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16 TB Cloud Drive from Google Costs $4.1K/Year

Did you know that Google actually sells online storage? Apparently, the company has sold virtual space in the cloud for over two years, allowing consumers to pay a yearly fee to store data. The idea does seem enticing, removing valuable pictures off the hard drive and into a space backed by Google's guarantee.

"People today have more personal data online than ever before," the company wrote in an announcement yesterday. "More and more people are starting to move the bulk of their data off the desktop and into servers "in the cloud," where it's accessible from any computer or mobile device and easily shareable with friends and family."

According to Google, the company is lowering the price of its cloud drives, allowing consumers to purchase 20 GB for $5 USD a year. Google is also providing larger capacities, ranging from 80 GB to a freakish 16 TB. That's right: 16 terabytes of virtual storage for a whopping mind-blowing $4,096 USD a year. That's no joke. Google's 8 TB cloud drive only costs a mere $2,048 per year. that's not chump change.

Currently Gmail (7 GB) and Picasa Web Album (1 GB) users already get free storage, however the purchased drives acts like an overflow; the free space essentially gives customers a few GB more storage for the same price. The cloud drives also seem locked to either Gmail or Picasa Web Album, keeping the content focused on images rather than whatever consumers want to upload.

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  • nicklasd87
    I wonder what effect metered internet usage will have on this...
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  • Interesting idea. I would enjoy having a virtual hard drive to use over the inernet. Just like a partition on a HDD but online on someone's server.
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  • konenavi
    None for me, as far as I know Cox in Phoenix hasn't enabled any bandwidth limitations. If they had I would know by now.
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  • ryanjm
    Yeah but the question is, will they care if I upload my massive porn collection and watch streaming video of gangbangs?
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  • ethanolson
    "More and more people are starting to move the bulk of their data off the desktop and into servers "in the cloud," where it's accessible from any computer or mobile device and easily shareable with friends and family."

    Um... I've moved in the opposite direction.
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  • ethanolson
    ryanjmYeah but the question is, will they care if I upload my massive porn collection and watch streaming video of gangbangs?
    I'll care if your habits cost me money (e.g. the carrier or storage provider ups rates because of overall/average usage).
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  • xaira
    i dont trust the clod, that sidekick incident was warning enough
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  • wood1291
    dood i just bought a 24tb sata nas with 3 years next day for less than 9k. thats way better than havin google hold my junk.
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  • I wouldn't put any incriminating files on the online storage but for normal stuff like music or photo collections it would make a mobile file sharing system. Much easier than Emailing myself files everywhere I go.
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  • fuser
    "16 TB Cloud Drive from Google Costs $4.1K/Year"

    Actually, it costs $4.0K/Year, since $4.00 * 1024 = $4096.00.
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