Back Up Your Data Online with IDrive

Back Up Your Data Online with IDrive

Your data is important to you. Those family photos are absolutely invaluable and irreplaceable, so why would you leave it up to chance? Maybe you have an external hard drive for backup purposes, but that is in the same physical location as your computer. They could both be harmed at the same time.

This is why online storage is getting increasingly popular. Thankfully, it is also getting increasingly affordable. The idea behind IDrive may sound like a familiar one, but you’ll find over the course of this review that it’s some good features that you may not find elsewhere.

Back Up Your Valuable Data

In a nutshell, IDRIVE provides full-featured online backup. There is a desktop application that you install on your computer and then you are able to backup your photos, music, documents, and so forth to your IDRIVE account. It’s free to sign up for an account.

Back Up Your Data Online with IDrive

The application, which is available for both Mac and Windows, is more than just an online drive where you can drag and drop your data. This is a full backup solution, just like the software that comes with some external hard drives.

Looking at the features page, you can see such highlights as Continuous Data Protection (CDP), which “automatically recognizes the modified parts of file(s)/folder(s) and backs them up every 10 minutes.”

The Desktop Application

Back Up Your Data Online with IDrive

After you sign up for an account and download the application (about 9MB), you can get started with the IDrive Classic program to set up your backup preferences and schedule. You can see the “Backup” and “Restore” tabs for their respective functions, allowing you to navigate through your folders and mark off the files that you would like to backup to IDrive.

You’ll notice the aforementioned continuous backup option in the lower-right corner, but you can also use the button next to it to set up your preferred backup schedule. This appears to be much more robust than the idea behind a competing “box” where you can “drop” files, since you get a full-featured backup solution with IDrive.

Back Up Your Data Online with IDrive

Further to the backup functionality, the IDrive online backup also saves up to 30 individual versions of your backed up data, so you can revert back to older copies of your files if you’d like. The drag-and-drop interface can still be accessed with the optional IDrive Explorer plug-in, so you don’t lose that functionality.

Another sticking point of some other similar online backup solution is the lack of speed. When I started the backup process with IDrive, I was able to get a transfer rate of up to 500kbps. Naturally, your performance will vary based on the type of files, current server load, and your Internet connection.

The Online and Mobile Components

What if you want to access your files from a computer that does not have IDrive installed? That’s where the online browser kicks in. All you have to do is log into your account on the IDrive website and you’ll see all of your files.

Back Up Your Data Online with IDrive

This obviously isn’t as robust as the desktop application, but it means that you can store files in your IDrive account to be accessed later from a remote location. This is fantastic for travel, for instance, since you may not have your main computer with you on the road.

As an additional service, you can also opt for IDrive Lite. This is an application for the iPhone and BlackBerry platforms that allows you to back up, manage, and restore your contact list.

Start with 2GB, Upgrade for More

If you’re looking for some very basic backup and you don’t need a lot of storage, you may be satisfied with the IDrive Basic account. If you need more, you may be more inclined to consider an IDrive Pro account. The personal account gives you 150GB of storage for $4.95 a month (or $49.50 a year). There are also options for families and businesses.

Less than $50 for 150GB of online backup? That sounds like a pretty decent deal. One feature that I would like to see implemented, however, is the ability to share a public link if you want to send a specific backed up file to a friend or colleague. With that in place, IDrive looks like it could be a solid option.


39 thoughts on “Back Up Your Data Online with IDrive”

  1. Rahil says:

    Just wondering how it is different from Microsoft skydrive or dell’s Storage? Guess the desktop app is something new..

    1. S Ahsan says:

      well i have used dells online backup for sometime. Its all good but this one seems different! And i think $50 for a year sounds reasonable

    2. May be the cost which different.

      1. But microsoft and dell are old and respected players.

        So that also play a big role when you ready to give your files to them.

  2. Online Storage of data seems to be a good idea, One must try and test everything which saves from data loss threat.

    In Online Data storage important factor would be the credibility of application, who’s backing up.

    1. But yes this will take time to adopt it all around the world.

      People are still using pen drive or external hard drive to save their data.

  3. Brad says:

    I’ve had my house broken in, and they too my computers and the backup drives as well…. so i’ve lost everything that wasn’t stored on my web servers.

    it’s very important to have backups -!
    and make sure everything is not
    all in the same place

    1. Kevin Pasco says:

      Aahh that’s horrible, man. Sorry to hear that.

    2. After read this comment, i directly aware how important to have online backup data.

    3. The lesson is indeed to keep your data backed up in as many different locations as possible. If you’re worried about theft, then hide your backup drive somewhere, or perhaps lock it in your safe. Most crime is pretty opportunistic, and they’ll grab everything tech like in the space and rush out again, so if the backup drive isn’t around your chances are much better.

  4. chester says:

    Looks interesting. I’ll check it out.

  5. Jack says:

    I have to admit, I need to do a better job backing up my data on a regular basis. Whatever service or program I choose, I hope it will allow users to automatically set up recurring back-ups, so that it’s one less thing I’d have to remember.
    BTW, Just found your blog recently John. Good stuff!

  6. Looks like something i should really be looking into doing, im terrible when it comes to backing up.

  7. Ron Hekier says: offers unlimited storage for asimilar price, no 150 GB limit like iDrive. Plus they have an affiliate program Evil John 🙂

    1. Evil John likes affiliate programs…anything to make money. Ha!

      1. Yes this is the benefit of open discussion … you will come to know about many things which you do not know earlier.

  8. Sohan says:

    Yes, mozy does offer unlimited. But I have seen IDrive do the backups much faster. You would be lucky to backup anything over 50GB with mozy.

  9. True Love says:

    The only problem is, it’s online so it’s slow-er than regular backup. The advantage is you can use it while travelling without additional hardware.

  10. Already use Carbonite and it seems to work pretty good for me.

  11. swarnaw says:

    interesting idea, i will check it.

  12. Kevin Pasco says:

    I use Dell DataSafe to back up my hard drive. It came with my computer so I might as well use it..

  13. Sounds good. There are a lot of free online storage places out there where 2gb seems to be the norm. Drop box is one of them.

    I think the issue I have with storing things online is the security. What’s the difference between backing up data online vs backing up data on an external harddrive. What is more secure?

    Sarge |

  14. Smart call to backup as if you lose everything you are virtually screwed.

  15. oes tsetnoc says:

    the software looking really good to backup data online

  16. Excellent find / review Michael! I just added online backup to my “security menu” but as their upgrades are more expensive then idrive, I might switch 😉 SY

  17. Yeah, with this we surely have our online backup which we can access it as long as we have internet connection.

  18. fas says:

    Too may sponsored reviews in a day

  19. IDrive is an alright online backup system, but Mozy Online Backup offers unlimited storage for the same or better price. Not to mention a backup system is only as good as how you can restore your data. Mozy offers DVD or External HD restores. No good having your data backed up if you can’t get it back.

  20. Mel says:

    This looks very much like a carbon copy of the current deadpooled OmniDrive (even the logo is kind of similar).

    With the market being saturated with online storage companies, a lot of online storage companies get into trouble and end up closing shop (like AOL’s Xdrive and the popular Omnidrive)…. you guys have to be careful with who you go with as you are always not totally dependent on them. I for one am with (which has major funding/ investors and dell uses them) but I have a backup system inhouse too incase.

    My opinion is that cheap/ free isn’t always the best option — you always get what you pay for. The 2 companies I will trust to not go belly up right now is and amazon’s storage system (Amazon S3) … maybe will add in there too.

  21. Nick Aviles says:

    I will have to disagree with this concept. As much as it sounds good to back up your data, uploading 100GB of data over a maximum 80kb/s internet connection would take ages, and not to mention server crashes, security (sensitive information), etc. I would rather just get an external disk. The odds of having both your computer and your external disk destroyed together are slim. Never did I think we’d pay insurance for computer data.

    1. Then you must come live in South Africa, with the slowest “broadband” in the universe (did I mention the most expensive too?) Uploading 100GB will be excrutiating for me. 😉

  22. Well, I think I will try it from my file backup. Never try never know… Thanks for this great free info..

  23. laptop desk says:

    Sadly, I’ve learned the hard way about what happens when you don’t back up your data frequently. 🙁

  24. Sascha says:

    Backup Data Online is worth a try.

  25. Dean Saliiba says:

    Something that I have wondered for some time. What happens if the company shuts down?

    I know they are not a webhost but I’ve been with many hosts who have shut up shop with no warning and no way to get your stuff back.

  26. donny gamble says:

    Online storage may sounds cool, considering it’s ability to make your data available where internet is up and to store it in a virtual manner. But the real thing is, the data was also stored on a physical area where it could be possibly deleted, or corrupted

    All of the things has pros and cons, why not give it a try—it will save you somehow.

  27. Why not just back up with an external hard drive?

  28. Whatever you have to do to backup your data, get it done! It is one of those things you don’t do until AFTER you have lost data and it is too late. I personally use am external hard drive myself, but it is not foolproof. Once I accidentally formatted it.

    1. I use an external hard drive as well. But I never thought about if someone broke in and stole it. I just don’t trust online places to back stuff up. Whats to say they can’t get in there and look at your stuff? I know they say they don’t, but nobody thought that NBA ref’s would bet on games either.

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