Microsoft to limit free SkyDrive to 7GB

by Nigel Wilks on May 9, 2012 · 12 comments

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I use Microsoft SkyDrive as an extra storage area to compliment my home server. This has always been an excellent, free option and with 25GB it was a no brainer in my choice of Cloud Storage.

After the long holiday weekend we had in the UK, I accumulated a large number of pictures and wanted to sync them back to Skydrive. On logging in this morning, I saw that they were reducing the free storage to 7GB but for a limited time they were allowing existing users to upgrade to 25GB for free.

The upgrade is relatively simple.

Logon to your Skydrive account at using your Windows Live ID.

Go to the bottom left of your account page and click ” Manage storage.” You’ll see a listing of storage plans. Next to “SkyDrive Free” you should see a button that says “Free Upgrade!”

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I'm a Technical Architect based in the UK predominantly working on Windows Server and Active Directory based solutions. I'm also a Microsoft Windows Home Server MVP and moderator/author at I've released the FirePlay for Windows Home Server, WHS PHP Installer, MySql Installer for WHS and Wordpress Installer for WHS Add-Ins as well as co-author of the SanEncore and WHS Health Add-Ins with Alex Kuretz.


George May 9, 2012 at 8:53 am

Thanks for the heads-up, Nigel. I managed to get the free upgrade. Thank you for alerting me to this.

George May 9, 2012 at 8:55 am

Sorry, forgot to tell you who I am… SeaRay33 (George) on the Forum. We are also connected in Google+. Thanks again, George

Cubanblood May 9, 2012 at 8:59 am

Thanks for the info.

CBick May 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Thanks for the notice

RushPR May 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Thank you for the info. New to SkyDrive.

Gordon Currie May 10, 2012 at 12:01 am

Thanks for the heads-up. I justed upgraded my 3 accounts for a total of 75 GB.

David B May 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I’ve just tried to upgrade but that no longer is an option.

Comp1962 May 21, 2012 at 2:09 am

Thanks for the info Nigel. Got mine upgraded.

Bert-Jan May 25, 2012 at 2:17 am

Upgrade option was still available for me. Thanks for the info!

Scott June 8, 2012 at 10:03 am



Alex Kuretz June 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Looks like you got to it too late, the upgrade was available for a limited time.

darnit ... June 25, 2012 at 11:11 am

missed it … dang …

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