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Overview of IDrive

IDrive is an online backup service that claims to be the universal solution to all your backup needs. This is because it’s capable of backing up everything on your PC, Mac, iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices all into one account.

One IDrive account is capable of handling all these devices. This means you can install it on everything and be safe in the comfort knowing that your data is always being backed up, no matter where it was originally stored.

The instant you create or modify a file, those changes are then reflected in IDrive. You can choose to turn off this sync, meaning only the data you specify will be uploaded, but for those who want to activate and then have a peace of mind, syncing is the perfect feature.

Your backups are sent to the server incrementally. This means that if, for example, you modify existing data, then only the changes will be uploaded. This ensures that the backups are speedy and don’t put unnecessary strain on your bandwidth.

IDrive has a neat feature in the ability to back up some of your social media data. This includes from services like Facebook (photos/videos you upload or ones you’re tagged in) and Instagram. It might be that a lot of this data isn’t even present on your hard drive and only exists on these sites – IDrive ensures that if something happens to these services or the data then you’ll always have a copy.

The service will retain 10 previous versions of each file, meaning that you will be able to roll back to previous copies. You can also do this at a folder-wide level, allowing all your data to be restored to a previous version with ease. This could come in handy following a malware attack that has impacted all your files.

Your data is encrypted with 256-bit AES encryption during transfer and in storage. You can also choose to create your own encryption key during signup. This means and ensures that only you have access to your data. No matter who tries, they won’t be able to gain entry to your data without that key. As such, it’s vital that you keep track of what your key actually is – there’s really no access without it.

IDrive has an impressive offering called IDrive Express. On your request, the company will ship up to 3TB of your data on a physical hard drive. This will mean that you can restore directly from the drive, rather than through an internet connection, meaning you’ll get speedier transfer speeds. This service comes free (the amount of times you can use it per year depends on your membership rate) and is available worldwide.

For the cost of nothing you can create an IDrive account with 5GB of storage, with more available if you refer others to sign up. $59.50/year will give you 1TB of storage and $499.50/year will give you 10TB. There are also business accounts that have various capacities available, going up to 12.5TB pf space for $2999.50/year.

Be sure to check out the {{|official IDrive website}} for more information.


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