Cloud Backup and Remote Access - The Official IDrive Blog

  • IDrive Earns’s Best Small Business Cloud Backup

    If you’re a small business owner, you’re probably aware that one of the single greatest threats to the continuity of your company is data loss. Natural disasters, simple accidents, or intentional attacks can all happen in the blink of an eye and wipe out everything, and the costs to recover could end up putting you in a financial hole that could be difficult to climb out of.

    This is why a cloud backup solution tailored to small businesses is a must-have. However, there’s a lot to consider when determining which service is the right one for you. You’ll want a solution with features that make it easy for you and your employees to be sure that data is being regularly backed up so you have peace of mind that your business is safe.

    According to, IDrive Online Backup is that solution. So which features do the people at like about IDrive that make it the perfect backup service to protect your  business?

    • Real-time Backup — IDrive detects the smallest changes to your system’s files and backs them up
    • Snapshots — Historical view of backed up user data which allows users to perform point-in-time recovery
    • Unlimited Device Backup — Backup all PCs, Macs, iOS and Android devices for no extra fee
    • File sharing — Simply select the option to create a share link and send it through email, Facebook, or Twitter
    • True Archiving — IDrive keeps all of your backed up files, including those which are no longer present on your computer, available in your IDrive account
    • Hybrid Backup — Supports cloud and local backups for that extra layer of protection
    • IDrive Express — Backup or retrieve several gigabytes of data, within a week, using physical shipment of temporary storage devices sent by IDrive.

    What’s the final verdict?

    “IDrive’s versatile and easy-to-use platform is packed with features and different ways to back up, store and recover your company’s data, which is why we named it our best pick for small businesses.”

    Sign up for an IDrive business account today to take advantage of these great features and protect your small business.

  • IDrive Updates Disk Image Backup with Cloud Support and Scheduling

    Business continuity is what keeps an organization ticking. When it comes to your data and systems, a lot can go wrong in a very short period of time, so it’s important to have a system in place to help you resume business as usual in case a disaster strikes and disrupts operations.

    Our Disk Image Backup keeps your business running during system failures by expediting the restoration process. IDrive already allows users to backup a disk image locally for quick restores, and now we’ve added disk image backups to the cloud to give users another option to keep their business critical data safe and ready.

    Disk Image Backup with IDrive creates a copy of the entire storage drive including programs, settings, files, folders, and even your operating system. If disaster does happen to strike, you can quickly restore your system and be up and running while keeping your business structure intact.

    After the initial backup of the entire disk, users can now schedule incremental backups so any changes made to files, settings, or applications will be automatically backed up without having to re-do the entire disk image backup.

    This feature is included in IDrive’s Unlimited Device Online Backup, meaning you can backup an unlimited number of devices into a single account for no extra cost.

    Need to backup your entire system? Sign up for IDrive today.

  • Tom’s Guide Chooses IDrive as the Best Overall Personal Cloud Backup

    When determining which backup solution is the right one for you, there are many variables that need to be considered so you can be sure you make the right choice. Obviously pricing is a huge point, but storage space, speed, mobile support, and feature set all could play a factor depending on your needs, and according to Tom’s Guide, IDrive is one of the top choices.

    We’re thrilled to announce yet another award, bringing home Tom’s Guide Best Overall Personal Cloud Backup. With all the great personal backup products on the market, what made IDrive stand above the rest? Let’s take a look at what Tom’s Guide had loved about the service:

      • IDrive Express – quick backups and restores of large amounts of data through hard drive delivery service
      • Fast upload speeds – IDrive had fastest upload speed of all services tested
      • Backs up mobile devices – one of the few services that supports full backups of smartphones and tablets, as well as access to backed up computer data from these devices.
      • Keeps old file versions forever – saves up to 10 versions of your files, making it easy to recover an older version or recover from a ransomware attack
      • Generous syncing option – IDrive has “one of the better, and definitely one of the most generous, implementations of this function,” allowing users to sync data across all their devices at no extra cost.
      • Unlimited device support – sets IDrive apart from its competitors who limit the number of devices users can backup

    Overall, it looks like Tom’s Guide has plenty of reasons why IDrive is the top choice for personal online backup.

    The final verdict: “IDrive Personal has virtually every “nice to have” feature that is on our list, save for unlimited storage, making it an easy recommendation for anyone who can stay within the reasonably priced 2TB storage tier. IDrive Personal backs up phones, offers a syncing option, has unlimited versioning and lets you quickly “seed” your account by sending in a hard drive with your data.”

    Thanks to Tom’s Guide for the recognition!

  • IDrive adds Single Sign On

    At IDrive we’re all about making our user’s lives easier so their valuable data can be conveniently backed up without a hassle.

    Our newest addition, Single Sign On, adds to the convenience of IDrive by giving admins of Enterprise accounts the ability to allow their sub-accounts to access IDrive by signing in to a central identity provider. With Single Sign On, admins would put their trusted identity provider in charge of authentication, then sub-accounts can utilize the IDrive application without having to remember yet another password.

    What are the benefits of utilizing Single Sign On?

    • Decreased Human Error – SSO eliminates the need for users to remember multiple passwords, ensuring they are signed in and capable of backing up data whenever needed.
    • Reduced Admin Workload – Since users are rarely prompted for username or password, this means fewer requests to reset forgotten passwords.
    • Faster log-in time – Leads to increased productivity by eliminating login efforts.
    • Improved Security – Since users aren’t required to remember a number of different basic passwords, SSO encourages the use of a single, more complex password.

    If you have signed up for IDrive as an admin of an Enterprise account, you can now enable your users to sign in to your central identity provider to utilize SSO with IDrive.

    IDrive is compatible with all Identity Providers which support SAML 2.0 Standard, including:

    • Okta
    • Auth0
    • Onelogin
    • Centrify
    • ADFS
    • Ping Fedarate

    If your identity provider is configured and SSO is configured in IDrive, you can now enable single sign on upon creation of sub-accounts and take advantage of this great new feature.

  • RemotePC gets an “Excellent” Rating from PC Magazine

    Having reliable, fast access to your remote computers can really help make your life easier. Whether you need to access your work computer because you can’t get to the office, or need to provide support for a colleague, RemotePC provides you with the tools necessary to make sure you can conveniently connect to your remote computers from anywhere. We’re proud to announce that we have received an “Excellent” four-star rating from PC Magazine, acknowledging our efforts to give users an affordable and reliable remote access solution.

    “Effortless, simple interface with a flat learning curve. Fast performance. Easy file transfers between local and remote desktops. Inexpensive. ” Edward Mendelson- PCMag

    So what makes us deserving of this excellent rating?

    First off, the ability to connect to your remote computers from mobile devices without sacrificing speed or functionality gives users ultimate flexibility with where/how they access their computers. Support for access from iOS and Android comes at no extra cost to the user, making RemotePC a very affordable option for people looking to access their computers from any location.

    The next point PC Mag emphasizes is the simplicity of the user interface, stating that “compared with rival remote-access products, RemotePC costs less and keeps things simpler than most.” It’s easy to copy files back and forth, write notes, set the resolution, open chat windows, and record videos for later use, making RemotePC one of the easier remote access solutions to use.

    Machine learning adds to the simplicity of RemotePC by allowing the application to improve performance by recognizing how you are using the service (whether you’re editing documents and looking at images for example), then automatically adjusting the settings to give the smoothest possible performance.

    Remote Printing is another helpful feature PC Mag points out, where we make it easy to print documents and images from the remote machine to the host computer’s default printer.

    Thanks to PC Mag for the great review!

  • World Backup Day 2018: A Reminder to Protect your Critical Data

    Every year on March 31st we celebrate World Backup Day as a reminder that you need to backup your critical data and files in order to avoid losing your data and looking like a fool on April Fool’s Day.

    Here at IDrive we feel like every day should be World Backup Day, but unfortunately that’s just not the case. In fact, according to the World Backup Day website, 30% of people have never backed up any of their devices. This is a classic example of people not wanting to deal with a problem until it directly affects them, which in this case would be too late.

    No matter how safe you think your data is or how cautious you are with your devices, the fact is that accidents happen, and the consequences could be devastating if you don’t have a reliable way to recover. Hard drives crash, phones get lost or stolen, and people make mistakes, so it’s always a good idea to be prepared with regular backups.

    There are many ways to backup your data including external drives or tapes, but nothing compares to an affordable, reliable, secure, and convenient cloud backup solution like IDrive Online Backup. Here’s a few reasons why:

    • Backup an unlimited number of devices into a single account for one low fee
    • Free IDrive Express service to seed your initial backup
    • Snapshots to restore data from a point-in-time to easily recover from a ransomware attack
    • Includes Sync and Share functionality in addition to backup
    • Robust security, with encryption on transfer and storage and the option of a private key
    • Supports backup of mapped/USB/external hard drives
    • 24/7 support through phone, live chat, or email

    Don’t wait till disaster strikes to realize you need to backup your data. Sign up for IDrive today to get started.

  • RemotePC gets Enhanced with Machine Learning Capability

    Machine learning is the concept that computers can learn from data, identify patterns, and make decisions with minimal human intervention. It’s mainly based on pattern recognition, and the fact that computers these days have the ability to learn and perform specific tasks without being programmed to do so.

    Now within the RemotePC application, machine learning is applied in the encoding technique of the frames during a remote access session. To put it simply, RemotePC collects information about user activity, then adjusts itself to give users the smoothest and fastest remote access experience possible.

    Machine learning in RemotePC specifically applies when deciding the frame mode and motion estimation time, which ultimately helps in decreasing the encoding time and frame size by over 50%. The remote machine application will intelligently adjust the frames, which vastly improves performance for your remote sessions.

    Signup for RemotePC today to take advantage improved performance, and get 90% off your first year.

  • IDrive Introduces Office 365 Exchange Mailbox Backup to Business Accounts

    Many businesses prefer to use Office 365 Exchange Mailbox to free up IT resources and negate the need to host their own email infrastructure. If you’re one of those businesses, it’s important to recognize that although Microsoft hosts the infrastructure, it is still your responsibility to make sure all that data is protected in case of a disaster.

    New to IDrive Business, Office 365 Exchange Mailbox backup allows for simple backup and restores of all that important data. Emails, calendars, contacts and tasks can all be backed up with IDrive, allowing for quick recovery in the event something goes wrong.

    With this new feature, IDrive Business users can now schedule Office 365 mailbox backups by selecting multiple mailboxes and creating a new backup set. This allows for full backup of mailbox data to the IDrive cloud in a compressed format.

    Users can also easily restore lost, deleted, or truncated Office 365 emails, ensuring business continuity in case their mailbox data is compromised. The mailbox can be restored directly to the Office 365 Exchange online mailbox or locally.


    • Individual or multiple mailboxes can be backed up to the cloud
    • Backup emails, calendars, contacts, tasks (eml, vcf, ics format) in compressed form
    • Schedule multiple mailbox backups
    • Restore mailbox data to Office 365 Exchange Online mailbox
    • Restore mailbox data locally in eml, vcf, ics format with folder structure intact
    • Take control of your organization’s Office 365 email mailbox data and protect against data loss

    System Requirements:

    • Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016
    • 2 GB RAM
    • Sufficient hard disk space to store the mailbox backup files (.ofl) for temporary backup and restore

    *Feature is only available for IDrive Business accounts

  • Need Backup? IDrive could be your best option

    Ransomware, physical threats to your devices, and more have long been threatening to compromise the integrity of your data. In order to combat these threats, here at IDrive our goal is to give customers the most feature-packed backup service, at the most affordable price.

    When choosing a backup service, however, there’s a lot more to look into besides the price. Determining which service has the exact features to fit your needs could be the difference between having the ability to affordably recover from data loss, and losing that precious data forever.

    IDrive Online Backup gives you plenty of reasons why it should be your solution of choice when it comes to protecting your data.

    Here’s a quick look at some of those reasons:

    • Backup an unlimited number of devices into a single account for one low fee
    • Free IDrive Express service to seed your initial backup in a week or less
    • Snapshots to restore data from a point-in-time to easily recover from a ransomware attack
    • Includes Sync and Share functionality in addition to backup
    • Block-level incremental backups and restores to optimize transfer speed
    • Robust security, with encryption on transfer and storage and the option of a private key
    • Supports backup of mapped/USB/external hard drives
    • MS Exchange/MS SQL and other advanced backup functions for small businesses (business plans only)
    • 24/7 support through phone, live chat, or email

    Keep in mind that we are constantly updating the IDrive service to give you the most user friendly experience possible. IDrive is PC Magazine’s Editors Choice for online backup three years in a row!

    Give IDrive a try today with a free 5GB account and see how it works for you!

  • IDrive Named one of PC Mag’s Top Products of 2017!

    Each year leading up to the holidays, PC Mag compiles a list of the top 100 tech products and services that have been tested in their labs. The list consists of everything from laptops, phones and tablets, to software, TVs, and cameras, and IDrive is thrilled to be included as part of this list for 2017.

    With so many great products out there to choose from, what does IDrive feature that helped us make the list? According to the PC Mag review:

    • Desktop Interface — clear organization of the desktop application allows for quick and simple navigation
    • Backup Options — Continuous Data Protection, scheduling, archive cleanup, and IDrive Express combine to make sure backups are operating at maximum efficiency
    • Sync — see file changes reflected on all computers/devices on which IDrive is installed
    • Restore Tab — flexible restore tab allows for a wide range of options including Snapshots, which lets users view a historical view of their data and lets you select a point-in-time to restore
    • Web Manager — according to PC Mag, “IDrive has one of the more capable web clients you’ll find among online backup providers.” The web portal allows users to backup, download, search for, and share files via Facebook, Twitter, or email, along with managing all account and subscription settings
    • Mobile Clients — powerful apps for iOS and Android, capable of performing most of the same tasks as the desktop and web clients

    Being one of the only backup companies on this list, it’s pretty clear that PC Mag has plenty of reasons why they continue to recommend IDrive as their backup solution of choice, as well as one of the best overall tech products on the market.

    As they put it, “IDrive does just about everything you need an online backup service to do—and more. With continuous backup, folder syncing, file sharing, archiving, File Explorer integration, robust mobile apps, and an unlimited number of devices per account, it’s also priced competitively.”