That’s a good point too. I used to be tight on space on my hosting package, but since I’ve upgraded I only just realised that I’ve got well over 150GB to spare…

        2. It’s you who needs to do the checking, brother. Their price is $7.95 per month, and only if you pay a year in advance — so $95.40 a year. You could get almost five of these Orbitfiles accounts for that price.

          1. I’m sorry i forgot to add the per month part. My bad. Not intentional oversight.

            However, what I’m saying: if you already have a hosting package for a website, say at Dreamhost or wherever else, you can download or purchase syncback software or something similar and piggy back your own file back up onto their servers. It’s your space after all.

            And at 164GB, that’s a lot of piggy backing. Plus, they do do backups. So… it’s certainly worth considering…. IF YOU ALREADY HOST a website. But if you don’t, then such a deal as the one above might be worth it… I said, might… not so convinced about it. I certainly get the full value of my package plus some, and I have hardly touched the space allotted to me!

            Kenneth

  10. Piggy says:

    yea ill definitely check it out. thanks for the review john

  11. Chris Chen says:

    Who the heck has the time or desire to ever upload anything remotely close to 6gb of files??

    1. Gath says:

      Home movies?

  12. Bret says:

    It sounds like a good deal; however, based on some of the above comments, I am not alone in my of lack trust for such a service. I truly like the concept, but can’t get past my slight feelings of paranoia. Whoa, was that a black helicopter flying over my house. 😕 Seriously, if you need a temporary location for non-critical data, then a service such as this one makes perfect sense.

  13. Matt Jones says:

    Thanks the review John that looks really useful 🙂

  14. It’s always good to learn about online data storage alternatives, especially something that is accessible and virtually free. 😀

  15. jhay says:

    Do I really need 6GB of online storage? 😉

    Anyways, it’s a good new service, they could use some tweaks in the design though.

  16. James says:

    Thinking about this, I wonder if it might be a good place to backup a WordPress blog to.
    That might be useful.

  17. Tyler Ingram says:

    John perhaps they really do mean Gb and not GB 😉

    As for people offering large amounts of storage, its doable because the price of it is pretty cheap. Also they probably oversell a lot. I know the web hosting industry does it. They say you get 150GB of storage or 100GB of bandwidth but really they might only have the ability to offer say 150GB to everyone, but they try and gauge what traffic people will pull (some sites will pull more, some less) and oversell their bandwidth/storage because their users might not ever get up to that.

    Ok it’s early and I’m tired…

  18. jem5 says:

    John-this was a good one, lots of utility….does anyone know if there is a list of these services somewhere?

    Living the evil…
    😈

  19. Amanda says:

    Thats actually a pretty cool program

  20. I’ve thought about it and I might just use Orbitfiles purely for back-up — there’s no harm in that, right?

  21. christian says:

    Filezilla is a free ftp app. that you can use to move folders around. Cheers.

  22. 6GB is a lot of pace

    1. Alex says:

      I think they could build on that, especially on the 100 Mb rule they have for a single upload

  23. 6GB could be huge for some; not to mention portability, accessibility, and storage convenience — it’s an awesome all-in-one deal. 💡

  24. Piggy says:

    wonder how long it takes to upload 100gigs?

  25. I have used the program and like it so far.

  26. Mr. Red says:

    I love the concept for buying visitors to your medi, for an band that would bring some serious exposure, or even videos for that facta 3.5mb file would go to 300 people for 5$

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