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IDrive.com – Secure, Fast, and Simple Online Backup November 1, 2008

Posted by Ced in Online, Services, Storage.
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IDrive.com is an online backup service that features automatic backup, true archiving, versioning, continuous backup, mapped drive backup, and web-based backup management.

“IDrive performas a complete hands-free automated backup for your files and folders. … Get 2 GB of backup space absolutely free without any catch. Store your photos, media files or other important documents. Best suited for individuals and families.” [IDrive]


  • IDrive Online Backup Classic offers an intuitive interface, similar to Microsoft Windows Explorer, which makes it easy to select files/folders for remote backup and restore activities.
  • Automatic Selection – a default selection of most commonly backed up data including Documents, Pictures and Videos is created with a random after hours schedule.
  • True Archiving / Sync – No data is deleted from your account until you manually delete or run sync to match your desktop data to your account. You control your backup data.
  • Search and Restore – does fast search and restore of your data from your desktop client or the web client.
  • IDrive Explorer offers a ‘virtual drive’ view of your account to access and restore backed up data. You can drag-n-drop files for restore from your online drive to the local system.
  • Continuous Data Protection (CDP) – automatically recognizes the modified parts of file(s)/folder(s) and backs them up every 10 minutes, thus offering hands-free backup of data.
  • Versioning – retains and allows you to restore the last 30 versions of all files backed up to your IDrive account.
  • Retrieve data from any location – Login via any web browser to your account to access backed up data, view log reports and restore data on the local system.
  • Manage your Backup set
  • And much more.

If you need more than the 2GB storage space of the free IDrive Basic plan, you can upgrade to one of the IDrive pro plans that range from 50 to 150GB, for US$4.95 to $49.95 a month.

Software is compatible with MS Windows. A Mac version is also available.

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1. CDP - January 16, 2009

What a really affordable service (free or with their package selection). What really grabs me is their CDP component much like the people I do business with for backing up my data. It’s essential to be able to have CDP, retrieval of data virtually from anywhere, and being able to remotely control what goes in and out of the off site space. One can never be too lax with one’s own critical data: Especially in a business environment.

2. Ced - January 16, 2009

Continuous Data Protection (CDP) is indeed a very nice feature.

3. Xamu Black - January 19, 2012

For personal data backup services the price is right and the features are as to be expected. For business purposes or server backups I would recommend http://www.absorb.com.

Data backup solutions for business should be deployed on a case by case basis and custom developed based on the needs of the organization.

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