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IDrive Review

By Skye Schooley, business.com Writer | Updated May 01, 2020

IDrive gives small business owners a secure way to back up, store and recover their data. With its seamless online dashboard, affordable rates, scalable services, and collaboration features, IDrive is our pick as the best cloud storage and online backup service for small businesses.

IDrive

IDrive

The Best Cloud Storage and Online Backup Services of 2020

The Verdict

IDrive's versatile and easy-to-use platform is packed with features to back up, store, share and recover your company's data – it's the best cloud storage solution for small businesses.

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IDrive Pricing and Plans

Unlike the many competing cloud storage companies that base their pricing on the number of devices you need to support, IDrive lets you back up unlimited devices for one flat monthly or annual fee. Pricing varies by the amount of storage you need.  

IDrive offers a free plan, which supports up to 5GB of cloud storage, as well as plans for entrepreneurs (IDrive Personal) and small businesses needing a plan for multiple users (IDrive Business). 

Here is a breakdown of each plan. 

IDrive Personal (one user, unlimited computers): 

  • 2TB at $69.50 for the first year, or $139 for two years
  • 5TB at $99.50 for the first year, or $199 for two years 

IDrive Business (unlimited users, unlimited computers and servers): 

  • 250GB at $99.50 for the first year, or $199 for two years
  • 500GB at $199.50 for the first year, or $399 for two years
  • 1.25TB at $499.50 for the first year, or $999 for two years (or $49.95 per month)
  • 2.5TB at $799.50 for the first year, or $1,599 for two years (or $79.95 per month)
  • 5TB at $1,499.50 for the first year, or $2,999 for two years (or $149.95 per month)
  • 12.5TB at $2,999.50 for the first year, or $5,999 for two years (or $299.95 per month) 

If you exceed your storage limit, IDrive charges 25 cents a month per gigabyte for the personal plan and 50 cents a month per gigabyte for business plans. You can upgrade to higher storage plans to avoid an overuse charge. IDrive doesn't offer unlimited storage plans, but customer support informed us that you can add more data to your plan as needed. 

Currently, IDrive is offering new customers 25% off the first year, or 50% off if you sign up for a two-year plan. IDrive also discounts its services for students, educational institutions or anyone with a valid, educational domain-based email address. 

The online backup service offers important features, including synchronization and restoration, device support, group management, archiving, and high-grade security. 

Whether you use a PC, Mac, iOS or Android device, IDrive stores and backs up your files in the cloud. You can access and share files on your mobile devices via IDrive's mobile app. Files and folders sync in real time; IDrive automatically syncs your computers on a scheduled or continuous basis. It provides real-time backup, which means it can detect even the smallest changes to files and back them up. 

The IDrive Snapshot retains versions of your computers or servers in storage, allowing you to back up and restore your system to how it was at previous points in time. Snapshots do not affect your plan's storage capacity. 

IDrive archives files so that none of your data is lost to carelessness. You choose if and when to manually delete files. You can also set up IDrive's archive cleanup tool, which syncs your account data with your latest backup.  

With 256-bit AES encryption, the backup service is completely secure and complies with security regulations, including HIPAA, SOX and GLBA. In the event your local server crashes, IDrive can ship a copy of your data to you. 

IDrive provides 24/7 customer support and can be reached by phone, email and live chat. The company is not accredited with the Better Business Bureau, but the agency gives it an A+ rating.

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IDrive

IDrive

The Best Cloud Storage and Online Backup Services of 2020

The Verdict

IDrive's versatile and easy-to-use platform is packed with features to back up, store, share and recover your company's data – it's the best cloud storage solution for small businesses.

Skye Schooley: Staff
Skye Schooley,
business.com Writer
Skye Schooley is an Arizona native, based in New York City. After receiving a business communication degree from Arizona State University, she spent nearly three years living in four states and backpacking through 16 countries. During her travels, Skye began her blog, which you can find at www.skyeschooley.com. She finally settled down in the Northeast, writing for business.com and Business News Daily. She primarily contributes articles about business technology and the workplace, and reviews remote PC access software and collection agencies.