Need more storage for your tiny netbook hard drive? Not enough
space on your iPhone for all your music? ZumoDrive promises to
solve conundrums like these by keeping your files in the cloud but
making them accessible in real-time, just as though they were
local. In other words, it’s a virtual hard drive that lives
When you install the Windows client, ZumoDrive adds this virtual
drive to your system, complete with prefab folders for music,
photos, and documents. Just drag and drop your stuff to one of
these folders (or create new ones–remember, the virtual drive
works just like a regular drive) to copy it to the ZumoDrive
From there, you can access those files in any Web browser or on
any PC that has the ZumoDrive client installed. There’s also a free
iPhone app that lets you retrieve documents, photos, and music
(which you can stream over 3G, EDGE, or Wi-Fi–a great workaround
for memory-crunched devices). An Android version is coming
You can get a free ZumoDrive account that includes 1GB of
storage–enough for a smattering of files, but insufficient for
most photo and MP3 collections. Plans start at $3 per month for
10GB of storage and range up to $80 monthly for 500GB.
I’m still test-driving ZumoDrive, but so far I really like the
service. It’s a snap to set up and use, and it does solve the
problem of storage-challenged PCs and iPhones.
Of course, if all you want is online storage, you can get 25GB absolutely free from Windows Live
SkyDrive. But it doesn’t work as a virtual drive, which is the
core of ZumoDrive’s appeal.
Note: The client software is free; the service comes in
different plans. The 1GB plan is free, and others range from $3 to
$80 per month. The price reflected here is for the 1GB plan.