Protect Your RapidShare Data

Do you have files stored on RapidShare?  If so move them off immediately.  RapidShare is no longer allowing unlimited free storage.  They are cutting back to 5 GB of free space per user.  Worse yet if you don’t upgrade to a paid account your data will be automatically deleted.  If you need a place to move the data there are several alternatives that offer free online storage space.  Including Google, Microsoft, Amazon and many others.

RapidShare data deletion

It looks like you have until the beginning of April to purchase more storage from RapidShare.  Otherwise you need to move your files off immediately.  They will be sending out warning emails and then deleting the data.  Each user will get 5 GB of free storage.  The confusing part is knowing what data they’ll delete if you’re currently storing more than 5 GB.  Regardless we suggest you move the data off to protect it and then plan for the future.

There are a few Usenet providers that offer free storage to members.  Including NewsDemon, NewsgroupDirect and Giganews.  If you use any of those services then visit their sites and see if you’re eligible for free storage.  Otherwise as we mentioned above there are plenty of options out there to choose from.

Free Online Storage for Usenet Downloads

Last week’s launch of Google Drive got us thinking about online storage for Usenet.  A topic we’ve written about in the past as providers like NewsDemon, NewsgroupDirect and Giganews offer storage as part of their Usenet packages.  Now a days though it’s getting easier to find free online storage in larger amounts.  With services like Google, Mocrosoft, Apple, Amazon, Dropbox, Mozy and SugarSync offering free online backup space.

If your Usenet provider offers secure online storage then by all means take advantage of that first.  Some might also consider backing up their content to Usenet.  While that is certainly an option we prefer these solutions.  As they allow you to store your Usenet downloads and personal files securely without having to post them.

Free online storage offered by Usenet providers:

  • NewsDemon – 30 GB storage with Usenet and newsreader for $9.99 a month
  • NewsgroupDirect – 30 GB storage with Usenet and client for $16 a month
  • Giganews – 30 GB storage with Usenet, client and VPN for $34.99 a month

Those using other Usenet services can look elsewhere for online storage.  As several well known vendors offer free space to backup your files online.  Offering the advantage of safely storing your Usenet downloads along with access from anywhere and in many cases the ability to publicly or privately share your files.

Here are several online backup services that offer free storage.  Listed in alphabetical order:

We could list more free storage offers but these are some good options to get you started.  Please let us know if we missed any of your favorite services.  Otherwise you can grab around 50 GB of online space from those listed above.  The free storage amounts listed are baseline.  Several offer promotions for more free space.

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