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What are the best cloud services to backup RAW files?

RAW is a file format that captures all image data recorded by the sensor when you take a photo. Which is compressed or lost in other formats like JPEG. Raw data might not be important to an armature photographer but means everything to a professional photographer.

Processing a Raw file allow photographers to produce higher quality images, better editing potential and also gives them the facility to correct problems (if any). For a professional photographer RAW files are very important, hence should be secured and kept safely somewhere away from hazards & disasters.

The best way to keep RAW files safe is to Back them up onto cloud services. We understand that RAW files are huge and require a lot more space than normal JPEG files. But still the below listed cloud storage services are best for safekeeping your RAW files. Take a look.

The best cloud services to backup RAW files


If you are looking for an easy and simple file-syncing service, then Box is the solution for you. Although its free version offers you 5GB of storage space and for people looking for more space Box offers a more enticing proposition than its free Personal edition. Their paid version starts from $9.99 per month for 25GB and goes as high as $19.99 / mo for 50GB. It works on all platforms i.e. Windows, Mac, Android, BlackBerry and iOS. Except for Linux.


Dropbox is hugely responsible for making ‘cloud storage’ & ‘File syncing’ household terms. It works brilliantly on all platforms i.e. Windows, Mac, Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Linux. Dropbox does have different pricing options. Their free service offers you 2GB of storage, whereas, every referral help you earn an additional 500MB per person, which goes up to 16GB. If you need more space, you can pay

  • $9.99 per month for 100GB (or $99 per year)
  • $19.99 per month for 200GB (or $199 per year)
  • $49.99 per month for 500GB (or $499 per year)

Google Drive

Google Drive’s USP lies in ‘real-time online file collaboration’ that it brings through web apps. Google Drive’s free version offers you 5GB of storage space and for people looking for more space you can pay you

  • $2.49 per month for 25GB or
  • $4.99 per month for 100GB (both these paid plans come with bonus 25 GB space for Gmail).

Other Google Drive plans are

  • $9.99 per month for 200GB
  • $19.99 per month for 400GB
  • $799.99 per month16TB of space .

Skydrive / Onedrive

Skydrive / Onedrive is a cloud service from Microsoft. It has been hosting people’s data since five years, It works on all platforms i.e. Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. Except Linux & Blackberry. It can work on Linux system via ‘Storage Made Easy client’ and via several 3rd party clients for Blackberry.  Everyone who has a Microsoft account gets a SkyDrive / Onedrive account. Every Skydrive / Onedrive account holder gets a 7GB free space

  • $10 a year for 20 GB
  • $25 a year for 50 GB
  • $50 a year for 100 GB

253+ Reviews & Counting

Kip Roof testimonial Kip Roofgoogle photos flickr
PicBackMan does exactly what it's supposed to. It's quick and efficient. It runs unobtrusively in the background and has done an excellent job of uploading more than 300GB of photos to 2 different services. After having lost a lot of personal memories to a hard drive crash, it's nice to know that my photos are safe in 2 different places.
Julia Alyea Farella testimonialJulia Alyea Farella smugmug
LOVE this program! Works better than ANY other program out there that I have found to upload thousands of pictures WITH SUB-FOLDERS to SmugMug! Thank you so much for what you do! :) #happycustomer
Pausing Motion testimonialPausingMotionsmugmug
I pointed PicBackMan at a directory structure, and next time I looked - all the photos had uploaded! Pretty cool. I use SmugMug and while I really like it, the process of creating directories in is pretty laborious when you need to make 80+ at a time. This was a breeze. Thank you!
Gavin Whitham testimonialGavin Whithamflickr
PicBackMan was really easy to setup and has been running for 3 days now backing up all my locally saved photos to Flickr. My photos are really valuable to me so it's great to be able to have them easily backed up to a secure location.
 Jim Griffin testimonialJim Griffinsmugmug
It's AWESOME!! I have tens of thousands of pictures...and they are now successfully uploaded to SmugMug, where they are safely backed up, and I can edit and organize them. If you are hesitating about using PicBackMan, hesitate no longer...try it...and you'll be glad you did!!
Robert testimonialRobertonedrive
I started with the basic plan, went to premium and now on their platinum plan and it's more than worth the price for me. PicBackMan has saved me many tedious hours of effort moving many files between my various cloud and photo site services and my local computers.
Pausing Motion testimonialVladdropbox
I am very satisfied and surprised at the same time with Pic BackMan. The service is very good and useful. I used it to transfer my photos from Dropbox to my Flickr accound. I highly recomment it.
Dave testimonialDavesmugmug
PicBackMan was an answer to many a prayer. How can I get this MASSIVE collection of photos onto a service that cripples uploading? PicBackMan. I uploaded approximately 85,000 photos in less than a month. It would have taken me close to a year to get all of those photos where they needed to go. Nothing short of brilliant.
Barry Graham testimonialBarry Grahamflickr
Great tool for enduring your photos are always safely backed up. I backed up tens of thousands of photos and dozens of videos to Flickr in my 1st couple of months using PicBackMan. Would unreservedly recommend as it works seamlessly and copies your photos to Flickr in sets which reflect your folders.
Achal Gupta testimonialAchal Guptaflickr
This is a fantastic piece of software! I wanted to backup 100+ gigs worth of original sized photos to Flickr and after trying many many tools, PickBacMan was the one that finally worked. It worked flawlessly for 10 straight days uploading all my photos without a single error/ timeout/ crash. Absolutely amazing! I didn't try the other premium features but the ability to replicate stuff across multiple...