IDrive Cloud Backup - Preventing Data Loss from Disk Failures

June 13, 2018

In the course of time, man-made inventions including devices become obsolete, and so does the data stored in them. The main cause of hard disk crash is 'disk wear out' which means, the parts of the hard disk age and cannot be used any longer. Even though data recovery from such disks are possible, they are costly and time consuming.

Cloud backup can help you protect all your files and folders stored on the hard disk. However, protecting your system settings and the programs installed on your disk is impossible with such services. That’s when methods like disk imaging are useful, with which you can create an exact record of your drive or partition.

What is Disk Imaging?
Disk imaging backs up an entire drive with ease by creating a copy of the original drive. In other words, Disk image is simply a duplicate of your entire disk - with the content structure intact. This means operating system files, settings, programs files and folders retain their structure as organised on the hard disk. If a disk image is created for your drive and the drive crashes, you can recover your disk by installing a new internal hard drive and then booting from your program's emergency boot device. This is followed by restoring the drive's contents from the disk image that is saved.

Effective Data Protection with IDrive Cloud Backup
There are numerous third party vendors who provide disk imaging services for disk duplication. However, you need not recover your entire disk when a file or two is lost. So it is better to have both, cloud backup to recover specific files, and disk image for complete hard disk recovery during data disasters. IDrive online backup safeguards all your files and folders from an unlimited number of devices to your single account. It also allows you to perform disk image backup for your computers.

The Disk Image option of IDrive Online Backup:

  • Helps restore data across platforms including PCs and Macs
  • Supports almost all types of Windows Operating Systems, including servers
  • Enables incremental backup after the initial backup

What else does IDrive cloud backup offer?

  • Military Grade Protection via IDrive Cloud Backup: All your data, transferred to your cloud account, is protected with 256-bit AES encryption and an optional private key. This is a unique key that is not stored anywhere in IDrive’s servers, which means no one but you will have access to your files.
  • Multiple Device Protection via IDrive Online Backup: Enable cloud backup of your data from all your devices like PCs, Macs, Servers, Android, and iOS devices to a single cloud account, at one price. While most other cloud services charge per device, IDrive cloud backup allows protection for unlimited devices, as long as there is enough storage space in your cloud account.
  • Easy Management via IDrive Cloud Backup: You can create unlimited sub-accounts, within your storage space and monitor them using a centralized web console. The console gives you an overview of all your sub-accounts at a glance! You can allocate space, monitor activities and view storage reports without having access to any of your sub-account user’s files. With this feature, IDrive online backup ensures privacy.
  • Online Backup for Network Attached Storage (NAS) Devices: You can backup your NAS data so that you never lose your precious files.

There's more that IDrive online backup offers. Sign up with IDrive online backup to explore more!

Here's what the experts say:

There's a heck of a lot to like about IDrive. It can do things that none of the alternatives can. – Michael Muchmore

IDrive is best for anyone who has multiple machines to back up. – Sean Riley, May 2018

Online backup for the person who wants everything; Backup, storage, sharing, local backup... IDrive does just about everything. – Jon L.Jacobi

IDrive Express is a common-sense solution to time-consuming backups. – Michael S.Lasky

You can set your own encryption key for your data, which means extra protection... – Melanie Pinola

All of the data is encrypted client-side using 256-bit AES encryption with an optional private key, unusual security feature for syncing services. – Frederic Lardinois

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