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Cloud storage can provide an incredible solution to your limited hard drive space and file-organization nightmares, but it can also be an expensive headache for users who don’t know how to get started. 

As a person who has used and paid for storage through Apple’s iCloud, Dropbox and Google Drive for an extended period — at one point, simultaneously  — I’ve identified all their strengths and quirks so you don’t have to.

Overall, I’ve found Google Drive to be the most versatile, affordable solution of the three, as well as the easiest to use. Here’s why: