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- iDrive Review
iDrive is a simple online backup solution with great features and easy to use software. iDrive is owned by Pro Softned Corp. They offer several online solutions and have been around for a while. All backups are secure and can be retrieved at anytime. Their Plans are simple, easy to understand, and cover a wide range of storage options.
iDrive Plans & Pricing:
- iDrive Basic - Free with 5GB of storage.
- iDrive Pro for Personal Use - $4.95/month ($49.50/year) For 150GB
- iDrive Pro Family Pack - $14.95/month ($149.50/year) for 500GB
- iDrive Pro for Business Use - Starts at $9.95/month ($99.50/year) starts at 100GB - full web-based administration
Technical Features: Snapshot support, True archiving, mapped/network/local/external drives support, Use on multiple computers, Proxy support, Block Level Incremental backups, Bandwidth Throttle, easy to use software.
Pro Softnet was founded in 1999 and is located in Calabasa, CA. Their current CEO is Raghu Kulkarni. They have several online backup products and have over 10 years of experience. They have more than 40 employees and the company is privately held.
Signing up was easy. You have to sign up before you can download the software, then login after it is installed onto your computer or through their website.
As soon as you are logged in the software will display your folders and suggest a couple for you to backup by default. The navigation is the same 'folder tree' structure you will see in Windows or Finder. It's easy to select the folders/files you want. Click 'Backup Now' or schedule for a later date. This was simple for us, although it isn't as automated as other software has been.
We think IDrive has one of the best scheduling tools available in online backup. You can set hourly, daily, per selected day, weekly, and the time at which it starts. Or you can program it to only work manually. You can have notifications sent to your desktop or email on completion.
It is really easy to restore. You can use the software or the website. If you were able to backup using the software, you can restore. We found it pretty self explanatory. The website access allows you to download files, but navigating the site is a little confusing. If you are looking for the root or home of your computer, you have to use the "path" to click on the location you wanting to go to.
We like IDrive a lot. Mostly because of it's nice set of features. They do a great job at getting backups completed while keeping it simple. If you are wanting to sync files like Dropbox or Google Drive, you have to use their other product, IDrive Sync. It's pretty good as well. Their website left us with more to be desired. They have the essentials, but navigating, sharing and downloading were all more difficult then it should have been.
Pros and Cons
Lots of control and management
Scheduling is a main feature
Maybe too many options for simple users
Pros and Cons
Pros and Cons
When you install the android app you give them full access to all your information and the ability to change whatever they want. This was one of the first things I did when signing up and realized how stupid it would be to continue. I have no idea how secure the rest of idrive is.