Enterprise Level Protection with IDrive’s DataCenter Backup Service


Our new backup service, IDrive DataCenter Edition, is the first of its kind for IDrive, providing enterprise level cloud backup for Linux-based Data Centers and hosting companies and eliminates the need for command line scripting, which is generally a difficult and time-consuming task utilized by other Linux backup services.

In a marketplace dominated by command-line tools for backup, we’re excited to provide an alternative option for our users. Our DataCenter Backup solution brings secure data protection to the Linux platform in a user-friendly way, targeting data centers and hosting companies that manage multiple Linux systems or personal users who have several Linux servers to secure. DataCenter Backup has a web-based Graphical User Interface (GUI), which is also optimized for mobile, enabling offsite management and gives users the ability to perform backup/restore functions as well as administer or schedule tasks from a remote location.

Key Features of IDrive DataCenter Edition:

  • Easy to install, maintain, and upgrade.

  • Web-based GUI.

  • Eliminates the need for scripting.

  • Remote management for multiple servers at once.

  • Interactive or automated backup using the scheduler.

  • Optimized for mobile.

  • User-based regulation of the amount of bandwidth backups can take up.

  • Use of 256-bit AES encryption with an optional private key as an extra layer of protection.


We understand the importance of securing mass amounts of data efficiently while staying within a budget. Our IDrive DataCenter solution is currently available for personal or business use with various pricing plan options. Custom storage accounts can also be discussed by contacting our support team.

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Keep data safe in the face of new Virus Threats – Check out IDrive Rewind

We recently featured our IDrive Rewind service, which provides up to 30 previous versions of secure data backups, ideal for users who want to protect their data from Crypto Virus attacks and other harmful ransomware threats. Rewind is back in the spotlight due to the recent outbreak of new, more complex Crypto Viruses.

Crypto Viruses are extremely serious threats in which data is encrypted by a third party and held for ransom, making it impossible for users to access their data. Critroni, a new virus, more powerful than the very resilient and well known CryptoLocker, is an advanced program that encrypts data faster and makes data recovery even more impossible. Another threat, Simplocker, is a program that encrypts data on Android phones as well as their SD card archives, so even data backups stored on the SD card will be inaccessible.

Rewind offers an improved method for accessing and restoring data so, in the event your data is compromised by a virus threat, you can restore a clean version of your data. And, even if the latest file in your backup is corrupt, you can revert back to previous unaffected file/folder versions. This enables users to restore files to their computers and avoid paying the ransom that many virus creators demand in exchange for the key that they claim will unlock the encrypted data. (In many instances, even when the ransom is paid, the encrypted data is never restored and is still permanently lost.)

Rewind Features:

  • File Versioning for up to 30 previous files.

  • Folder Versioning for up to 10 previous folder versions.

  • Previous files/folders do not take up storage quota space.

  • Users can go into their backup history and restore earlier versions of files or folders in bulk rather than restoring files one by one, which is very time consuming.

Proactively protecting data with online backup is key for ensuring that a copy of all data is secure in an offsite location, and unreachable to Crypto Viruses. If you already have an IDrive account, you can utilize Rewind for no additional charge at any time!

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Faster Database Backup & Restore with IDrive’s Express Database Plug-In

IDrive Express Plugin

Backing up a server database is a lengthy process, especially for the initial backup. Uploading mass amounts of data to an online account via the internet can take days or even weeks depending on the bandwidth speed; but there’s no way around it – data backup is essential.

That’s where IDrive’s Express Database Plug-In comes to the rescue, making data backup and restore for databases faster and easier.

The plug-in works in association with our IDrive Express service, which uses a physical drive to ship large amounts of data to a user’s online account, eliminating bandwidth usage and speeds the process up. The plug-in is ideal for businesses that utilize database servers and are looking for faster backup or restore.

The IDrive Express Plug-In is available free of charge and works with MS SQL, MS Exchange, and MS SharePoint Server databases.

How does it work?
  • Simply download the plug-in for free.

  • Request an IDrive Express drive (up to 3TB).

  • Once you receive the drive, select the data from your database and add it to the physical drive.

  • Ship the drive with your data back to IDrive.

  • We will then transfer your data from the device to our secure servers.

  • Within 3-5 business days, your data will be accessible from your IDrive online account and incremental backups can commence via the plug-in thereafter.

We recognize that business continuity often depends on speed and uninterrupted workflow, so we’ve created a plug-in for our Express Service to provide a faster backup and restore process that encourages productivity while simultaneously promoting data protection.

*The IDrive Express service is free three times a year for Pro Business users, $59.95 after that, shipping included. IDrive Express can be utilized for up to 3 TB of data backup or retrieval, and is available in the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and the UK. The Express Database Plug-In is always free of charge to download and use.

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IDrive’s Review Roundup


In case you missed them when they were originally released, we’re recapping some of the flattering reviews we’ve received recently. We truly appreciate the kind words from such reputable sources.

Here are some of the highlights:

PCWorld – 5/23/14

“If there’s online backup that could be called ‘full-service’ it’s venerable IDrive. Not only does IDrive provide traditional backup, real-time backup, file sharing, and syncing files across multiple PCs and devices (Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android), it’s one of the few services that still offers a free 5GB account.” – Jon L. Jacobi

Lifehacker – 3/27/14:

“IDrive offers some compelling features you don’t typically find elsewhere. You can set your own encryption key for your data, which means extra protection for both your backups and your synced folder. Also, the free IDrive Express service makes it faster to backup and retrieve your data: Upon request, IDrive will send you an external drive you can transfer up to 3 TB of data to; send it back and they’ll upload the data for you. You can similarly request a storage device to retrieve your data off of. I played with the service a bit this week and found backups to be quick and simple.” – Melanie Pinola

Wired – 11/25/13:

“Having tried my share of cloud-based backup services, I see the IDrive Express service as something that’s certainly worth the price. It’s convenient and easy, and it provides peace of mind. That you can backup multiple computers and devices adds to its appeal. It’s a common-sense solution to time-consuming online backups.” – Michael S. Lasky

Notebook Review – 11/8/13:

“IDrive is packed with useful features such as continuous backup, incremental backup, archiving, 256-bit encryption, and IDrive Express. It is a fully featured and easy-to-use online backup solution. We found it simple to set up IDrive on a PC and start a backup. The user interface in both the desktop application and the web browser are straightforward and concise. One of IDrive’s strongest features is incremental backups. IDrive checks all of the right boxes for a solid, fully featured online backup solution, and we’re happy to recommend it.” – Charles P. Jefferies

PCMagazine – 9/6/13:

“IDrive’s app, working together with its Web interface and apps for PCs, Macs, and Android devices, really does put you in control over what you want to back up and where and how you want to access and share it. All the interfaces are clear and pleasant, and the service offers definite advantages over iCloud and Gdrive. There’s a heck of a lot to like about IDrive: Since it does some things that none of the alternatives do, it earns a 4 out of 5 star rating and a PCM Editors’ Choice.” – Michael Muchmore

We’re always excited to share such positive feedback, as it fuels us to continue to consistently improve our service offering.

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IDrive’s QNAP Backup App for NAS Devices


Ensuring critical company data is securely backed up is essential for the continuity of every business. The use of an onsite storage device, such as QNAP Network Attached Storage (NAS), is a highly utilized method for protecting business data as it provides on location data backup and centralized storage. However, a fully comprehensive disaster recovery strategy must also include an offsite backup of critical data as well.

We realize many NAS users need a more complex backup strategy, so we created the IDrive QNAP Online Backup App for NAS devices. The QNAP Backup App is fast, affordable, and extremely secure, providing the protection every business needs to ensure continuity, even in the face of a data disaster.


Key Features for the IDrive QNAP backup app:


  • Interactive backup and restore for data present in QNAP NAS devices.

  • Option for scheduling automatic backups and restores, as per convenience.

  • Email notifications on completion of scheduled backup operations.

  • Availability of elaborate log reports detailing account activities.

  • Files are protected during transfer and storage using 256-bit AES encryption with an optional private key for heightened security.

  • Create multiple backup sets and restore sets for customized backup and restore.

  • Customization of backup location.

  • Real time quota calculation and log status updates for scheduled and manual jobs.


The IDrive QNAP backup app is available, free of charge, for all personal and business IDrive accounts. It’s never worth the risk, make it a priority to protect critical data with a trusted and reliable online backup strategy.

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IDrive Feature of the Week: True Archiving

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As the saying goes, everything old is new again. So, this week, we’re highlighting an older feature that is just as useful now as it was when we first introduced it: True Archiving.

If you’re unfamiliar with True Archiving, it’s a feature that allows you to restore old versions of your files, even if they are no longer present on your computer. Once you’ve backed up a file to your IDrive account (even just once), it remains there forever (unless you manually delete it or use our Archive Cleanup tool).

IDrive also retains up to 30 versions of files that have been backed up to your account, so whenever you make a change, you can roll-back if you need to. And, those earlier versions do NOT count toward the space in your storage quota.

How can True Archiving be of use to you?

  • You can restore your files, even if the version you want (or the file itself) is no longer present on your computer. It is still in your IDrive cloud account and available for retrieval whenever you need it.

  • You can restore earlier versions of files in the event of a data disaster. (i.e. If your computer is affected by a virus some of the most recent backups may contain files that are infected. True Archiving allows you to restore earlier, clean versions.)

  • Salvage an older version of a file you’ve made changes to. If you edit or update a file and forget to save the original changes, the older version will still be in your IDrive account, provided it was backed up previously.


With True Archiving, there is no need to worry about losing files from the past. The old can be made new, simple restore any version you want to.

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IDrive Is Now Offering Server Backup – The Complete Package For Your Data Security!


Let’s face it – data loss can be really expensive, especially for businesses, where the difference between survival and shutting down can rest on the capability to recover from a disaster. To say the least, critical data loss inflicts a financial shock on companies of any size.

Fortunately, We Are Here To Help!

We are now introducing our server backup feature, with which you can backup and restore:

MS SQL Server        

  • Backup MS SQL Server databases without interrupting running MS SQL Server services.
  • Give you reliable backups using Microsoft SQL Server API technology.
  • Provide wire compression of data for optimal backup and restore time.

MS Exchange Server

  • Backup / restore the Mailbox / Public Folder Stores (Storage Groups/Databases) of MS Exchange Server.
  • Email and Desktop notifications on completion of backup.
  • Restore individual emails or mailboxes with MS Exchange Brick-Level Mailbox Backup.

MS SharePoint Server

  • Backup an entire site collection / Web application.
  • Backup a specific site inside a site collection including or excluding content in sub sites.
  • Backup a list or document libraries or even a folder inside a document library.

Oracle Server Backup

  • Achieve convenient offsite backup of your company’s Oracle database server.
  • The application allows you to backup Oracle server databases (Oracle 9i/10g/11g) to your IDrive account in a secure and reliable manner.
  • Using the application, you can back up the database without interrupting the running Oracle server database services.

We help you achieve maximum efficiency without interrupting your work, while continuously backing up your data. That’s right; we are talking about NO DOWNTIME!  We also use 256-bit AES Encryption with an optional private key that is known only to you. Even we can’t access your files!

So, don’t wait until it’s too late. Secure your business critical data today.

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Be Kind, IDrive Rewind

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Our new feature, IDrive Rewind, is geared toward users who want to protect their data from possible future Crypto Virus attacks as well as those who have previously been affected by ransomware. Ransomware is an attack where data is encrypted by a third party and held for ransom, forcing users to pay to get their data unlocked. Rewind allows users to restore previous, unaffected files to their computers so as to avoid paying the ransom that many virus creators demand in exchange for the key that they claim will unlock the encrypted data.

In the past year, a rise in Crypto Viruses have affected hundreds of thousands of users. The biggest one being CryptoLocker, but many other ransomware trojans and malware exist as well.
We developed IDrive Rewind to aid our users in retrieving their data at no cost, in the event they are hit by a Crypto Virus.

Rewind benefits:

  • Users can go into their backup history and restore earlier versions of files or folders to a point before files were infected.
  • Previous, unharmed versions can be restored to an uninfected PC or Mac, and, avoiding dealing with the virus directly.
  • IDrive has always offered users the option to restore up to 30 previous file versions without these versions taking up quota space, but Rewind offers a better way to access data, as it provides folder versioning for up to three previous folder versions for no extra cost.

With Rewind, even if your latest backed up file version is corrupt or infected, you can still restore earlier file versions. And, in the event a large number of corrupt files are backed up, you can avoid the time consuming process of restoring the clean versions one by one with Rewind’s ability to restore multiple files at once.

It’s clear ransomware as an attack isn’t going anywhere, but now you can protect yourself from potential threats. Protect your computer in advance by making sure you have backups, so if you find yourself in a Crypto Virus bind, you’ll be covered with IDrive Rewind.

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IDrive launches Express Sync Service to get files to the Cloud faster


Sync your data to the cloud even faster with IDrive’s new Express Sync service.

With the recent release of our Sync functionality, we’ve had requests for a more efficient way to sync files to the cloud. So, we’re introducing this new express service to provide a faster way to sync large volumes of data to your cloud accounts. By utilizing a physical drive for data transfer, we’ve eliminated the use of bandwidth, so the upload process is much quicker and your data gets to the cloud ASAP.

Plus, the service is FREE* for our Pro Personal and Business users.

How does it work?

1) The user requests and receives an Express Sync drive (up to 3TB).

2) The user simply selects the data from their devices they wish to Sync and adds it to the Express Sync drive.

3) The user ships the physical drive back to IDrive where it is then transferred from the device to our secure servers.

4) The user can then access their data from their cloud account! Users can also selectively sync files across all linked devices.

Express Sync is especially beneficial for users in need of getting terabytes of data to the cloud within 5-7 days, as this physical shipment and upload process is significantly faster than syncing data across a regular internet connection. Your data remains safe throughout the transfer process, stored and encrypted with military grade 256-bit AES encryption and the option for a private key. The service is currently available to customers in the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and the UK.

Ready to speed things up and use Express Sync? Order today, using this link.

* IDrive Express for Sync service is free, available once a year for Pro Personal users and thrice yearly for Pro Business users. Subsequent service requests will be subject to the $59.95 charge.

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IDrive Online Backup is Best in Class for Businesses


For our business minded users, we’d like to take a moment to feature our best in class service offerings. IDrive provides secure online backup to small businesses and protects critical data with the best functionality, easy to use features, top rated performance, and competitive prices.

Some of IDrive’s key business features include:

  • Backup an unlimited number of computers and servers to a single account for optimized account management.
  • Unlimited sub-accounts enables the creation of multiple accounts using the storage space for a single account in order to monitor backups from a single administrator console.
  • The IDrive Express service provides faster cloud backup and restore of business data, up to 3 TB, in less than a week via physical storage shipment, ensuring no bandwidth usage. This service is free three times a year.
  • Sync feature allows users to keep track of all significant updates and file modifications. Changes sync instantly, in real time, among all the linked devices and the cloud account. IDrive also offers FREE additional sync storage, equivalent to that of the main IDrive account, to better manage synced data.
  • Eliminate downtime with online backup for databases and servers. IDrive supports backup for MS SQL Server, MS Exchange Server, MS SharePoint Server and Oracle Server without interrupting their functions.
  • IDrive offers top-rated security utilizing 256-bit AES encryption during data transfer and storage. The option for a Private Encryption Key adds an additional layer of security.
  • IDrive assists small and emerging business within the medical, accounting, financial and legal professions to comply with legal and federal regulations like HIPAA, SOX, GLBA, SEC / NASD.
  • IDrive runs backup in the background without affecting productivity. While incremental and compressed backup of your files will ensure high performance.
  • Remote management allows for the viewing of backup sets / logs and scheduling of backup jobs from anywhere.
  • The IDrive data centers are world-class and use RAID-protected industry leading storage devices with multiple levels of redundancy to protect data. Facilities include custom designed raised floors, HVAC temperature control systems with separate cooling zones and seismically braced racks.
  • Our support center is available 24/7 via live chat, email, or phone.


Whether you’ve been in business for years or are new to the small business world, IDrive offers a trusted, secure way to protect your critical files from data disasters. Our goal is to help SMBs eliminate business interruptions with a data backup plan that promotes continued success and productivity at affordable prices. Our Pro Business Plans start at $99.50/year (with the first year half price) and include 250 GB of storage space and 250 GB of sync space.

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