If you are an existing Amazon Drive user, Switch to IDrive today at 90% off for the first year

Amazon Drive is a cloud storage application which offers features like file backup and file sharing. However when compared to a cloud backup solution like IDrive, the application has its own set of downsides and limitations. The following comparison between IDrive and Amazon Drive shows the major benefits of using IDrive backup software.

Why IDrive is better: IDrive Amazon Drive
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Personal plans

Starts at
$69.50 $52.12 first year

(For unlimited computers and smart phones)

2 TB backup + 2 TB sync

Starts at
$59.99 for 1 year

1 TB Storage

Business plans

Starts at
$99.50 $74.62 first year

(For unlimited users, computers, servers and smart phones)

250 GB backup + 250 GB sync


Multiple computer backup with basic plan across all platforms

Backup unlimited computers - PCs, Macs, and Linux devices to a single account

Limited Backup Functionality

You can upload and backup data from multiple devices using Amazon Drive

Mobile device backup across platforms

Backup contacts, calendar, photos, videos and more with apps for iOS and Android

You can auto-save your photos to Amazon Drive with the Amazon Photos app

Snapshot-based restore

Historical view of your data lets you perform point-in-time recovery

Snapshot-based restore is not supported

Private key encryption

A user-defined text string can be used to generate the 256-bit AES encryption key for encrypting all files

Amazon Drive does not support encryption

Files are stored in raw format

Hybrid backup

A secure local backup for all the data on your computers, servers and mobile devices

Does not support hybrid backup

Data sync

Online file sync is available for all plans. Activate Sync and get additional space for sync, equivalent to your backup storage plan for FREE!

Supports file sync

Server cloud backup
(SQL, Exchange, Oracle, SharePoint)

Available for all IDrive plans, even for the FREE account

Does not support server backup

Continuous Data Protection

Recognises modifications in files and starts the backup operation in minimum of 15 minutes

Amazon Drive offers only automatic photo backup via Amazon Photos app

Disk image backup

Backup entire drive on your computer, including operating system, with content and information structure intact

Does not support disk image backup

Drag-and-drop files for backup or restore

Drag and drop files on the application to add them for backup; drag files from the application and drop anywhere on your computer to restore them

User can drag and drop files only for upload

Create user accounts within your storage space

Available only for business plans

You cannot share your account storage space

Free physical data shipment

IDrive Express is FREE - 1x a year for personal plans and 3x a year for businesses

Physical shipment of data is not available

Data encryption on transfer and storage

Files are transferred and stored encrypted via 256-bit AES encryption with an optional private key. Secure 128-bit SSL links are used for all online data transfers.

Data is encrypted in transit with TLS, across all services

Centralized admin console

A web-based console to manage data backups, restores, application settings etc., on your faraway computers

A web-based console to view backed up photos and other files, download and upload files, manage storage of Amazon Drive account


The 90% offer is applicable for the first year only. You need to provide proof of your Amazon Drive account.

Here's what the experts say:

It's affordable, comprehensively capable, has clients for just about every platform, and was pretty darn fast backing up my data. – 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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