Unlike other online backup vendors, IDrive lets you backup unlimited PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Android devices into a single account without purchasing any add-on. While backup space is not unlimited, IDrive does offer 3 plans (150 GB, 500 GB, 1000 GB) for home users that should meet most people’s online storage needs.
IDrive’s interface is clean, all the information and settings you need are presented across Backup, Restore, Scheduler, and Log tabs. IDrive makes restoring files and folders super easy and efficient by allowing you to select multiple files or folders you want to restore in the tree-view interface you can find under Restore tab. Under Scheduler tab, you can easily set up a schedule for your backup to run daily at certain time or you can configure IDrive to start the backup immediately. You can also enter your email address to receive IDrive email notification on backup status. If you have configured to backup daily, but your computer was not on at the specified backup start time, IDrive by default will start the missed scheduled backup when the computer is turned on. IDrive provides an easy to use slider so you can regulate the amount of bandwidth usage during backup operation so your other Internet activities such as video conferencing or online gaming can run smoothly. You can also use the Pause button to completely pause your backup.
IDrive encrypts your data with 256-bit AES military-grade encryption on transfer and storage. For maximum security of your data, you also have the option to use your private encryption key on sign up so nobody else (not even IDrive employees) except you can decrypt files backed up to IDrive.
IDrive is great for backing up your files to the cloud and share your files with friends, coworkers, and family members via sending email or posting to Facebook or Twitter. But it also has an excellent Remote Manage feature in the web portal allowing you to add items for backup, remove files/folders from the Backup set, update scheduled backup time, and review backup/restore logs. You can totally manage your backup remotely from any web browser with Internet connection. IDrive provides native mobile apps for iOS and Android so you can you can access files backed up from your PC or Mac, also view photos, watch videos, listen to music and more. Furthermore, IDrive mobile apps have the capability of backing up or restoring your mobile device’s contacts, calendar events, photos, videos, SMS, call logs and apps with just a single touch! And just like most of other competitors, IDrive allows you to share your files with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and email and configure access permission.
IDrive offers 3 backup plans (150 GB, 500 GB, 1000 GB) for home users that should meet most people’s online storage needs. But if you’re someone with more than 1 TB of data to backup, you might have to look at other online backup vendor such as MyPC Backup’s unlimited plan for now until IDrive offers unlimited storage plan.
With multiple datacenters for reliability and data encryption for security, IDrive is an online backup solution you can trust to protect your valuable files. IDrive has standard features for online sharing and its storage plans (150 GB, 500 GB, 1000 GB) will be sufficient for most users. If you have large amount of data to backup, you should probably consider online backup vendors such as MyPC Backup which offers unlimited plan instead. If you have less than 1 TB of data to backup, but has lots of computers and mobile devices to backup (e.g. more than 10), IDrive is an excellent choice as it offers backup of unlimited PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Android devices into a single account without purchasing ANY add-on!
I am the kind of guy who like double protection so I am a customer of both IDrive and MyPC Backup.
I like everything about IDrive so far except it does not yet offer mobile apps for my Windows Surface and Amazon Kindle Fire which MyPC Backup do offer.
If IDrive can catch up on their mobile apps offerings, I will use it more for sure.
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