By Andreas Rivera, business.com Writer | Updated Mar 16, 2019
OpenDrive is a cloud service that allows you to not only back up your data, but also upload and access specific content, such as documents, photos, video and music. One terrific feature is the ability to edit documents that aren't on your main computer and sync files via the cloud to other computers and iOS devices. You can also collaborate with others on your projects, but you can't sync your email, contacts or calendar.
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Plans and Pricing
OpenDrive's business plans are highly customizable, allowing you to choose just how much storage and bandwidth you need to fit your budget. If you can afford it, there's a plan that comes with unlimited storage, file size and bandwidth. This is $29.95 per month with one user account. Additional accounts are an extra $4.95 each.
OpenDrive's sync feature allows you to make changes to files on any of your devices, and those changes will save on all synced computers and iOS devices. For example, if you write a report at work and decide later you need to make changes, you can open the OpenDrive app on your home computer and make changes. They will appear on all the computers you've synced to this cloud service. There is an option to make changes, then save and create a new document.
Once you've uploaded files to OpenDrive, you can share links to specific documents with others so they can collaborate with you. You can find and copy the links from the OpenDrive cloud service app or your online account. No one can access anything without you providing a hotlink. If you're a premium user, all your data and files are secure with 256-bit encryption.
The public folder is also a great way to share files and collaborate with others, and fortunately, it isn't open for anyone online to find and access the files. You can allow certain users to only see specific items you upload, such as a report you're working on with a co-worker, but they won't be able to see vacation photos you've uploaded to your OpenDrive public folder for your friends and family to view.
When collaborating with others, any changes you or they make will appear across all synced computers. You won't have any issues figuring out which document version is current, since changes are made across all devices in real time.
You can set up OpenDrive to back up all your important data by downloading the app to your PC or Mac and setting it up to save whichever files or folders you'd like to back up. Files and folders are backed up safely, so if your system fails, you can restore data easily to your new computer or hard drive.
You're not limited to sharing and syncing documents with this cloud service but also photos, music and videos. Once you've uploaded files, you can view these across your synced computers and iOS devices.
OpenDrive lacks some essential sharing features to help keep the data you share between you and your recipient. The file-sharing tool only gives you a URL for you to share with the recipient. There's no password protection or expiration time. You have to manually set a file to private or remove it once you want the file to be unavailable through the link.
OpenDrive is a good cloud storage and file-sharing service for businesses and individuals alike. It provides a convenient collaboration platform; just be mindful that it lacks some security features for your shared files.