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

iCloud stores your photos, videos, documents, music, apps and more, keeping them updated across all your Apple devices. However, it has its own limitations and downsides when compared with IDrive. The major benefit of using IDrive is that it is cross-platform compatible - you can backup and restore files across PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, Androids and Windows Phone devices.

Furthermore, IDrive uses 256-bit AES encryption, along with an optional private key for additional security - known only to you.

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Personal plans

Starts at
$69.50 $52.12 first year

2 TB backup + 2 TB sync

Starts at
$11.88/year

50 GB 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

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Multiple computer backup with basic plan across all platforms

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

Limited backup functionality for Windows

You can backup data stored in Windows computer, provided your Apple ID is used to setup iCloud on atleast one Apple device

Mobile Device Backup across all platforms

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

For iOS devices only

Snapshot-based restore

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

Does not support snapshot-based restore

Hybrid backup

A combination of local and cloud 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!

File sync is available for all plans

Server backup
(SQL, Exchange, Oracle, SharePoint)

Available for all IDrive plans, even for the FREE account

Does not support server backup

True archiving

Data, once backed up, is never deleted even after it is removed from its original location on your computer, unless you delete it manually

Files once deleted from your computer are instantly removed from the cloud and from linked devices

Facebook/Instagram backup

Backup your facebook/instagram photos and videos to your cloud account using IDrive

Does not support facebook/instagram backup

Disk image backup

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

Does not support disk image backup

Versioning

IDrive maintains up to 10 previous versions of all the files in your account

Maintains previous versions of only iWork documents

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.

Uses 128-bit AES encryption

Private key encryption

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

User-defined text string is not supported

Centralized admin console

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

Web-only access is available to view backed up data

   

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