Back up your data
The site Free space Best for...
Google Drive 5GB Documents, because the interface makes it easy to edit them
Amazon Cloud Drive 5GB Music, since you can play your stored tunes on any device with Amazon Cloud Player
Dropbox 2GB Photos, because the site offers a viewer and makes it easy to share albums
Microsoft SkyDrive 7GB Microsoft Office projects that you use from multiple computers, because the site syncs automatically
SugarSync 5GB Documents you're collaborating with others on, since you can password-protect files

You could drop $100-plus on an external hard drive to back up your PC or $30 a year for 25 gigabytes of space on websites that offer cloud storage.

A cheaper choice? Most of the storage sites in the table on the right provide around five gigabytes of room gratis. So open accounts on a few of them and cobble together a completely free system. The disadvantage is that your data are spread out, but you can download a free app from to help manage it all.

  @Money - Last updated August 07 2012 05:02 PM ET
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