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  • iPhone Contacts Backup

    We have the online backup applications for the Windows and Mac platforms. It was only fitting that we offer a Contacts Online Backup for the iPhones.

    It is a very easy to use application with one button executions for backups and restores. It does not even require a signup.

    “Well, I always sync my iPhone to the desktop, so it is already backed up, so why would I need an online backup for my contacts?”, one might say. Actually it is quite surprising how many iPhone users use iPhone as a pure phone and hardly sync to the desktop. To them, we believe that they would find  IDrive Lite very useful. It is free. We will keep enhancing this application more, possibly add photos backup and sharing functionality.

  • IDrive launches TV ads


    IDrive launched nation wide TV commercials with the ‘Did You Back It Up’ theme earlier this week.

    Online Backup as a concept is still relatively new outside of the tech community and early adopters and very few people and small businesses know about it or use it, so the ad aims to inform the public about the need for backup and introduces IDrive Online Backup. Here is the press release related to the same.

  • Financial Turmoils and Online Backup

    You might wonder what is the link between Financial Turmoils facing Wall Street today and Online Backup?

    There is, and it has to do with the general feel to ‘protect’. Protect the wealth one has, protect the tangible valuables one has and , protect the digital assets. We were expecting signups and traffic to decrease in relation to the financial tremors, but on the contrary, we are seeing an uptick, and this is why. People have a natural tendency to protect what they have including digital assets, and one of the best ways to do it is using online backup. It is becoming easier to use, faster, more secure, and more affordable.

    IDrive is leading the way here with enterprise features packed into a consumer and small business application. You will not find an online backup solution for $4.95/Month that offers true archiving, web based backup management, fast search and restore.

    If you are looking for an integrated online backup, storage, sharing and a hot sites based disaster recovery solution, then IBackup is a better fit. It provides options to create a full copy of the primary location data at the secondary location with minimal lag, that is scalable, affordable and can easily be automated, for small to medium sized businesses.

    Raghu Kulkarni

  • IDrive Online Backup – Some useful tips

    We receive 100’s of emails from users every day asking various things about IDrive. Here are the top 10 tips or pieces of information (not in any particular order) related to IDrive Online Backup .

    1.  IDrive does true archiving. If you delete data on your desktop or remove your mapped drive or USB drive, your data on IDrive is not automatically deleted.

    2.  IDrive does block level patching for incremental transfers. This means IDrive backs up only modified pieces of your files, not the whole files making the backup process very efficient.

    3. You don’t have to be infront of your desktop to manage your schedules and backup set. You can do it via web from anywhere.

    4.  IDrive sports possibly the best search among backup services. Search via the desktop client or via web, you will see near instant results.

    5. If you think the IDrive backup is hogging too much of your bandwidth and affects your ongoing work, check the ‘auto-pause’ option on progress bar. It suddenly turns into an intelligent auto sensing application and uses bandwidth only when you don’t.

    6.  To protect your most commonly used critical data, all that you really need to do is install and provide authentication information. That is it!

    7.  Works on Mac!

    8.  Finder plugin on Mac!

    9.  With the optional user defined encryption key, your data is fully encrypted, end to end. This should help you and your business meet many regulatory requirements.

    10. You can do folder restores either from desktop client or directly via web using an applet!

  • IDrive Website with a new look

    It is the same IDrive, with the new look and feel. Most of the content is unchanged.

  • IDrive for Mac Finder Plugin

    When the IDrive for Mac product was released a a couple of months ago, users loved it for providing an alternative to very limited choices on the Mac platform. When we asked them on what they thought about the product, they suggested us that we need to have a drag-n-drop finder plugin to view, backup or restore in addition to the classic two pane scheduling application.

    We listened, and hence the product, IDrive for Mac Finder Plugin.

    IDrive for Mac Finder Plug-in integrates with Mac OS X, making access to your IDrive account on Mac as easy as opening a Finder window. Just drag-n-drop the files/folders that you need to backup or restore. While IDrive for Mac application is optimized for best performance, for a quick look and easy drag-n-drop, the Finder Plug-in is a useful tool. Enjoy!

  • IDrive for Mac launched!

    We are excited to announce beta release of IDrive Online Backup for Mac.

    This is a major feat for us and for Mac users. There are few choices for online backup in the Mac world, and we are excited to offer one. We differentiate from others in this space in performance and ease of use. Our internal tests have shown that IDrive for Mac client outperforms other online backup offerings on Mac by a factor of at least 30%, for both backups and restores.

    In addition, IDrive for Mac is the only application that performs block level incremental transfers for both backups as well as restores. Every other application on Mac platform does only incremental transfers for backups. This innovation allows greater efficiency in transfers both ways.

    Pricing for the Mac accounts is same as Windows, at $4.95/month for consumers for 150GB, and $9.95/Month for 50GB for business users.

    Here are some screenshots:

    IDrive for Mac Main Screen

    Scheduler date and time settings

    Scheduler manage screen