Firedrive Review

Get 20 GB of Free Cloud Storage with Firedrive

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Note: Firedrive is no longer in service as of October, 2014.

I recommend MEGA (50 GB) as a replacement for Firedrive, as it has nice features and offers a large amount of free file storage. See this list of other free cloud storage services for more alternatives to Firedrive.

Firedrive (formerly Putlocker) is a free cloud storage service that offers 20 GB of space to every user.

You can find some nice sharing options with Firedrive like password protected links, a public drop box folder, and the ability to share files with group members.

Firedrive Features

Every Firedrive user gets 20 GB at at no cost when they sign up. Unfortunately, there aren't any methods of earning more free space, so free users max out at 20 GB.

Pros:

  • 20 GB of space for free users
  • Make an unlimited number of groups to easily share files with other Firedrive members
  • Upload multiple files at once through a web browser
  • Load a file from a remote URL
  • Create one-time download links
  • Upload videos and pictures from a mobile device
  • FileDrop folders can be built for uploading files to your account without logging on
  • Share files and whole folders with non-users
  • Can upload files over FTP
  • Able to view 150+ file formats without downloading them
  • Option to password protect shared data
  • Files don't get removed after a specified time period*

Cons:

  • Doesn't support whole folder uploads through a browser
  • Can not earn more free storage space
  • No dedicated application for mobile devices or desktop computers
  • Only 5 one-time share links can be created per day
  • 1 GB file size restriction for uploads

*Note: While it's true that free accounts don't have a cancellation countdown, those that don't log on often enough or have files that aren't downloaded regularly could be terminated. However, you'll receive an email if your account is pending removal, from where you can intervene and take action to prevent termination.

File Sharing with Firedrive

There're a few ways to share files and folders using Firedrive.

One way is by using email. You can right-click any file or folder and choose to share over email. This lets you enter the recipient's address and a short message describing the file. The link to the download will be sent to them, not the file itself.

Files can also be shared with groups. You can select any existing group or make another to send the file to the other members.

One-time download links can be created too, where the link expires after someone downloads it once.

In addition to the above, you can simply copy the public link so anyone who accesses the URL can download or stream data.

You can also make a password protected file or folder so anyone with access must know the password you've specified.

The public upload feature, called FileDrop, lets you specify a username and password (up to 5) so only those credentials can upload files to your account, or you can set the access to public.

Firedrive Applications

Firedrive allows FTP uploads (more information is found in your account settings), but there aren't any desktop or mobile applications available that upload files directly to your account.

A Chrome extension called Firedrive for Gmail lets you upload files to your account and then send the share link over Gmail, but it's not really a method that should be used for simply uploading files to Firedrive.

There is also a browser add-on for Firefox and Chrome that lets users upload other files found online directly into Firedrive without having to first download and then re-upload the file.

Firedrive has a mobile-optimized website so you can view your files on the go and upload new photos and videos. You can view files, share folders and files, and upload new media like pictures and video files.

While files are being uploaded, you can browse through the other files from your account and even see the progress of currently uploaded data.

Firedrive Limitations

Firedrive's mobile website isn't as feature-filled as the desktop browser experience. You're able to copy a public link but there isn't a password protection option, for instance, and no room to create a custom message when sending files over email.

When uploading to your account with an FTP client, you can not create new folders or view the files you've uploaded via a browser. The only files you can see are ones that you've uploaded over FTP. However, if you move the FTP-uploaded files to another folder while using a web browser, the files disappear from the FTP portal (but not from your account).

When you upload files to Firedrive, they can not exceed 1 GB in size.

Note: You should only use the FTP upload function as an easy way to send files to your Firedrive account, but not as a continual solution for accessing your data. That's what the browser version is for.

My Thoughts on Firedrive

Apart from the fact that Firedrive is super simple to use, it's wonderful you can get 20 GB of free space.

It's too bad Firedrive doesn't have a desktop application for uploading files, but using a browser really isn't too terrible. Also, given that you can upload with an FTP client sort of makes up for this inconvenience.

However, FTP transfers, as I mentioned above, isn't a very good method of accessing your files. While testing it out, I realized just how strange it was because you're unable to see all your files and you can't make new directories. In my opinion, it's a bit pointless unless you're extremely opposed to uploading files through a browser. 

The FileDrop features is really nice if a friend doesn't have a Firedrive account but they wish to send you large files. You can just share the FileDrop folder link when them, they can upload the files without signing in, and they are submitted directly to the folder you've specified. It's actually a really nice option.

Overall, I'd easily recommend Firedrive to anyone looking for a free online storage solution that offers a good amount of space.