Grab 50GB of free cloud storage space from MediaFire

Do you know what Dropbox, Skydrive, Google Drive, and Box.net all have in common? They don’t give 50GB of free cloud storage. (Okay, you can get 50GB of free storage on Box.net if you fulfill some specific requirements but for the purposes of this poetic introduction, let’s assume that isn’t true.) Do you know what does give 50GB of free cloud storage? MediaFire.

MediaFire, one of the more popular file locker/storage websites, is popular for its fast download — and upload — speeds and well-designed user interface. MediaFire has always had free and paid accounts, offering basic services with the free account. Now MediaFire has upped the ante by giving all free account users 50GB of free cloud storage.

For the grand total of $0 per month, MediaFire is giving users the ability to store up to 50GB of data, the ability to share files and/or folders with others, uncapped download speeds, unlimited simultaneous downloads, ability to create 15 one-time download links a day, and access to MediaFire Express, a program for Windows, Mac, and Linux that allows users to upload files to MediaFire directly from your desktop.

Of course nothing in life is perfect (aside from my wife — I hope she reads this) and MediaFire’s free accounts are no exception. For free users, MediaFire limits file sizes to 200MB, does not allow direct download links (anyone that wants to download your file is first directed to an ad-filled page before they are given the download link), file uploads cannot be done over SSL, and inactive free accounts are deleted (i.e. files will be lost). Plus MediaFire does not offer any syncing capabilities (MediaFire Express allows you to upload files to MediaFire, it does not sync your files), and there doesn’t appear to be any MediaFire apps for mobile devices.

Still, though, despite its drawbacks having 50GB of free cloud storage on a reputable file locker is always a handy thing to have… assuming MediaFire is not hit by the feds like MegaUpload. To get started with MediaFire, hit up the link below.

MediaFire homepage | Registration page

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7 comments

  1. Switch-kun

    These days, I just torrent or go for other file-sharing sites. Sure, some are slow, but other services are pretty decent. Try Zippyshare, they’re pretty reliable, and it’s free! The only downside is after 30 days of inactivity, your file is deleted. So unless someone downloads your file within 30 days, it’ll still be up on their servers.

  2. Mike

    Here is the language that had been pointed to earlier, noting MediaFire’s policy as to discretionary file deletion; I don’t know if this policy now has been modified.

    “MediaFire is not a data warehousing service. Its intended use is for active accounts and active file sharing which may inadvertently result in backups of files being shared. Accounts with large amounts of stagnant data `collecting dust` or accounts with very limited user and sharing activity may, in MediaFire’ sole discretion and without notice, be removed from the Services.”

  3. Mike

    MediaFire had been getting public flack for what was pointed out as a “we can delete your files if we want to” policy, and so I wonder if it has now revised its policy, first to exactly spell out what must be done to avoid file deletion (according to other commenters, this was not the case earlier), and second to add a prior notice policy. Good to see these features now–thanks, Mark, for finding and providing the policy statements, and Mukhi for providing your experience with the service (which is troubling–perhaps service growing pains?)–if not there before.

  4. mukhi

    mediafire free a/c is very good in keeping files as long as you keep accessing your a/c on “regular” basis. now, in my experience, there are “exceptions”. i have seen my files to be deleted w/ regular access and not deleted with substantial inactivity. therefore, reliability issue is present. however, so far this is much better than free a/c of any other server like rapidshare, netload (and the dead megaupload) and others.

  5. Mark

    Thanks for the heads-up!

    Here’s what they say about deleting stuff owing to inactivity:

    “Content is retained in accounts based on account activity and not individual file activity. What this means is your data does not have to be accessed for your account to be considered active. Data is only removed when the account is considered inactive. Different account types have different definitions of account activity or inactivity, see below.

    “Most registered accounts receive a 150 to 300 day grace period of inactivity before being considered for removal. To be considered active, a user only needs to login to their account once during the period or have any image viewed or file downloaded. This shows us the user is still actively using the account. If the account is considered inactive we will send 5 emails over 5 days urging the user to login to their account. By logging in the account is reset to active. While most users receive a 150 to 300 day grace period some users period can be shorter. In all cases the 5 days of notification emails are sent. MediaFire will never remove an individual file from your account for inactivity, we only remove entire accounts.”

    http://www.mediafire.com/policies/data_retention.php

  6. Mike

    As Ashraf notes and if I recall correctly from what I read of what others had found, MediaFire reserves the right to delete a user’s content upon lack of activity–in other words, a fine place to transfer files but not to store them . . . .