Cloud Backup and Remote Access - The Official IDrive Blog

  • IDrive Tips & Tricks: “Rapid Serve” USB Hard-Drive Restore

    What does an IDrive user do when their computer crashes, they have a lot of data to restore and not a lot of time to do it in?

    They order an IDrive Portable Rapid Serve and get their data hand-delivered just a few days later on a 320GB USB-powered IDrive Portable hard drive – no muss, no fuss – here’s how it works:

    1. Fill out the IDrive Portable Rapid Serve order form. The cost of the IDrive Portable is $69.95 plus tax while the Rapid Serve service is free. US shipping is free, international is $20. The drive is yours to keep – use the included IDrive Portable software to backup your files locally as well!

    2. Our Rapid Serve team will then immediately begin restoring your data directly from the data-center onto an IDrive Portable. Once complete they will USPS Priority ship the drive to your location.

    3. Once the IDrive Portable Rapid Serve arrives simply plug the drive into any computer and you’ll find your data on board. That’s it!

    “Rapid Serve” makes sense for small businesses

    If your office machine crashes you are now in “Disaster Recovery” mode – if you have an intelligent and automatic backup service like IDrive running you’re OK though! Many businesses have hundreds and hundreds of GBs of data these days however and restoring them over the Internet could simple take way too long! For example, 100GBs downloaded through a standard 1.5Mbps DSL line would take over 150 hours (almost a full week!) provided no one else used the connection during that time.

    By using a Rapid Serve restore our small business customers can get their data restored in full, quickly.

    How long would it take to download 100GBs over your Internet connection? Thanks iBeast!

    You always have 24-hour access

    Remember, by protecting your digital life with IDrive you are also giving yourself access to your files from anywhere in the world via any standard web browser at or any of our free mobile apps – so if while you’re waiting for your Rapid Serve IDrive Portable to arrive you need some files you can get them easily.

    We’re on Facebook and Twitter if you’d like to chat with us – you can also e-mail your comments, questions and feedback to!

  • IDrive Blog and Tweet Contest – Win up to $1000!

    A total of $1000 will be given for winning blog articles through the end of July, 2011

    What do I need to do?

    Write a blog on your experience with using IDrive on any platform, be in Windows, Mac or even iPhones. We are not necessarily asking for positive feedback. Just your feel on the product. It helps others understand how users use IDrive, and what it means to them.  Post it on the web.  Tweet on the post with a  line that includes ‘Blog on IDrive’ and a link to the blog.  We will automatically scan the tweets and qualify the entries.  You can do multiple blog posts.

    What are the requirements?

    Blogs MUST be 100% original content and may not be posted on any website before.

    Blogs will be checked for plagiarism.

    Not all blogs will be accepted.

    You will need a PayPal account to receive prize money.

    What are the guidelines?

    No offensive content. This should be self explanatory but we mean no porn, no racism, no sexism, no content intended to incite a riot, start a war, or to do harm to others either physically or psychologically.

    If sources are used they must be quoted.

    You may link to sources.

    Links to promote your website or product are not allowed, UNLESS we determine that it is relevant to your article and we determine that the link adds something to the blog.

    Plagiarism is forbidden.

    Please do not upload copyrighted images without permission from the owner. You may place a link to an image if photo credit is given at the end of the article.  you can use images and content from the IDrive website.

    Notification of blog approval or rejection will not be given.

    Winner Criteria and Notification

    Winners will be announced on our site and contacted through twitter.  Blog entries will be reviewed and based on the quality of article, 3 winners would be chosen with prizes of $500, $300 and $200 totaling $1000. Our review team has the final say on choosing the winning entries.

    Prizes will be paid via PayPal only.

    Happy Blogging!

  • Connect, Access and Share With the New IDrive for Android App

    Android meets IDrive with our new mobile app — easily access and share your IDrive files on the go!

    Anytime access!
    View your IDrive files anytime, anywhere.

    Easy search!
    Search to locate any file/folder in your IDrive.

    Share files!
    Share files/folders with any of your contacts

    Be informed!
    Track how much data is in your IDrive and monitor your backups.

    If you don’t have your own IDrive, get set up today with our 5GB IDrive Basic account — its free for life! IDrive for Android can be downloaded for free from the Android Market; Android 1.6 or higher required. IDrive for iOS can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store; iOS 3.2 or higher required.

    Join our Feedback and Discussion Boards on Facebook and follow us on Twitter; you can also email questions to!

  • Turn Your PC or Mac Into A Light-Weight, Touchscreen Tablet for Only $1.99

    RemoteVU is one of the most incredible apps available for iOS – it came from the minds behind IDrive and RemotePC – with it you’ll be able turn your big, bulky Windows or Mac computer into a light-weight, touchscreen tablet. Video, music, games, Flash, DVDs; anything your computer can do, now iPad or iPhone/iPod touch can do it too.


    The app is $1.99 for iPad or 99¢ for iPhone/iPod touch. There is also a free version available that limits use to 10 minutes so you can try it before you buy it! Download the small accompanying host application to your PC or Mac here. You can install the RemoteVU host on all the computers you own so anywhere you go you can quickly open the RemoteVU app on your iOS devices and get uncompromising access to your files and applications.

    Here’s a few things RemoteVU makes possible from iOS that couldn’t be done otherwise:

    • Enjoy your DVD collection without having to rip the discs to your hard drive and then sync it to your device; see all the sub-titles – use the menues and special features – it’s amazing!
    • Access your Microsoft Outlook or Office applications and finally be able to really work from iPad.
    • Watch your favorite episode of  The Simpsons on Try it!
    • Enjoy full-featured Flash content, one of our favorites:

    Has RemoteVU made it possible for you to do something on your iPad that you couldn’t before? Let us know by sending a message to and don’t forget to join our social network, we’re on Facebook and Twitter!

  • IDriveSync Out of Beta and Going Mobile with New iOS App

    From your PC to your Mac to your iPhone and back again — IDriveSync is fast and secure file sharing, syncing and cloud storage for Windows, Mac and now iPhone. We’re proud to announce that IDriveSync is now out of beta and the new IDriveSync iOS mobile app  is available for free in the Apple App Store.

    Easily sync your files across your devices — changes are synced in real-time.

    Access files from anywhere in the world via or the new mobile application for iPhone.

    Share files and folders with friends  — all they need is a web browser.

    Secure your files with military grade encryption — create a private key for even further protection.

    The new IDriveSync app for iOS allows you to fully access your personal cloud as well as share any file with a few taps. You can also upload photos and videos from your phone to your account — even capture it live and automatically sync the new files in real-time to your other computers.

    Anytime access — easy and full access to your IDriveSync account.

    Real-time automatic sync — delete, rename or edit any file or folder and changes will be immediately synced to your other IDriveSync-connected devices.

    Find it fast — built-in search makes finding files quick and easy.

    Share freely — share a single file, a few files or a folder-full with just a few taps.

    Sync mobile photos and videos — even capture pictures or movies within the IDriveSync app and sync your new files immediately to your other computers.

    Image gallery view — allows you to view folders of pictures as galleries instead of as a list; simply tap a thumbnail to view a picture in full size.

    IDriveSync is available for Windows, Mac and iOS. Sign-up today for your own free-for-life 5GB IDriveSync account and give it a try; upgrade to unlimited storage for only $4.95/month at any time.

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    Send it to

    Join our social network!

  • IDrive Featured in New York Times TechTalk Podcast

    J.D. Biersdorfer, author of the popular “Missing Manual” series of books and New York Times columnist recently took the time to talk to our Business Development Manager, Stephen Gold, about IDrive, RemoteVU and the future of cloud storage.

    The podcast, TechTalk, runs each week and focuses on exciting trends in technology and upcoming products. Co-hosted by Pedro Rosado and Bettina Edelstein, we had the amazing opportunity to chat with some of the technology world’s best-known voices.

    Here is a direct link to the podcast, or click here to subscribe in iTunes.

    Our thanks to J.D. for inviting us to TechTalk! Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more news and promotions!

  • Time Machine in the Cloud – by IDrive

    We are excited to announce that IDrive for Mac can now backup your Time Machine drive to your IDrive account!

    Getting started is easy, simply install the latest version of IDrive for Mac from and check off which computers’ data you’d like backed up to your IDrive account from the Time Machine sidebar item.

    Once your Time Machine has been backed up to IDrive you’ll have an off-site copy in case your local Time Machine fails or is otherwise destroyed. You can easily recover your data – individual files and folders or the entire backup – by downloading the Time Machine data or, if your Time Machine is quite large (hundreds of GBs), you can order an IDrive Portable Rapid Serve.

    IDrive Portable is a 320GB USB hard drive built by IDrive – the cost is $69.95 + tax with free shipping inside the US. We load your Time Machine data to your IDrive Portable and ship it to you. Plug the drive into your Mac, run Migration Assistant and you’re on the way to recovering your data.

    Send your questions and comments to  or join the conversations on Facebook and Twitter.

    Have an awesome day – S. Gold, Business Development Manager

  • Protect your schoolwork with IDrive and get up to 50% off

    Wow! Our users put together, are now securely protecting over 15 million GBs of photos, videos, music and documents! Many thousands are students and teachers from some of the most prestigious schools on Earth: Harvard, Standford, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, MIT. We thank you for choosing IDrive to protect your valuable notes and work.

    In honor of the upcoming finals season we have started a limited time offer of up to 50% off our regularly low prices to students, faculty and staff with ‘.edu’ e-mail addresses. Get either our IDrive Personal or IDrive Family plan:

    IDrive Personal: Store up to 150GBs from one PC or Mac for only $2.50/month or $24.75/year.

    IDrive Family: Store up to 500GBs from up to five PCs or Macs for only $7.50/month or $74.75/year.

    For those of you that are new to the IDrive family, a quick rundown of our service:

    • IDrive is available for Windows and Mac – we also have access and backup apps for smart-phones.
    • Although many online backup services are generally slow, you’ll find IDrive consistently outperforms others by up to 30% in upload/download speeds.
    • IDrive features comprehensive web management tools no one else offers – you have access to your Backup Set, Schedule and logs from anywhere in the world via
    • IDrive is a “True Archive” – your files aren’t deleted from our servers after you delete them from your computer. What use is a backup that you can’t use to restore files you accidentally deleted?
    • Our amazing “Time-Line Restore” tool enables you to restore all your files from a specific point in the past!

    Our website,, has more information. You can also e-mail your questions to For special offers, news and announcements follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

    As always, have a wonderful day – S. Gold, Business Development Manager

    [UPDATE 4/27/2011] IDrive for Education discounts are now available for those with e-mail addresses. Click here for more details!

  • RemoteVU – Twitter Contest to win an iPad 2!

    A twitter contest to win an iPad 2!

    RemoteVU is a great way to connect to your PC from your iPad on your local WiFi Network and play videos and games. This includes DVD Videos and Flash games.

    It is super-simple, as the iPadFan folks called it.

    Here is how to participate. Simply Tweet

    RemoteVU – Tweet to win an iPad 2 – View Windows PC from your iPad to experience Videos and games on your WiFi network.‘.

    Winner will be picked randomly from the tweets by May 31st, 2011.


    To be eligible, you must be over 16 years of age and have a Twitter account. Employees of IDrive Online Backup or any family members of said employees are not eligible. If you win, we will DM you the details and ask for your shipping address (US only). We will ship prizes within one week of your win date.

    Happy tweeting!

  • RemoteVU – Flash and Videos from your PC onto your iPad

    RemoteVU lets you experience your PC on your iPad.

    On the face of it, it looks like just another remote access application for use within your local network/WiFi. But what it really shines is in video replication.

    Most remote access products, while being great at replicating the screen, text and images, are very poor at replicating video. This makes viewing any video, flash, games or a movie,

    via remote access, an impossible task.

    This is exactly where RemoteVU shines. It replicates video playing on your PC on your iPad with great fidelity, including audio.

    You can now watch DVD movies, Hulu, play Flash based games or do plain simple remote access.

    A Mac version is on the way.

    The App is priced at $1.99 and is available on the iTunes store now.