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Photographers Rejoice! Google Drive’s 1TB Storage Drops to $9.99/mo

By fotosiamo on March 13th 2014

Google Drive

When it comes to photography, one of the most important part of our workflow is backing up our images. Luckily, large capacity hard drive prices have plummeted in the last several years, making it easy to store terabytes worth of images for a few hundred dollars.



Online or cloud storage is also a great way to back up your images, and it allows you to share and collaborate with your team and clients. Additionally, if something were to happen to your physical drive (lost, damaged, stolen, etc.) or you happen to not have your drive with you, you can still view and download your images or RAW files from online. Many services even allow you to sync your files as you work on them locally.

The popular options right now include Dropbox, Microsoft’s One Drive (formerly Sky Drive), Copy, and Google Drive. Dropbox seems to be the most popular choice among the photographers and creatives that I’ve worked with, but there is now a very, very good reason why I think Google Drive will trump Dropbox and the other competitors.

One Terabyte Cloud Storage for $9.99/Mo

Effective today, you can sign up for a massive 1 terabyte (TB) of space with Google Drive for only $9.99/mo. This is pretty amazing considering that Dropbox charges $49.99/mo for only 500GB of storage and OneDrive charges $8.33/mo for 200GB.

Additionally, you can opt for even more storage space on Google Drive from 10 TB of space for $99.99/mo to 30 TB of space for $299.99/mo.

Google Drive Storage Plan

The only caveat that I noticed with Google Drive is that you do share that storage space with your Gmail attachments and Google + photos. Luckily, Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides created in Google Drive do not count against your storage.

As for images on Google+, “only photos bigger than 2048×2048 pixels use up your storage. Everything smaller than that is free.”

Cloud Sync with Google Drive Desktop App

Finally, just like Dropbox, you can sync your online content and different folders on your computer by installing the Google Drive desktop app. This makes it easy to incrementally back up your files and images.

What do you think? If you’re a current client with Dropbox or another service, is this worth switching to? Share your thoughts below.


Joe is a fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Orlin Nikolov

    I’ll switch to google drive only if they pay me to ;)

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  2. Ryan

    What benefit does something like google drive or dropbox offer over crashplan?

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    • fotosiamo

      You also gain the ability to collaborate your files/share your files online as you choose to

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  3. Kim

    A good step into right direction from Google again but they will have to try a little bit harder [for photographers] as they are now just $9.99 more expensive than Flickr for one TB of storage. Although for purer sync options Google wins as you can sync folders not just photos and that would be a big plus for some.
    Nice to see more for the big companies respond to lowering cloud storage prices all the same.

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  4. Dave

    I don’t get this. This is horribly expensive. I have web space, THAT I CONTROL, with my web host and my storage space is UNLIMITED for $8 a month.

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    • Ahmad Amin

      Unlimited for a web hosting doesn’t actually mean unlimited when it comes to all web host (BlueHost, HostGator, etc). If you start occupying too much space they will block you.

      So you if you start hosting all your raw files it’s going to be a problem.

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    • Jacob Jexmark

      $10/mo for 1TB can only be expensive if you are poor…

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  5. Ahmad Amin

    I think all your links in the article to external sites Drive, Dropbox, etc are missing the http:// before the link.

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