The competition for data storage has now begun because AOL has finally released a free 5GB to their users. Anyone can signup for the service on the Xdrive site but I am sure a lot of people are still going to be skeptical just because the name AOL is attached to it.

I decided to give it a try anyways and see what they had to offer. I definitely like the interface because it is easy to follow and you can find what you are looking for very quickly. The thing that makes me love the service the most would have to be the applications that they have to offer that integrates it into Windows.

Their desktop software has a lot of great features:

  • Easy to use Backup Smart Pick Options
  • Schedule multiple automated backups
  • Access Xdrive through Windows Explorer
  • Manage and share folders and files
  • Drag and drop folders and files
  • Open and save files directly from applications
  • In-product help and user-friendly wizards
  • Skip the Download plugin included

They also have a web browser plug-in that will let you download things straight to your Xdrive account by using an option in your right-click menu. I thought that would be pretty cool but I quickly got disappointed when I found out that it is only available for Internet Explorer.

An alternate solution to download content directly from the web is available but it isn’t as easy. You have to copy and paste the desired URL into a text box in order to initiate the download. It’s still nice for people who don’t use Internet Explorer.

I’m still not quite sure whether I would use this on a regular basis but I have been pondering the idea of using this for sharing files with my friends and family. Xdrive has an option that will let you share a folder with certain people that you choose. I’ll have to play around with it a little more to find out how much I really like it.

Thanks for the tip Jeff!