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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month 335

Posted by timothy
from the even-I-can-do-that-math dept.
SmartAboutThings writes "Up until today, I always had the impression that cloud storage was pretty expensive and I'm sure that many will agree with me. It's a good thing that some bright minds over at Google have the same impressions as they now have drastically discounted the monthly storage plans on Google Drive. The new monthly storage plans and their previous prices are as follows: $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99), and $99.99 for 10TB.The 2 dollar plan per month means that the price for a gigabyte gets down to an incredibly low price of only two cents per month."
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

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  • Amazon Glacier (Score:5, Interesting)

    by hawguy (1600213) on Thursday March 13, 2014 @03:11PM (#46475853)

    If you're looking for long-term archival storage, Amazon Glacier [amazon.com] is a pretty good deal at a $0.01/GB. I backed a few hundred GB's of data there and it's only costing me a few dollars/month. Restores will cost money, but if my house burns down and I lose my NAS + backups, I won't mind paying them a few hundred dollars to restore my data to a hard drive and ship it to me [amazon.com]. Does Google Drive provide a way to ship your data on a hard drive? It would take me days or weeks to download data over my currrent internet connection (assuming I don't hit my ISP's data cap)

  • by PopeRatzo (965947) on Thursday March 13, 2014 @03:31PM (#46476085) Homepage Journal

    Do you carry your SATA drive around with you wherever you go and attach it to every computer you use?

    Yeah, there's a portable SSD in my bag, with eSATA and USB. There's a couple of 64gb SD cards in there too.

    It's smaller than my smartphone and a lot more sturdy. It sits in one of those little slots on the side. Never had a problem with it.

    I've had enough of trusting companies like Google to always have a particular service available and to keep their snoots out of my stuff.

    On the other hand, if a company that doesn't data mine, and encrypts all data and does not acquiesce to NSA requests, then we can do business. But not for free or cheap because of data mining. I don't like F2P. I don't want anything for free. I don't trust anything that's being offered to me for free or for cheap. It just means the true price is hidden and that's creepy.

  • Linux client (Score:4, Interesting)

    by dlenmn (145080) on Thursday March 13, 2014 @03:34PM (#46476113) Homepage

    Now, if only they would make a Linux client. Then, I might use it. Until then, Dropbox all the way!

  • by CCarrot (1562079) on Thursday March 13, 2014 @04:02PM (#46476449)

    Seriously. This "article" reads more like an ad. $120/year for 1 TB is more than 9 times what I'd pay for 5 years of a 1 TB internal SATA.

    There are several problems with the whole "cloud" thing:

    - I can buy a few terabytes of local storage for the same or less than paying Google
    - Google constantly changes things (features, terms of service, etc) and if you don't like it, tough shit
    - Encrypted or not, you have no control over your own data, they do
    - ISPs severely throttle upload speeds. Getting a few terabytes into the cloud will take a really long time

    Ah, if only...

    Unfortunately, the biggest problem with Google Drive is that they don't provide any upload throttling at all [google.com].

    So...post a folder of pictures to your drive account, then go do something else for a couple of hours, because your internet is useless until Google's done hogging all of your bandwidth...funny, DropBox had this figured out right from the start, yet after over two years of customer complaints, Google still hasn't figured out how to implement this.

  • by lister king of smeg (2481612) on Thursday March 13, 2014 @04:38PM (#46476875)

    Do you carry your SATA drive around with you wherever you go and attach it to every computer you use?

    I used to carry my 2 TB drive with me everywhere until I built my own ssh/sftp server now it is anywhere that has internet and can be accsesed form a tablet with no sata port.

  • by viperidaenz (2515578) on Thursday March 13, 2014 @08:21PM (#46478941)

    Add 50 watts of power 24/7 for a low-power server to the equation and you've added $420 over 5 years. There's your $600.

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