IDrive Inc. is a tech company that specializes in data backup applications. Their crown jewel product is IDrive. An online backup service available to Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. With IDrive, backup an entire drive including OS, settings, programs, and files/folders.
Plans include backup and a mobile app for your iPhone, Android phone, and other devices as well. Backup your Contacts, Photos, Videos, Calendar, SMS, Call Logs, Music, or other files on the mobile app. IDrive also stores photos from social media accounts like Facebook and Instagram.
The ‘People’ and ‘Timeline’ organization features make archiving easy. ‘People’ being the newest tool. Much like Facebook, the ‘People’ function can detect faces and tag contacts. Who’s backup storage is doing that? Best of all, your files sync across all your devices. Make a change to a file on one device and all your file locations update with the latest version. The sleek online dashboard helps manage data backups, restorations, and settings anywhere, anytime.
IDrive strives for ‘true archiving’. They’ve actually perfected it. The application doesn’t auto-delete any data on your online account. You make the choice to delete your data or run ‘Archive Cleanup’ to match your computer data. Your files keep for an unlimited time. Want to keep bandwidth usage low while restoring your files? Look to iDrive Express. Backup and restore data in less than a week via a free physical storage shipment option.
Bandwidth is rarely an issue with IDrive. Their Sync storage archives without impact to backup storage speed or size limit. Neither does the ‘Doc functionality’ for Business users. Use ‘Docs functionality’ to view, edit and collaborate on files across users.
Several plans are available with a range of storage space options. Personal plans start as low as a free basic 5 gigabyte (GB) plan. There’s also an annual subscription that provides 1 terabyte (TB) of storage too. For business use, there are larger annual plan options ranging from 250 GB to 1.25 TB.
Everyone on the team can get it on the IDrive Cloud action. IDrive Business plan subscribers can create sub-accounts and administrators. Business subscribers also receive free physical data transfer, three times a year. IDrive also helps businesses stay compliant. Built-in compliance ensures businesses follow industry standards when storing and sharing dataregulations (i.e., HIPAA, SOX, GLBA and SEC/FINRA).
There’s a reason IDrive has won PC Mags Editor’s Choice of the year, three years in a row (2015, 2016, 2017). “You won’t find a better overall online backup service than the full-featured IDrive, especially for the price.” – Michael Muchmore, PC Mag
Unlimited device backup is always a plus. The Sync and file sharing capabilities make versioning and collaboration easy. Android, iOS, and external drive backup are available. Social media and Image back support also included. Private and 256-bit AES encryption for extra safe secured storage and downloading. Free courier backup/recovery. Basic plan allows for referral based credits.
Unlike some of IDrive’s competitors, it does not offer month to month subscription. You can only subscribe yearly or bi-yearly. With that said it’s still very affordable. The only real downside is Idrive’s online dashboard and the app is not as intuitive as it lets on. It also lacks two-factor authorization.
IDrive has thought of everything. They are a locked and loaded disaster backup and recovery option. Not only do they back up your computer and drives but your mobile devices, social media apps, and images too. They are affordable and have been in the game, and at the top, a long time. IDrive is definitely a top choice for backup storage and archiving. Verdict: IDrive is unlimited awesome.