Backup your novel with iDrive cloud storage (Review)

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While I will be reviewing books, I also wanted to review products and services that other writers and bloggers may find useful.

I only review products that I have personally tested, as a confirmation, I was not paid for this post nor have I been compensated in any way. 

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A little background

I’ve suffered several data deaths.  The first was when my old PC reformatted itself for some reason known only to it and it’s gremlins.  The second was a corruption of the master and copy disks where I lost a whole novel.

Early last year I dumped a whole cup of tea on my laptop, killing it… or so I thought and late of last year my newer laptop had a hissy-fit and it’s harddrive and processor stopped working correctly.

Now, the first two data deaths I took pretty hard.  I lost work, LOTS of work.  By the time I hit my more recent system failures, I was ready.

So those times, I lost no data at all.

Welcome to iDrive

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What is it? 

iDrive is a cloud storage system.  It’s online backup for PC, Mac and iPhones.

Easy to use? 

It’s similar to most other cloud storage systems. Once you have logged in you have a dashboard which allows you to connect and access the specific folders and files you wish to backup.

If you’ve never used a cloud storage it may take a little bit of getting used to, but the layout is pretty self-explanatory.

iDrive Cloud Storage Dashboard

You simply upload your folders/files and let the backup complete the download.  Your data is then stored.

Is it free?

There is a free option that gives your 5Gb of space which is pretty damn impressive compared to a number of other cloud storage systems.

What about the paid plans?

Personal (one user only)

There are two plans for Personal, a 2Tb and a 5Tb and for a short time only they are at a discount.

For the personal plan you get the following features:

  • Backup of multiple computers/devices
  • Continuous data backup
  • Open files and network drive backup
  • Backup of external harddrives
  • Remote management of your computers
  • Disk image backup
  • Sync – via computers, mobile, web
  • Access – via browser, iOS and android
  • Collaboration – share via email
  • Support – including phone, email and chat
  • iDrive Express (once a year you can have quick backup and restore via physical shipment)
  • Linux Backup

At the time of writing this, these are the prices for the different size/length of the Personal Plan

iDrive Personal Pricing Plan

Business (unlimited users)

There are multiple plans for Business to fit with your business-size requirements, 250Gb, 500Gb, 1.25Tb, 2.5Tb, 5Tb, 12.5Tb.  There are also monthly plans.

For the business plan you get the following features:

  • Backup of multiple computers/devices
  • Continuous data backup
  • Open files and network drive backup
  • Backup of external harddrives
  • Remote management of your computers
  • Disk image backup
  • Users/Groups – allowing you to create new accounts via the dashboard
  • Single Sign on using central identity provider
  • Sync – via computers, mobile, web
  • Access – via browser, iOS and android
  • Collaboration – share via email
  • Support – including phone, email and chat
  • iDrive Express (once a year you can have quick backup and restore via physical shipment)
  • Server cloud backup (MS SQL, MS Exchange, MS SharePoint, Oracle, Office 365 Mailbox)
  • Linux backup

At the time of writing this, these are the prices for the different size/length of the Business Plan

iDrive cloud storage Business plan 1

iDrive Business pricing plan 2

Are you a student?

They have a special plan for students too.  You can get a 50% discount of Personal or Business plan. You do need to have a valid education domain based email address and they DO have a list you should check to make sure yours is included.

What are the system requirements?

Good question!

For the Personal Plan, the requirements are:

Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 2016 Server, Windows 2012 Server, Windows 2008 Server, Windows Home Server, Windows 2003 Server (Service Pack 2)

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or greater [MacOS Sierra compatible]

For the Business Plan, the requirements are:

Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 2016 Server, Windows 2012 Server, Windows 2008 Server, Windows Home Server, Windows 2003 Server (Service Pack 2)

512 MB RAM, 10 MB Free Hard Disk space for installed program, 20 MB or more recommended for local caching

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or greater [MacOS Sierra compatible]

What if I need help?

As mentioned above, the paid plans give you access to a full range of support from the customer services.

If you are on the Free plan, then there is access to the FAQs which are very thorough and cover a lot of questions.

Is it worth the money?

I tried the free plan and found I liked the system, it worked well and following an issue with my last cloud storage, I was happy to use this.

I eventually moved to the Personal Plan as that gives me the size of cover I need and the extra features are useful.  I have no reason to move to the Business Plan at this time as it’s just little ol’ me.

I purchased the Personal Plan (a 2 year plan) when there was a discount similar to what they are offering now.

I have already had to use this service following my laptop crapping out on me.  All my data was easily retrievable and there’s nothing like the confidence of knowing your data is safe.

Not sure if it’s for you?

Check out their Compare page where they compare against some of the other big names in Cloud Storage

How do I pay? 

You can use Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover.  I couldn’t see a Paypal option.

Personal thoughts? 

The fact I’ve used this service and then needed to retrieve backup makes me confident in posting this review.  I always get anxious when I have a computer failure or a data crash, and it’s so reassuring when you know that you have a backup.

I like cloud backups because you can have all the external harddrives and data sticks you want, but having something offsite gives you that piece of mind in cases of fire etc.

My recommendation, check them out and decide for yourself.

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Thanks for checking out this review.  I hope you found it useful.  I’ll be doing another review in 2 weeks time.  🙂

Happy writing

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3 comments

  1. Cool! 😎
    I use Carbonite Basic (all are paid levels), the 200GB level of iCloud (I have a MacBookPro) and Time Machine – the backup app that comes on every Mac. Carbonite and iCloud are cloud based and Time Machine saves to an external hard drive. Although, I’m leery of the external hard drive because I had tons of my photos saved to one of those and dropped back in the summer of 2016 and lost all the photos from spring of 2012 through to the day I dropped it. So you need to remember to be careful if you use external drives.

    1. Thanks for reading Pearl. oooh that’s cool, I’ve not come across Carbonite Basic. i have to admit I’ve been wary of iCloud but I’ve heard awesome things about Time Machine (pity I don’t have a Mac)

      I like external harddrives, but only as another backup.

      All my external harddrives are backed up on iDrive as well so that if I drop them (which I have…and lost data, so I feel your pain!) I have a copy of them.

      I just like having them as well, in case I can’t get online to reach the cloud, or in the rare case of the Cloud company going bust and the data being lost – which I believe has happened to other companies.

      Oh, there is nothing worse than losing photos when you data corrupts. That is always the hardest loss.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

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