If you’re on the lookout for a dependable cloud-based backup service, then check out our IDrive review to learn everything about this outstanding service. IDrive Backup is a cloud storage, backup, and restore service, oriented towards multi-platforms interlinking and increased data load security. This cloud-based solution is the brainchild of IDrive Inc., a tech company solely specialized in top-notch data backup services like IDriveSync, IDrive EVS, IDrive Lite, IDrive Portable and IDrive Express.
IDrive Backup General Info
IDrive can be used to perform the following operations:
- Backing up files to a local drive, mapped network, or to the cloud;
- Restoring lost files;
- Migrating critical files and folders to the cloud;
- Keeping track of file changes;
- Share files and folder with your contacts, or with people who aren’t using IDrive;
- To backup and to restore your photos and video on your social media account;
- To create Public Links.
As a cloud storage service, IDrive can be considered a mid-range product, trying (and succeeding) to maintain a constant balance between performance, price, quality, and extra features. We’ve also liked the abundance of backup-related features you can access like:
- Hybrid Backup – boosts the speed of your uploads and downloads;
- Multiple device back-ups;
- IDrive Express – can restore up to 3 TB of data within a week;
- Web-based consoles used to manage all affiliated computers;
- True archiving – nothing leaves the server;
- IDrive rewind – a fairly new restore concept, used to restore previous versions in bulk;
- IDrive Smart Docs – take photos of your favorite docs. Smart Docs will recognize them and will save a copy in the cloud.
IDrive Plans & Pricing
Users subscribing to a free account will receive 5 GB of backup/cloud space for as long as they keep their account active, and an additional 5 GB of sync space. If you want to register for a free account, you won’t be required to submit your credit card number or your CVV code.
Furthermore, compared to another cloud-based service like SugarSync or SpiderOak that offer a limited free period, IDrive’s free account offer doesn’t have an expiration date.
Let’s take a closer look at IDrive’s pricing scheme for paid/business accounts:
|Plan||Price||Storage Allotment||Extra Sync Space|
$52.12 for the first year
$104.25 for 2 years
|1 TB||1 TB|
$374.62 for the first year
$749.25 for two years
|10 TB||10 TB|
$74.62 for the first year
$149.25 for 2 years
|250 GB||250 GB|
$149.62 for the first year
$299.25 for two years
|500 GB||500 GB|
$374.62 for the first year
$749.25 for two years
|1.25 TB||1.25 TB|
$599.62 for the first year
$1,199.25 for 2 years
|2.5 TB||2.5 TB|
$1,124.62 for the first year
$2,249.25 for 2 years
|5 TB||5 TB|
$2,249.62 for the first year
$4,499.25 for 2 years
|12.5 TB||12.5 TB|
IDrive for business also includes monthly billed accounts, which just goes to show how flexible a cloud storage and backup service can become.
|Storage Allotment||Price (per month)|
IDrive In-Depth Review
After reviewing the pricing plans IDrive offers, we take a look at the features included in these plans. In our IDrive review, we tried to test out all the basic features we would expect a cloud backup service to have. We wanted to see how these features actually work for customers.
After creating your account, and installing the application, the manager will automatically scan your computer for files and folders to back up. In a matter of seconds, you will see a bar showing you the status of your uploading process.
There are a couple of ways to back up your files, the most obvious approach being to let the manager doing its job on the first launch.
IDrive typically lets users select which files should be committed to the cloud or the local drive, via the “change” button. Alternatively, if you have the bulk of files that need immediate backup, you can select the “view excluded files” list to instruct the manager on what folder or files with path names or with partial should it exclude the next time a backup occurs.
Furthermore, to help the user keep track of your uploaded files and folder, IDrive has also included a nifty search bar in the web-based manager. You can schedule backups from the app manager, or manually backup files yourself.
During our IDrive review, we’ve discovered that restoring your lost or compromised files is very easy.
If you’re using the desktop manager, all you have to do is to head on over to the “Restore” section and review all your files stored either on the cloud or the local drive. When you select a file, the manager will automatically display the version of each file.
After selecting the files, hit the “Restore Now” button to begin to process.
One thing we liked about IDrive is that the restored files are directly downloaded on your local drive, without being archived. Alternatively, you can tell the manager to restore the files to their initial folders, without having to move them manually after the process is completed.
Let’s move further in our IDrive review security features.
To guarantee that all your data is safe, IDrive employs a 256-bit encryption key, for files which are about to be transferred to the cloud. On top of that, the actual connection is secured used a 128-bit encryption key.
Users will also be prompted to create their private encryption key when creating their account. Furthermore, IDrive keep is its own data centers, which are kept are constant surveillance. In the event that your computer is stolen, you can require a remote wipe via the customer service.
IDrive Advanced Features
In our IDrive review, we also looked at IDrive’s more advanced functions. Among these features is the file syncing option
By the default, the syncing function is turned off. You have to manually enable it in your IDrive manager, then create a syncing folder on your desktop. Once you’ve set up syncing, you can just drop files in the syncing folder, and they will automatically update across all devices.
This feature is essential when you’re using the IDrive mobile app in conjunction with the desktop app, as keeping large amounts of information up to date across multiple devices can become frustrating otherwise.
IDrive also has a file versioning option. You can store up to 30 different versions of the same file. You can set the number of versions you want IDrive to keep from the desktop manager.
IDrive also features a file sharing function. You can create links to files, which you can then share through emails.
So, let’s wrap up our IDrive Backup review with the pros and cons section.
- Excellent cross-platform compatibility;
- Fully integrated with social media platforms;
- Drag-and-drop syncing;
- Incremental Backups;
- Advanced server backup features;
- Doesn’t request a credit card for a free account;
- Attractive prices;
- Improved sharing functions.
- 10 GB upload limit;
- Doesn’t offer unlimited storage;
- No multimedia streaming;
- Poor upload/download speeds;
- Difficult to understand UI;
IDrive Alternative Options
During our IDrive review, the first alternative we thought of was Syncplicity. In our Syncplicity review, we discussed how easy it is to use this cloud backup service. By comparison, IDrive is a bit awkward and cumbersome to use. On the other hand, IDrive has more features and options than Syncplicity. Still, it could have been a bit more user-friendly.
As far as download and upload speed is concerned, we noticed in our IDrive review that this cloud backup system tends to be sluggish. We would have preferred it if they gave you the possibility to choose these speeds, like the Touro backup system does. If download and upload speed are your concern, Touro is definitely a solid alternative.
To conclude our IDrive review, we have to convey a few thoughts on this service. Although it does not offer unlimited storage, IDrive’s plans managed to meet the cloud needs of any customer.
If you have a home computer and need a good and reliable cloud storage and backup service, then IDrive might be your cup of tea. Our recommendation is to start small with a free 5 GB account and try it out for a couple of months before upgrading your plan.
Overall, the service’s performance is satisfactory, managing to maintain that balance between functionality, quality, and price.
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