HiDrive Free, a cloud-based service from STRATO, one of Europe's top web hosts, launched in the U.S. market on January 20 offering users five gigabytes (GB) of free online storage. With HiDrive Free, users can back up their data at a central location, as well as access and share it from any Internet-enabled device in a safe and secure environment. Users can sign up for a HiDrive Free account to start storing and sharing at www.free-hidrive.com.

"With HiDrive Free, a new online storage opportunity enters the cloud from which users benefit from plenty of storage space to save important documents, holiday pictures or music collections. In short, everything of value that should not get lost. And the best thing is - it's free," said Damian Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer of STRATO.

"Normally, data is bound to the medium on which it is stored. But anyone who uses HiDrive Free for storing data can access it anytime and anywhere - at home, at work, or on the move via a mobile device."

Data stored with HiDrive Free can be accessed via a web browser or through the HiDrive App, which is available for Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone 7 devices. The HiDrive Free service can also be mounted on to a user's computer like a local drive and supports Microsoft Windows®, Mac and Linux.

HiDrive Free employs strict safety measures, where data is stored in STRATO's certified and secure data centre in Germany which is governed by German data privacy law - one of the strictest in the world in terms of data protection.

With five GB of free storage, HiDrive Free has plenty of space for photos, documents, music and movies. Additionally, HiDrive Free includes the option for sharing data; users can easily create and send links to friends, family and colleagues. To stay up-to-date with the latest news about HiDrive Free, visit social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and/or on the company blog at www.free-hidrive.com/blog.

Pricing and Availability

HiDrive Free is available in the U.S. market, and signing up for an account is easy and free of advertising, even in the free package. New users simply visit www.free-hidrive.com and enter basic information including email address, username and password. If users want more storage space, additional sharing features, and ways to access their HiDrive account, premium packages are also available, ranging from 100 up to 500 GB of storage space. HiDrive 100 costs approximately $13 per month* and HiDrive 500 is priced at approximately $40 per month*. Premium packages offer users more sharing options including file upload via email or web form and additional protocols like SMB/CIFS and rsync for professional use.

Prices charged in EURO:

HiDrive 100 is charged at 9.90 Euros per month and HiDrive 500 at 29.90 Euros per month.

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