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IDriveSync Review

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Expert Rating: 8.6 User Rating: 7.2

Review by Steven Johnson
Written: May 30, 2012
Updated: July 29, 2013
 
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Installation

It's really easy to get started with IDriveSync. The website is very simple. Once signed up, you can download the software. Either use the 5GB free plan or buy more space. We found installation to be very easy. Once it is done installing it is ready to use.

Syncing

Like any sync folder utility (ZipCloud, Dropbox, etc…) IDriveSync installs an 'IDriveSync Folder' on to your computer. Once Installation is complete, drag files and copy them in to the folder to automatically have them synced through the cloud

One aspect of sync folders, in general, that we do not like is that you can't add files from other folders without making a duplicate on your computer. This ends up making a copy of all files you want backed up. Companies like SugarSync and ZipCloud allow you to select and manage any file on your hard drive to be synced without creating a duplicate on your computer.

Restoring files

Any file that is deleted from the sync folder are moved into the "Trash" for 30 days before they are completely deleted. We deleted several files to see if they would remain on the website, we found them in the trash and clicked, "Put Back". This restores the deleted items to the place where they were last.

Sharing

Sharing is excellent. You can share folders with friends or give out public URLs for people to see a file. IDriveSync integrated Facebook and email so that it is easy to share files and folders with contacts. You can even form groups of people to share select files and folders with. We thought this was a great way to simplify the sharing aspect of syncing.

Mobile apps

They have a great app that is easy to use with the iPhone. It is quick and responsive. It allows you to see all of the files on your IDrive account. You can also upload photos from your library or take photos directly through the app.

Conclusion

IDriveSync is a great syncing utility. It gets all of the files you want synced to all the devices you attach to the account. It's great for sharing because of it's easy to use contacts feature. We think they have done a pretty good job making a cloud syncing product. Though we would like it if we could backup files that are not in the sync folder.
Overall rating 
 
8.6
Ease of Use 
 
9.0
Features 
 
9.0
Space / Price 
 
8.0
Customer Support 
 
9.0
Security 
 
8.0

Great syncing & sharing utility

Reviewed by: Steven Johnson
Experience Level: Backup Professional
Customer for: one to three months
Reviewed on: June 26, 2012

Overview

IDriveSync is a sync folder that syncs files across multiple computers. It has an intuitive and easy to use web interface, it's simple to get synced files, and it has some unique sharing options.

Overall IDrive sync does a great job as a simple sync folder, but we would also like it if we could sync files not in the Sync Folder.

Pros and Cons

Pros
Lightweight, clean design
Easy to use
Syncs files automatically
Versatile web interface with good sharing utility
Cons
Doesn't back up files outside of the Sync Folder

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Installation

It's really easy to get started with IDriveSync. The website is very simple. Once signed up, you can download the software. Either use the 5GB free plan or buy more space. We found installation to be very easy. Once it is done installing it is ready to use.

Syncing

Like any sync folder utility (ZipCloud, Dropbox, etc…) IDriveSync installs an 'IDriveSync Folder' on to your computer. Once Installation is complete, drag files and copy them in to the folder to automatically have them synced through the cloud

One aspect of sync folders, in general, that we do not like is that you can't add files from other folders without making a duplicate on your computer. This ends up making a copy of all files you want backed up. Companies like SugarSync and ZipCloud allow you to select and manage any file on your hard drive to be synced without creating a duplicate on your computer.

Restoring files

Any file that is deleted from the sync folder are moved into the "Trash" for 30 days before they are completely deleted. We deleted several files to see if they would remain on the website, we found them in the trash and clicked, "Put Back". This restores the deleted items to the place where they were last.

Sharing

Sharing is excellent. You can share folders with friends or give out public URLs for people to see a file. IDriveSync integrated Facebook and email so that it is easy to share files and folders with contacts. You can even form groups of people to share select files and folders with. We thought this was a great way to simplify the sharing aspect of syncing.

Mobile apps

They have a great app that is easy to use with the iPhone. It is quick and responsive. It allows you to see all of the files on your IDrive account. You can also upload photos from your library or take photos directly through the app.

Conclusion

IDriveSync is a great syncing utility. It gets all of the files you want synced to all the devices you attach to the account. It's great for sharing because of it's easy to use contacts feature. We think they have done a pretty good job making a cloud syncing product. Though we would like it if we could backup files that are not in the sync folder.

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User reviews

Average user rating from: 2 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
7.2
Ease of Use 
 
5.0  (2)
Features 
 
9.0  (2)
Space / Price 
 
9.0  (2)
Customer Support 
 
5.5  (2)
Security 
 
7.5  (2)
Ratings (the higher the better)
  • Ease of Use
    How easy was the software to configure and run your first backup?
  • Features
    How many helpful tools are available?
  • Space / Price
    How much space do you get for your money?
  • Customer Support
    How helpful and accessible is customer support?
  • Security
    How secure do you feel your data is?
Overview
Pros and Cons
Comments
good overall experience.
Overall rating 
 
9.4
Ease of Use 
 
9.0
Features 
 
10.0
Space / Price 
 
10.0
Customer Support 
 
9.0
Security 
 
9.0

very good

Overall Rating: 9.4 out of 10
Reviewed by: Mnemonics
Experience Level: Backup User
Customer for: three months to one year
Reviewed on: July 25, 2012

Pros and Cons

Pros
very good
Cons
Nothing major...

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good overall experience.

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I tried hard to work with IDrive support to get the product working, but ultimately the product has some real problems and the support model is terrible. Until IDrive address these points I advise against using this service.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Ease of Use 
 
1.0
Features 
 
8.0
Space / Price 
 
8.0
Customer Support 
 
2.0
Security 
 
6.0

IDrive - good features and price. But for me - unusable

Overall Rating: 5.0 out of 10
Reviewed by: John Talintyre
Experience Level: Backup Expert
Customer for: three months to one year
Reviewed on: July 06, 2012

Pros and Cons

Pros
Good features - especially ability to backup network devices (NAS)
Good price for generous storage
Cons
Would be constantly asking permission to make changes to the computer - made it almost unusable.
Support model - drove me mad. All by IM, not response to emails and you can't update support tickets.
Got confused about IP address changes and would then refuse to do backups.
Can't change config whilst backup is running.

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I tried hard to work with IDrive support to get the product working, but ultimately the product has some real problems and the support model is terrible. Until IDrive address these points I advise against using this service.

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Company Overview

Lowest Price
$4.95/Month
Storage Space
150GB
Free Plan
10GB
Single Computer Plans
Yes
Multi Computer Plans
Yes
Business Plans
No
Year Established
1995

Supported Operating Systems

Windows
Yes
Mac OSX
Yes
Linux
No
Windows Server
No
iPhone / iPad
Yes
Android
Yes
Windows Mobile
No
Blackberry
No

Backup Features

Scheduler
No
Versioning / Snapshot
Yes
Browse Online Files
Yes
Incremental Backup
Yes
Bandwidth Throttle
No
Idle Backup
Yes
Resumes After Interruption
Yes
Email/Online Ticket Support
Yes
Phone Support
Yes
Live Chat
Yes
FAQs
Yes
Tutorials
No
Video Tutorials
No

Web/Mobile/Remote Access

Web Access
Yes
Mobile Phone Access
Yes
FTP Access
No
Can Set Permissions
Yes

File Restore Options

Backup Software Restore
Yes
Web Interface Restore
Yes
Zip File Restore
No
FTP File Restore
No
Physical Media Restore
No

Security

SSL Secure Transfer
Yes
Data Encryption
Yes
Geo-Redundant Storage
Yes
User Generated Encryption Key
Yes

Notable Features:

  • Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android compatible
  • Easy to share files
  • Share with custom groups
  • 5GB free space
  • Easy to reach tech support options

Company Highlights:

IDriveSync has a great user interface, it works on all of the popular devices and does a great job of syncing files easily. You can backup files from your phone, see them online then share with contacts. The web interface provides a way to add Facebook and email contacts.

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Summary

IDriveSync is a file syncing service offered by Pro Softnet. IDriveSync comes with a sync folder for your computer and syncs with all of your devices. It works with Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

IDriveSync's web interface makes it easy to upload files like photos and videos and share them with friends. You can connect using Facebook or Emails to send and manage shared files. With over 15 years of experience in online backup, Pro Softnet made IDriveSync work very well.

IDriveSync Plans and Pricing

  • Free - 5GB's Storage
  • IDriveSync Pro - $4.95/Month for 150GB's ($49.50/Year)

Features: Unlimited device and file retention with version history. Visual file sharing using drag-and-drop tools. Create groups to share with using Facebook and Email contacts. Use across platforms with Mac, Windows and Android support. Expertly secure and encrypted servers. File version history.

Company Profile

Pro Softnet Corp. was founded in 1995 by current President and CEO Raghu Kulkarni. Located in Calabasas, CA, iBackup has been used by several Fortune 100 companies and have over 800,000 subscribers. They have won multiple awards including 'Favorite Backup Service' by PC World Magazine. Their vision is "...to provide the world's best Online Backup, Storage, Sync and Remote Access service for consumers and small businesses".

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