The majority of hosts do not allow the use of their space for file storage purposes - the files stored need to be directly related to the content of your site (ie - linked, on pages, etc).
Research/search for companies who specialize in back up storage on Google then search for reviews on them. I have never used any of these companies so I cannot comment on or recommend them. Do a search in this forum using 'backup' as a key word and you will come up with some options (if noone recommends any or provides any other viable advice in this thread).
Are there any other reliable hosting companies without such policy?
I'm sure there are lots of hosts that don't really care how you use the space as long as the content is legal. But, any host offering hundreds of GBs or unlimited space for a few dollars, will have multiple clauses aimed to reduce actual usage. Hosts that don't, are very likely to do so at some point in the future, as the number of "abusers" increases to unacceptable levels.
In both scenarios, the host aims to give you your ~$10 worth of service.
Indeed it is and it's enforced more stringently with hosts that offer larger than normal amounts of disk storage.
Originally Posted by johnch
In this case, I'd recommend checking out Amazon S3, I use it as a backup storage for one of my clients site. I'm currently using 60 Gigs of space without any problem.
Being that Amazon S3 is more of a "cloud storage" type of system where you pay per gigabyte stored I would think they wouldn't care what you stored (as long as it was legal).
Originally Posted by ==○○MR WAREZ○○==
I have used servage.net ..they allow it..
Indeed they do not.
Originally Posted by http://www.servage.net/page/terms_of_service/
Disk space is intended for normal use only, and is limited to Web files, e-mail and content of the hosted Web sites, not for storage of media or other data. Disk space may not be used as offsite storage (e.g. remote backups) for electronic files or for third party electronic mail or FTP hosts.
Originally Posted by GeekSRV
I'm personally of the opinion if you buy diskspace, you can use it - it does baffle me why people stipulate it cannot be used for backups.
Because they offer the large space limits knowing that most won't use it and those using it for backups are much more likely to use a large amount of space than those that just use the space for web sites.
It's a way for them to protect themselves and their houses of cards from the extreme usage incurred by those using the space for backups.
Again this is too advanced and expensive for me. I'm not searching for a backup solution, but just for a storage one. Thanks anyway.
Those providers are a backup or storage solution. You can pretty much use the space for any kind of storage. With shared hosting you're unlikely to find a provider which will maintain a good service and allow storage of files - they don't actually want people using that ridiculous amount of space and most websites will never ever need it.