Google starts charging for extra storage

Just hours after Microsoft rolled out its Skydrive online storage service on Thursday, Google Inc. unveiled pricing for shared online storage available to both Gmail and Picasa, the search giant's Web-based photo and e-mail services.

The new storage space, which Google took pains to stress is in addition to the free allowance for each service (1GB for Picasa, 2.8GB for Gmail), is priced starting at $20 a year for another 6GB. In the first 20 minutes after the paid storage debuted, however, Google sold the 6GB bump for just $1.00 a year; that was quickly changed to $20.

Other plans provide an extra 25GB for $75 annually, 100GB for $250, and 250GB for $500.

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I'm a big fan of Picasa but am still only about 50% into my 1g limit.

shame i missed the 20 minutes offer!

Google's service is more expensive than buying your own harddisk.
I guess the only thing for this access from anywhere capability and protection from physical theft of equipment.

I have setup my machine to accessible from anywhere so I see little use for these online storages.
I rather not give my stuff to a company which is known to data-mine user emails and documents.

What we really need is online storage at affordable prices.

Could you imagine getting 1000 gigs online private storage for just $100 a year. That would be so awsome.

If you have a high-speed internet connection then you can setup a private FTP or even a VPN link to your storage that is accessible from anywhere there is an internet connection.

Shadrack said,
If you have a high-speed internet connection then you can setup a private FTP or even a VPN link to your storage that is accessible from anywhere there is an internet connection.

can you elaborate on this please?

denary said,

can you elaborate on this please?

You basically start your own file server on your home internet connection.. You have as much space as you're willing to spend towards it and world wide web access to the files.

Harreh said,
You basically start your own file server on your home internet connection.. You have as much space as you're willing to spend towards it and world wide web access to the files.
A plus here too is that you could have FTP or alternatively choose your own methods of browser access or whatever you really feel like. Not forced into some 3rd parties interface that may or may not suit you. You also no longer have to deal with file size or file type limitations.

So what happens to those of us who have been using gmail for years and are actually approaching the 2.8Gb limit? I think I'm at about 75% full at the moment and there's no easy way of cleaning up the thousands of emails I've got.
I remember when the limit was only 1Gb and people went over that, nothing happened, you just got a message saying you were at 130% capacity or something but it all still worked, has anyone had any problems with a full gmail account?

No easy way ???

I find it quite easy:

GMAIL -> Inbox -> click "ALL" -> click new link which appears "Select All XYZY conversations in Inbox" -> Click "Delete"
GMAIL -> Trash -> click "ALL" -> click new link which appears "Select All XYZY conversations in Trash" -> Click "Delete Forever"

Problem solved.

Kushan said,
So what happens to those of us who have been using gmail for years and are actually approaching the 2.8Gb limit? I think I'm at about 75% full at the moment and there's no easy way of cleaning up the thousands of emails I've got.
I remember when the limit was only 1Gb and people went over that, nothing happened, you just got a message saying you were at 130% capacity or something but it all still worked, has anyone had any problems with a full gmail account?

Start using local storage. Its getting cheaper these days and you can access Gmail through Outlook or Windows Mail.

I assume once you hit 2.8 you no longer get emails. Anyway as for clearing out...I'm sure its a pig now but if you do it as you read em then you'll never really have too big a issue. Even a weekly spring clean. In any regard if your hitting 2.8gigs you may as well get the extra 6gigs or at least try find some with big attachments you no longer need and delete those messages.

Mr. Dee said,

Start using local storage. Its getting cheaper these days and you can access Gmail through Outlook or Windows Mail.

Exactly. POP the emails into an email client on your computer and save the emails locally. In fact, you should be doing that anyway as a precautionary backup to your gmail just in case:

1. GMail is unavailable and you need to get to information within an email.
2. GMail's storage system is destroyed along with all backups.

If you have more than 2.8gb need on gmail - you'd be better off buying an external hard drive and saving your emails to that.

Neowin's cute... Max space you can store for free in Gmail is now 9GBs...

http://mashable.com/2007/08/09/gmail-going-huge-9000mb/

Anyways I'm getting pretty bored about Neowin... I mean, the main news are just negative propaganda against Microsoft's competing products...

http://neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=41898
http://neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=41886
http://neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=41880
http://neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=41878

Thus not showing news like this:

http://commandline.org.uk/2007/how-to-brin...with-six-words/

Of course that's negative advertising about Microsoft and/or Windows, but who cares anyways, people around here just loves pricking at non-Microsoft products (some of them GPL -- aka free as in Beer and Speech) http://www.neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=41678

Most funny moment was about the Mozilla URI Vulnerability rant, when the full disclosure about the vulnerability got revealed in the main news, that Windows was the one causing it, there was some sort of akward denial...

Azmodan, you're picking a hell of an article to run a rant on. Nowhere in this article is someone (or the summary itself) bashing non-Microsoft products, like this Google offering. It's just a to-the-point factual article stating Google will start allowing people to purchase extra storage space. A good thing about Google. What's your problem? Heck, on that 9 GB thing, it's not even a universal change yet, so plastika may very well be on just 2.88 GB, just like me. Actually, that's the most likely case.

If you have a problem with Microsoft bias on Neowin, Linux bias on Slashdot, or whatever, please pack your gear and move to a thread where the rant is at least on topic.

Jugalator said,
Azmodan, you're picking a hell of an article to run a rant on.
...
I agree with you 100%

Neowin posts news both positive and critical of Microsoft, Apple and others.
Neowin members are varied, and have diverse opinions of these products, and are free to express them.

If Azmodan cannot see this, then I certainly won't miss him/her at all. But perhaps before he/she leaves, a look around at the Apple section, or the Linux section of the site will show how balanced Neowin really is, overall. Heck, we even have a group that is learning Linux by developing a Neowin-sponsored and -hosted distro called Shift Linux.

I mean, the main news are just negative propaganda against Microsoft's competing products...

lol! You must just clearly have a very selective way of reading the news! Haven't you read ANY of the Vista slating articles, that have had all the Vista fanboys frothing at the mouth... or any of the complimentary articles about Apple, etc?

Neowin itself posts a great variety of unbiased articles. I can't say the same for a lot of the users and their comments on those stories though!

Azmodan said,
Neowin's cute... Max space you can store for free in Gmail is now 9GBs...

http://mashable.com/2007/08/09/gmail-going-huge-9000mb/

Anyways I'm getting pretty bored about Neowin... I mean, the main news are just negative propaganda against Microsoft's competing products...

http://neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=41898
http://neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=41886
http://neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=41880
http://neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=41878

Thus not showing news like this:

http://commandline.org.uk/2007/how-to-brin...with-six-words/

Of course that's negative advertising about Microsoft and/or Windows, but who cares anyways, people around here just loves pricking at non-Microsoft products (some of them GPL -- aka free as in Beer and Speech) http://www.neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=41678

Most funny moment was about the Mozilla URI Vulnerability rant, when the full disclosure about the vulnerability got revealed in the main news, that Windows was the one causing it, there was some sort of akward denial...

Wow. When you put it that way it does appear that you are an idiot.

Azmodan said,
Anyways I'm getting pretty bored about Neowin...

This is where your post stopped being helpful and informative and started being an off-topic rant that might be better suited for The Soapbox forum.

Hmm... Personally I don't use Picasa and only Gmail, and I'm miles away from the current 2.8 GB's it's at, but if some have excessive needs I guess this could be useful. It could also be more useful if you want your own mini-harddrive capacity at Google HQ once Google unveils more apps to tie in with this. Because that's surely only a matter of time...