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

While OneDrive lets you conveniently upload files from multiple devices to the cloud, which you can sync, access and share with ease, it may not serve most of your data backup needs. IDrive protects all of your files with cloud backup and local backup, using 256-bit AES encryption with an optional private key, so only you can access your files. You can automate backups on your computers using Scheduler; protect your mobile devices, social data and much more.

IDrive also helps you speed up initial data backups, without clogging your network bandwidth, using IDrive Express™ – a shuttle service that physically transfers data to the cloud, under a week.

Why IDrive is better: IDrive OneDrive

Basic personal plans

Starts at
$99.50/year $69.65 first year

5 TB Backup + 5 TB Cloud Drive

Microsoft Office 365 Personal with Premium OneDrive
at $69.99/year

Store and sync up to 1 TB

Multiple computer backup with basic plan

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

OneDrive is a data sync service. Upload and sync files across devices.

Snapshot-based restore

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

Snapshot-based restore is not supported

Local backup

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

Does not support local 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

Mobile backup
(iPhone, iPad, Android Backup)

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

You can upload only files, photos and videos using the OneDrive mobile app. OneDrive does not backup device contacts and calendar.

Automated data backup

Automate your online and local data backups with Scheduler

Does not support automated data protection

Data encryption on transfer and storage

Files are transferred and stored encrypted via 256-bit AES encryption

Files are transferred and stored encrypted via 256-bit AES encryption

Private key encryption

A user-defined key, not stored anywhere on IDrive servers, can be used for data encryption ensuring utmost security

Does not support private key encryption

Free physical data shipment

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

Does not provide physical data shipment

Continuous Data Protection

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

Files are synced in real time across the cloud and the linked devices

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 deleted from the cloud and from the linked devices

Server cloud backup
(SQL, Exchange, Oracle)

Available for all IDrive plans, even for the FREE account

Does not support server backup

Disk Clone

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

Does not support disk clone

Create user accounts within your storage space

Available only for business plans

You cannot share your account storage space


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

Here's what the experts say:

A Great Storage and Backup Combo. – Fergus O'Sullivan, June 7, 2023

IDrive gets even better with unlimited backups of your Google, Microsoft cloud.– Mark Hachman, May 03, 2023

Having reviewed IDrive’s online backup service several times over the years, I’m familiar with the company’s penchant for feature-rich efforts. And RemotePC, which can leverage IDrive for backup, is the most feature-laden remote desktop software on the planet. I like the attitude-if it can or should be done, let’s just do it.– Jon L.Jacobi, July 21, 2022

As a pure storage solution for all of your mobile photography, this is easily the most affordable unlimited option we've seen. And with IDrive's strong track record in the cloud storage realm, it's also one that you can trust. – Sean Riley, June 03, 2021

IDrive is a top-notch cloud storage service. - Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, March 08, 2021

Effortless remote backup - A versatile and feature-rich hybrid backup solution that’s simple to use and perfectly priced for SMBs. - Dave Mitchell, August 18, 2020

IDrive - The cheapest cloud storage service of 2020 for all your files. If all you care about is lots of storage on the cheap, this service can't be topped. - David Murphy, August 13, 2020

IDrive is like a checklist of everything most people could want from a cloud storage service. It's fast, incredibly simple to use, and it offers excellent security so you know your files are secure at all times. – Jennifer Allen, August 04, 2020

Best overall choice thanks to a rock-bottom price. – Desire Athow, July 06, 2020

IDrive's versatile and easy-to-use platform is packed with features and different ways to back up, store and recover your company's data, which is why we named it our best pick for small businesses. – Andreas Rivera, June 12, 2018

IDrive is best for anyone who has multiple machines to back up. – Sean Riley, May 15, 2018

Online backup for the person who wants everything; Backup, storage, sharing, local backup... IDrive does just about everything. – Jon L.Jacobi, September 28, 2017

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, March 27, 2014

IDrive Express is a common-sense solution to time-consuming backups. – Michael S.Lasky, November 25, 2013