When I login to my IDrive account for the first time on a machine, I notice that some data has already been scheduled for backup. Why?
IDrive is an automated online backup application. To safeguard your critical data, the Desktop, Downloads, Documents, Library, Music, Movies and Pictures folders are selected for backup by default, with the scheduled time set to off-peak hours. If these settings are not altered, the application commences the backup of the default Backup set once the scheduled backup time is reached. However, you can change the settings.
On a first login to your account, a screen is displayed as below from where you can edit the contents of backup set by clicking on the 'Change…' button, and schedule parameters.
If I perform frequent backups, would I end up using my quota quickly?
IDrive deploys an intelligent incremental backup system where changes to contents of the Backup set are sent to the IDrive servers. If data is removed / deleted / reduced, the space used in the
account reduces. The latest file copy is used to compute your quota. The previous versions of files are stored free.
I have deleted some unwanted files / folders from my IDrive account, yet the 'Total storage space used' remains unchanged. Why?
The 'Total storage space used' information is not displayed in real-time, but computed on a periodical basis. For updated information, click on . For accounts with large number of files the process may take a while.
How do I locate files / folders in my IDrive account?
To locate files / folders backed up to your IDrive account, enter the search term (full or partial file / folder name) on the 'Restore' tab and press the 'Enter' key. Entries matching the search criteria are displayed and can be restored.
What is the Archive Cleanup feature and how does it work?
The Archive Cleanup feature lets you match the contents in your IDrive account with your Mac. This is a useful option if you have removed data from your computer and wish to do the same automatically from your account.
To use this feature, click on 'Archive Cleanup' > 'Cleanup Now' button under 'Backup' tab. IDrive will generate a list of items to be deleted from your account. Click 'Delete' to delete them permanently from your account.
Note: Archive Cleanup is not supported for USB and network mounted drives.
Periodic Cleanup feature matches files between your Mac and IDrive account with a lag of 30-days (applicable only for scheduled backups). In other words, if data is removed from your Mac that was previously backed up, the corresponding data in your online account is deleted after 30-days. This is useful in keeping your account size at optimal. The percentage mention refers to files considered for deletion in your account as a percentage of total number of files. The purpose of this percentage based control is to avoid large deletion of files in your account due to some unforeseen event on your Mac.
To access this option, click 'Archive Cleanup' button under 'Backup' tab and select the 'Periodic Cleanup' checkbox.
This may result in automatic deletion of data from your IDrive account. Set this option carefully.
Periodic Cleanup is not supported for USB and network mounted drives.
IDrive maintains detailed logs of operations like backup, restore, sync, delete, etc. performed in your account.
To view the activity logs, click on 'View Logs' displayed on the top-right corner.
Alternatively, you can right-click on the IDrive status item and select the 'View Log' option.
Note: To delete logs and log category details, click against the specific log and click 'Yes' in the confirmation window.
Uninstalling IDrive from your Mac leaves your data vulnerable to digital accidents. To uninstall IDrive,
1. Go to File > New Finder Window > Applications > IDrive.app.
2. Right-click IDrive.app > Show Package Contents.
3. Navigate to Content > MacOS and double-click IDriveUninstaller.
4. You will be prompted to confirm the uninstallation process. Click 'Uninstall' to proceed with uninstallation.
5. Enter the valid system password (administrator password) and click 'OK'.
Is it possible to restore the files that are accidentally deleted from my IDrive account?
All the files that are deleted from your account will be moved to Trash. You can either move your files to the original location in your IDrive account or restore them to your local computer. The files present in Trash will automatically get deleted after a 30 day period.
To restore/move your files from Trash, follow these steps:
Click 'Trash' in the 'Restore' tab.
Select the check box to restore/move the desired files.
Click to move the files to the original location in your IDrive account. Or click to restore your files to the desired location in your local computer.
I have backed up certain folders (containing multimedia, etc.) which are not going to change. Can I remove them from my Backup set, presuming that the backed up data wouldn't be affected?
After you have backed up files that you will not update, you
can remove them from your backup set. All files, once backed up, remains unaffected
in your IDrive account even if you remove their reference from your backup
I see 'Upload multiple file chunks simultaneously' option selected by default under the Settings tab. Why is that?
The 'Upload multiple file chunks simultaneously' option will improve the data transfer speed during backups. This option is selected by default for user convenience. For optimum speed, ensure the internet bandwidth is high during data backups.
Do I need to pre-authorize IDrive in Mac OS Mojave to provide access to privacy sensitive data?
Yes, Mac OS Mojave requires user consent for applications to access privacy sensitive data. Hence you need to grant full disk access permission to IDrive and IDriveDaemon, in order to backup privacy sensitive data.
To pre authorize IDrive.app and IDriveDaemon.app,
Choose 'System Preferences' from the Apple menu.
Click 'Security & Privacy'.
Select 'Full Disk Access' under 'Privacy' pane.
Click and provide system authentication to allow changes.
Navigate to 'Macintosh HD > Applications > IDrive.app' to add 'IDrive' under Full Disk Access.
To pre authorize the IDriveDaemon.app, click .
Navigate to 'Macintosh HD > Library > Application Support > IDriveforMac > IDriveHelperTools > IDriveDaemon.app' and add 'IDriveDaemon' under Full Disk Access.
Re-install the IDrive application or restart your computer for changes to reflect.
1. From the 'Backup' tab, click 'Change…' and select the files / folders.
2. Click the 'Scheduler' tab and set the day, time and frequency for backup.
You can opt to receive email / desktop notifications on completion of the backup operation.
Can I schedule full and incremental backup on specific days?
IDrive does not have the conventional concept of full and
incremental backups (where modified data is stored separately from full backup). Every backup is basically a full backup with an
IDrive overwrites the full backup with the modifications made to it during backup. In other words, you have full backup results each time. This helps in fast restores when needed.
IDrive uses advanced patching technology to determine the changed data at source and apply only the modified blocks on to the data at IDrive. No efficiency is lost due to IDrive methodology of updating full backups directly every time.
How can I perform an immediate backup without signing into the application?
Click the IDrive status item on the system menu bar and select 'Scheduler' > 'Manage all scheduled jobs'. In the 'Manage all Scheduled Jobs' screen, select the 'Start the backup immediately' check box. This will immediately execute backups for the backup set, provided you have created one and logged into the application at least once before.
I am backing up an external network drive to my IDrive account. If I use a new Mac machine with the same external network drive attached to it, will it impact the backups?
By default, IDrive creates a unique root folder with the Mac name to backup data, which mirrors the complete data structure hierarchy of your Mac. So your files from external drives will be backed up to the connected Mac name folder.
If you now connect your external drive to the new Mac machine and perform the backup, your backups will be impacted, as data from the external drive will be backed up to the new Mac name folder created under your account.
However, in case the Mac machine names are same on both the old and new systems, your backups will not be impacted.
Will a missed scheduled backup take place when the computer is restarted after the scheduled time?
Yes. The scheduled backup will commence as soon as you restart the computer even if it is after the scheduled time. However, this is applicable only if you have selected the 'Start the missed scheduled backup when the computer is turned on' option from the 'Scheduler' tab.
In case you have not selected the option, then the scheduled backup will commence only if you restart the computer within 30 minutes of the scheduled time.
If you restart the computer after 30 minutes of the scheduled time, the scheduled backup will commence at the next frequency (as per the date and time that was set earlier).
Can I automatically stop the scheduled backup in IDrive if my laptop battery is running low?
Yes, you can choose to stop your ongoing scheduled backup whenever your laptop battery drops below a predefined value. To enable this option, simply go to the 'Settings', select the corresponding checkbox, and set the battery percentage anything between 20 through 50.
The status of your scheduled backups can be viewed using the IDrive status item on the system menu bar.
Click 'View Logs' button on the top-right corner of the IDrive window and select 'Backup' folder to see the log files of the recent sessions.
One of the two IDrive accounts I hold has expired. I had scheduled backup job from both the accounts. I want to delete the same from the account that has expired while retaining the jobs for the other account. Is this possible?
Yes, you can delete the scheduled backup/restore jobs using the 'Manage all the Scheduled Jobs' feature in IDrive.
Click the IDrive status item on the system menu bar and select 'Scheduler' > 'Manage all scheduled jobs'. In the 'Manage all Scheduled Jobs' screen, right-click on the scheduled backup from the list and click 'Delete'. You will be prompted to confirm the deletion, click the 'Yes' button.
When I am logging in to my IDrive account for the first time on a new computer, it is asking me to select location/computer for backup. Why?
IDrive allows you to restore your previous computer's backup archive on your new computer. You can select the 'Adopt / Link to an existing location / computer' option, after logging in reconnect to the previous computer's backup archive in case you are replacing an old computer, replacing computer's hard drive or recovering after an OS reinstall. By adopting the previous computer's backup archive, you can avoid time consuming initial backup of your files.
To adopt your backup archive,
Download and install IDrive on your computer.
Login to IDrive using your credentials.
Click on 'Adopt / Link to an existing location / computer' when prompted to select location/computer for backup. A list of locations/computers linked to your account appears.
Select the desired computer/location from the list and click on 'Adopt / Link Selected Location' to restore your previous backups.
In case you do not wish to adopt your previous backups on the new machine, you can click 'Proceed to create new location with this computer name' when prompted to select location/computer for backup.
I can see a 'Snapshot' button on the Restore tab menu. What is it?
Certain accounts may see the feature 'snapshots' in the application. Snapshots are historical view of your data, stored in IDrive account, which allow you to perform point-in-time recovery. They are useful in case your files are corrupted by malware and you want to restore a previous version of the files.
To perform snapshot based restore,
Go to the 'Restore' tab and click 'Snapshots'.
Select the date and time and click 'Submit'. A list of all the data backed up on or before the selected date appears.
Select the required files/folders and click 'Restore Now'.
Do I need to backup Time Machine data folder to my IDrive account?
If you have selected all required files / folders that needs to be backed up from your Mac then there is no need to backup Time Machine data again as it will duplicate the backup data on your IDrive account. To avoid this duplicate copy, by default IDrive will exclude Time Machine data ('Backups.backupdb') folder from your backup.
If you want to include Time Machine folder in your backup set,
Go to the 'Settings' tab.
Under 'Excluded Files / folders from backup' section, select the 'Files/Folders with partial names' option.
Select the 'Backups.backupdb' folder to include in the backup set.
IDrive links all of your devices such that whenever a file is updated, it is instantly available on all linked devices. For syncing files, IDrive creates a unique folder on every linked computer and provides separate cloud storage. You can sync files using the Sync folder on linked desktops, or directly via IDrive.com and mobile apps.
Your IDrive Sync folder's storage space is the same as the IDrive plan that you choose. The size is independent of the IDrive account storage. Hence, as long as there is enough space in your IDrive Sync folder, you can continue syncing data to it, even if your IDrive account space gets used up. For example, if you sign up for a 2 TB Personal plan, you get additional 2 TB space for your IDrive Sync folder.
Selective Sync is a feature that allows you to select only the folders you want to sync to your Mac. It gives you the control to ensure that you have only the files you need on a particular computer. It is helpful if you want to save space on your computers with limited hard disk space.
Why do I see a gray circle with a minus sign on the new folder that I have created in the Sync folder?
The folder name that you have created is same as the folder name that already exists in your sync storage, but you have opted not to Sync this folder using 'Selective Sync' feature. Due to this the folder will appear with a gray circle and a minus sign, indicating that it cannot be synced.
If you wish to sync this folder, either rename the folder or from the IDrive desktop application, go to 'Selective Sync' and select the particular folder for sync. The original folder will keep its name, while the newer one will be suffixed with '(Selective Sync Conflict)'.
Will my files still sync if my computer is turned off?
IDrive will not be able to sync or access your data from computers or other devices unless they are turned on and connected to the Internet. If a computer is turned off when a file is updated from another device, IDrive will update that file, once the computer is on and connected to the Internet.
IDrive retains previous versions of all files backed up to your account. Currently you can restore 30 previous file versions, and for accounts created prior to 11-07-2018 you can restore up to 10 versions, to any location on your local computer.
Does versioning (previous versions of files) impact the available quota (storage space in my account)?
Your available quota depends on the storage requirements of the most recent view of your data. Backup of older versions do require additional space, however, this is not charged to your usage. In other words versioning does not increase your storage requirement.
Does IDrive support folder-wise restore of files with earlier versions? *
Yes, to restore a folder with earlier versions of files, you can right click on the required folder and hover on 'Restore Versions' any of the following options:
Most Recent - Use this option to restore all the latest versions of files in the folder.
Example: If a folder has 5 files, all the 5 files will be restored in its latest versions available.
2nd Most Recent - Use this option to restore files prior to the last backed up version.
Example: If a file in the folder has 3 different versions, this feature will restore only the version prior to the last backed up, i.e., file version 2.
3rd Most Recent - Use this option to restore third last version of a file in a folder.
Example: If a file in the folder has 3 different versions, this feature will only restore file version 1.
More - Provides an option to restore from fourth to tenth most recent version of files in a folder.