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I am looking for free, one-click hosting services that retain files indefinitely, even if they are not downloaded over a long period, meaning that don't have any "expiration date" on uploaded files.

I know there are file-hosting services that offer one-click uploading, so I don't have to bother with registering - I just want to upload one zip and be done with it. The problem is, with many of these services the files expire after a while, and I couldn't quite put my finger on what services maintain the file indefinitely (at least, until they shut down) and have good reputation.

I already know of the following:

http://www.megaupload.com
The following though only works if one has a premium account

  • Files larger than 1024 MB
  • Concurrent downloads
  • No expiration (anonymous users get 21 days and registered users get 90 days)

http://www.mediafire.com
As in the previous case, the following only works if one has a Pro account

  • Files larger than 200 MB (Image files no larger than 25MB)
  • Files have no expiration as long as one logs into their account for free accounts

http://www.badongo.com
Needs a pro account for keeping files indefinitely

The most favourable one seems to be MediaFire except for the size restriction and the registration needed.

Can anyone recommend a similar service that retains files indefinitely without prior registration, preferably listing their personal experience?

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"Forever" is a heavy word to use as nothing lives forever... (avoid using those for serious backup reasons) –  Saxtus Nov 11 '10 at 14:12
    
Relying on a third party, and that too a free service for "important" files is a bad, bad thing to do –  Sathya Nov 11 '10 at 17:41
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A free service that will host your file indefinitely, and you don't even want to have to register for it. It seems like you are asking too much. –  Stealth Apr 25 '11 at 17:34
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This isn't answering the question exactly, but why no registration? Once you have registered with something like Dropbox, everything is basically one-click. You could use a disposable email address to register if that's a problem.

You get 2GB total storage on the free account and no individual file size limit. You can sync between computers or make certain files public to allow downloading from other places.

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There is an application called jDownloader that helps you download files from these kind of hostings.

Anyway, it has a list of hosting sites, here it is.

As Saxtus said, I wouldn't suggest to use them as backups, though, there are much more reliable services, like CrashPlan, Mozy or Dropbox, to name a few.

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