Frequently Asked Questions

Cloud Seeding via BMR Express™

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What is IDrive BMR Express™?
How do I place an order for the BMR Express device?
I have received the BMR Express device. How can I transfer data from the BMR server to the device?
How soon can I expect data to be transferred to my cloud account once I ship the Express device back to IDrive?
Can I transfer data to the cloud via cloud replication during data transfer via BMR Express?
Is it possible to retrieve data transferred to the cloud via BMR Express?
I am an existing user of IDrive BMR. Can I avail BMR Express service?
I see that cloud replication is disabled while BMR Express service is in progress? When will this be re-enabled?
How do I cancel Express transfer after initiating it?
Is data transferred to the Express device secure during device transit?
   
   

What is IDrive BMR Express™?

IDrive BMR Express helps you transfer large amounts of data stored on the BMR server to your cloud account using physical shipment of a temporary storage device. All you need to do is, fill in the shipment form to place an order for the Express device. We will send you the device with all the required accessories and the necessary information. You just need to backup the data to the device and ship it back to us. Our technical team will transfer the data to the cloud for you.

The benefits of BMR Express include the following:

  • The Express device is shipped to your location, thereby, reducing bandwidth usage.
  • This service helps you quickly transfer large amounts of data in just a week or less.
  • Once the data is transferred to your cloud account, you can continue with incremental backups.
  • The Express device will be encrypted using the key provided by you while placing the order.

Note: This service is available only within USA and is free once per year. All subsequent requests will be charged.

 

How do I place an order for the BMR Express device?

You should fill out a shipment form with all the necessary information to place an order for the BMR Express device. Remember the encryption key set by you while placing the order. You should enter this key when prompted while mounting the device to the BMR server. Our team will contact you and provide a quote, if required, after you place the order.

To place an order for the BMR Express device,

  1. Go to www.idrive.com and log in with your BMR cloud account credentials.
  2. Click 'IDrive BMR Express' displayed on the left navigation bar.
  3. On the 'Express Backup' tab, select the data size from 'Size of data to be transferred' drop-down menu.
  4. Specify the exact size of data in the 'Special Request / Comments' field, if you have selected 'More than 20TB' from the drop-down menu.
  5. Provide contact information and shipping details in the respective sections.
  6. Go through the shipment agreement and accept the same.
  7. Click 'Place An Order'.

Once you confirm the order, we will ship the device to you with all the required accessories. Follow the set of instructions to transfer data from the BMR server to Express device.

 

I have received the BMR Express device. How can I transfer data from the BMR server to the device?

To transfer data from the BMR server to the Express device after receiving the device,

  1. Connect the Express device to the BMR server.
  2. On the BMR server web interface, click 'Cloud Replication' displayed on the menu bar and go to the 'Cloud Seeding' tab.
  3. If you want to transfer backups of your physical machines, go to the 'Physical Machines' tab. To transfer backups of your VMware server, go to the 'VMware' tab.
  4. Note: Firstly, users should enable cloud replication with IDrive account credentials to access cloud seeding from BMR server web interface.

    Cloud Seeding Tab
  5. Then, Enter the encryption key set by you while placing the order.
  6. Cloud seeding encryption
  7. Select client machine(s) from the 'Select clients to transfer' drop-down menu.
  8. Click 'Transfer Now'.
  9. Cloud seeding transfer

Once data is successfully transferred to the device, you can eject the device and ship it back to IDrive.

 

How soon can I expect data to be transferred to my cloud account once I ship the Express device back to IDrive?

The time required to transfer data to your cloud account depends on the volume of data and our representative will update you on the same once we receive the device from you.

 

Can I transfer data to the cloud via cloud replication during data transfer via BMR Express?

No, you cannot transfer data to the cloud via cloud replication while cloud seeding is in progress. When you start the cloud seeding process, cloud replication will be disabled and all the ongoing backups will be terminated. After Express transfer is completed, cloud replication will be re-enabled from the server end. All your data transfers, including scheduled transfers to the cloud, will start again from the point where the Express transfer ended.

 

Is it possible to retrieve data transferred to the cloud via BMR Express?

Yes, you can retrieve data transferred to the cloud via BMR Express. However, you have to raise a request with the support team for Express restore. For detailed steps on Express restore, refer the BMR Express restore FAQ.

 

I am an existing user of IDrive BMR. Can I avail BMR Express service?

Yes, BMR Express service is available for both existing and new IDrive BMR users. Existing users can use this service to transfer data that is not transferred yet, to the cloud account. After Express transfer is completed, cloud replication will continue transferring any new data to the cloud.

 

I see that cloud replication is disabled while BMR Express service is in progress? When will this be re-enabled?

Cloud replication will be re-enabled from the server side once Express transfer is complete, and all the backups will continue from where you left off.

 

How do I cancel Express transfer after initiating it?

In case you want to cancel Express transfer after initiating it, you should contact the BMR support team to undo any changes made during the process.

 

Is data transferred to the Express device secure during device transit?

Yes, the Express device sent by IDrive will be encrypted using the key provided by you while placing the order for enhanced data protection during transit.