Difference between Amazon Drive and MediaFire

In this article, we will understand the concept of Amazon Drive and MediaFire and their differences. Some features of Amazon Drive are valued by users: Managing and storing documents, Sharing files or folders, and drag-drop feature for easier transfers. Several file-sharing features are available with the help of MediaFire, they are: Creating file-sharing links which are for single use only, Both public and private files should be shared, Capturing the current screen, and Syncing only selected files or folders.

What is Amazon Drive

Amazon Drive was released in 2011 by Amazon for file hosting and cloud storage services. It provides file operations like storage in the cloud, hosting, sharing, and backing them up, and also a user-friendly interface making it easy for the customers to handle and manage it. The files or folders that are uploaded on Amazon Drive can be transferred to and from various devices like mobile phones, tablets, or desktops. It was originally named Amazon Cloud Drive and is not available worldwide in all countries. Apart from the 5GB storage space allotted by Amazon, users can also purchase additional space for greater capacity.

What is MediaFire

MediaFire was released by MediaFire LLC to provide solutions regarding the synchronization and hosting of files along with cloud storage. The client software created by this product can be deployed in Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, and also in web browsers having around 43 million users registered on their platform. It has not gained proper fame due to its low-security measures and hence lagged in reputation compared to other products available in the market. Since it does not provide any desktop client system and also comes with no encrypting measures for privacy, it only plays good a normal storage deposit in plenty amount.


Basis of Difference

Amazon Drive



Owner is Amazon

Owner is MediaFire LLC

Launching year

Released in 2011

Released in 2006


Founder is Amazon

The founders are Derek Labian and Tom Langridge

Free storage space

A 5GB free storage space is offered

A 10GB free storage space is offered

Places used

Used worldwide except in China and Mexico

MediaFire is used worldwide

Maximum storage size

The maximum storage space offered is 30TB

The maximum storage space is 100TB

OS support

All Operating systems are not supported like Linux.

All operating systems are supported

File versioning

Does not support file versioning, which means the file revisions are not possible to find in Amazon Drive.

Does support file versioning, thus the older revisions of files are possible to find.

File size

The maximum file size that is supported is 2GB through the web and 50GB if uploaded through the drive application

The maximum file size is 20GB throughout all interfaces


If downloads are interrupted, resuming them causes failure

If downloads are interrupted, resuming them is possible

Referral storage

No additional free storage can be received on referring a new user

Additional free storage of 50GB can be received on referring to users having pro accounts up to 1TB.

Remote uploading

Remote uploading cannot be done

Remote uploading can be done


Access control permissions in the file or folder invite links are not possible

Controlling the permissions in accessing the invite link of files or folders is possible


Along with the above differences and advantages of the two types of cloud storage options, there are also some disadvantages.

Amazon Drive

The disadvantages of Amazon Drive are −

  • Supports only limited image formats.

  • Other formats will be counted in the additional storage.

  • Files above 2GB cannot be uploaded.

  • Live streaming of videos cannot be applied for more than 20 minutes.

  • Syncing files automatically cannot be done on the Web.

  • Cannot be used for commercial purposes.


The disadvantages of MediaFire are −

  • The mobile phone interface runs very slowly.

  • The client for desktop running is not available.

  • Uploading and downloading speeds are less.

  • Very poor security protocols.

  • Older file versions could not be fetched.

  • Advanced features are available in a paid plan only.


Both the options MediaFire and Amazon Drive charge zero setup fee and fails to provide unlimited storage even in paid plans. MediaFire comes with several disadvantages but it works for depositing files that are of basic use containing no legal or important information. As it provides plenty of storage for free it is very useful for users looking for cheaper options. For users looking for advanced features with well-established security and privacy protocols which can be used in corporate or government, Amazon Drive plays a very vital role in providing support.

Updated on: 26-Apr-2023


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