iDrive Universal Backup
iDrive is one of the oldest online backup and storage services, tracing its roots back to 1995 when it was known as iBackup.com. But that doesn’t mean the service is outdated. On the contrary, iDrive continually refines its features and offers at least one that no competitor has, to my knowledge. Read on to learn more about the online backup that I use and recommend...
What Makes iDrive Unique?
With just one iDrive account you can back up, restore, and sync data among an unlimited number of devices running Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. You can back up social media content such as Facebook and Twitter. All of your data from desktop computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets can be kept in one secure place, neatly organized and accessible from anywhere.
You can try iDrive for free with a permanent 5 GB storage allowance. Earn more free space by referring friends (1GB per friend, up to 18GB), installing iDrive mobile apps, liking the company’s Facebook page, and so on. Most people will need to buy a subscription if they decide to go all-in with iDrive. (If you sign up with this link you'll get a 75% discount off the regular price!)
But there's a really nice perk that comes with a paid subscription. Pro Personal users get one free Express backup per year; iDrive sends you a portable external drive, you fill it with your initial large backup (up to 3TB) and mail it back (with free return shipping), saving time and bandwidth. The result is a MUCH quicker initial backup and upload process.
Without the Express service, it would take about THREE WEEKS to upload a terabyte of data, assuming a constant 5Mb/sec upload speed. Data is encrypted before transit, so you needn't worry about privacy. The iDrive Express service is available in the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and the UK. (Sorry, Belgium.)
An iDrive Pro Business account includes priority customer service, installation assistance, server features like Microsoft Exchange backup, support for Linux, and up to three free Express backups per year.
iDrive Pricing and Features
The iDrive Pro Personal plan costs just under $5/month ($59.50 annually) for 1 TB personal accounts and $99.50 for 250 GB Pro Business accounts; yes, less is more. But because I think iDrive is the best cloud backup solution, I've negotiated a special deal for my readers. If you sign up with this link you'll get 75% off on your first year of iDrive Pro Personal. So your price will be just $14.88!
iDrive’s user interface is wonderfully intuitive, simple, and fool-resistant. It makes management of multiple devices as easy as managing multiple Libraries on a Windows machine, regardless of how many devices and operating systems you mix and match.
iDrive backs up data incrementally, copying only changes made to files since they were last backed up; this saves space and bandwidth. iDrive also saves up to 30 past versions of a file so you can restore it to a previous state if necessary.
Selected files of less than 500 MB can be backed up continually so that they’re sent to iDrive the moment they’re modified or at 10, 20, or 30 minute intervals. Lower-priority backup tasks can be scheduled conveniently. There’s even a daily backup scheduled by default for the forgetful.
The “Archive Cleanup” feature frees up iDrive space by deleting backups of files that no longer exist on your device(s). Think before you click the Archive Cleanup button; once deleted, those files are gone forever.
If you have a limited monthly data allotment, you'll pleased that iDrive's bandwidth management functions are robust. They include an exclusion list for certain files; setup for mapped drives; proxy settings for networks that require them; and bandwidth throttle settings. A device can be powered off automatically once a backup session is completed.
Sharing files stored on iDrive to social media or email is very easy, and it’s another way to conserve your own bandwidth. Restore features include a handy search function; folder tree browsing; and restore of files or folders with a single click.
iDrive is My Recommendation
iDrive shows how gracefully a venerable product can mature, instead of degenerating into obsolescence or bloated feature-itis. It's a backup service that's easy to use, with advanced features for those who need them. Support for backup and sharing of data with your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet sets iDrive apart from the competition.
The free Express service is another unique feature that I don't see anywhere else. By way of comparison, the Mozy Data Shuttle service costs a minimum of $275, and requires a $20/month Mozy Pro account. Crashplan offers a Seeded Backup for $125. Their Restore-to-Door service costs $165. Carbonite doesn't offer the express seed/shuttle service at all.
If you're considering online backup, iDrive is my recommendation. In my opinion, it's currently the best of breed online backup solution with an excellent price point, and right now you can take advantage of the 75% discount for AskBob readers.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 23 Dec 2014
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