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March 15, 2008

Make Gmail your online storage space with firefox

Filed under: firefox — James @ 7:06 am

You know that Gmail offers more than 6GB of free storage space for your email account. In my case, I have more than 4.5 GB of free space in GB. Why not use it effectively?

Say, you want to backup some important files online to retrieve it later. One option is to signup for some free online storage/backup providers. But most of them offer around 1GB of free space only with a few offering upto 5 GB. But there are lot of factors to consider. You cannot just put your important document in some startup company’s online storage space. You need more confidence, right? What else is more trustworthy than your email account? After all, you have all your important mails there, right?

As I already mentioned, why not use the unused space in your gmail account to store/backup your files? Let’s see how to do just that.

One option is to send an email with attachment to your gmail id yourself. Come on, this looks so childish :-), so let us not think about it.

The other viable option is to use the “GSpace” firefox plugin. Just install this plugin like other firefox plugins and after restarting firefox, open the “Tools -> GSpace” menu. This invokes the GSpace window as a new tab and there you can see your local drive and Gmail itself as a “drive”, side by side.

You need to register your Gmail account first by clicking the “Manage Accounts” button. Then you need to login into your registered Gmail account by clicking the “Login” button. GSpace will prompt for your password. Then all you need to do is to select your file(s) and click the upload button.

You must remember that GSpace actually sends an email to your gmail account with the file(s) you have selected as an attachment. So, it would be nice if you create a “filter” in your gmail so as to skip these emails from your inbox and move them to a label of your choice.

If you are still using Internet Explorer, I recommend you to switch to firefox. You will enjoy it.



  1. For all online backup, file sharing and storage related info, I recommend this website:


    Comment by Jenny — March 15, 2008 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

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  3. hmm…good option

    Comment by fAr stAr — March 20, 2008 @ 10:55 am | Reply

  4. I was not aware there was a firefox plugin for this, cheers!

    Comment by Giles Smith — March 20, 2008 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

  5. Nice plug.

    I’m always telling other people they should switch to Gmail. This will help to convince them.

    Comment by Roger — March 20, 2008 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

  6. Can we upload upto 1-2 gbs of data at a time.. like movies.. or large games…. etc…???

    Comment by nitin — April 18, 2009 @ 4:31 am | Reply

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