Backup and restore data, as well as schedule automated tasks to occur at a preferred time intervals with this user-friendly and practical tool
IDrive is a professional software application whose purpose is to help you back up your important data, so you can easily restore it in case it gets lost.
The program stores your data using an online storage device and offers you 5 GB of free storage. You are only required to create an account on the official website of the utility.
Although it comes packed with a bunch of useful functions for helping you back up your data, the interface is clean and intuitive. There are four main operations, namely Backup, Restore, Scheduler, and Log that can be handled from different panels.
Backup and restoring operations
When run for the first time, most commonly backed up data, which includes “Desktop,” “Documents,” “Pictures,” “Videos,” and “Music” folders are pre-selected. Plus, you are offered quick access to the files and folders stored in your computer, so you can easily pick the items that you want to back up.
A great feature bundled in this tool is a smart system that creates your initial transfer as a full backup, while subsequent backups are incremental with only modified portions of the files being transferred. It may take some time to accomplish a full backup session but this pretty much depends on the total size of your data.
Another powerful function bundled in IDrive gives you the possibility to back up files and documents with different versions, and each backup creates a new backup set identified by a particular date and time. Plus, the tool maintains up to 30 previous versions of all the files in your account and historical versions are stored-free, while only the current version in computed in your storage.
What’s more, you can backup information from connected network drives and easily restore the files and folders from your iDrive account.
Built-in scheduler and other advanced options
The utility offers support for automatic backup operations which enable you to set the backup start time, configure the flexible timetable (daily or hourly actions), send email notifications, and show popup messages.
There are also several powerful parameters that help you locate any file or folder present in your IDrive account using the search function, share your files and folders via email, Facebook, or Twitter, as well as remove unwanted data and easily recover it from the Trash folder within 30 days.
The Archive Cleanup feature enables you to permanently delete data which no longer exists in your computer in order to free up some space in your account, while the Log section provides detailed information about the backup, restoring, deletion or other tasks performed in your account.
IDrive is able to automatically recognize the changes to files present in your backup and save them in real-time, and lets you back up some files when they are in use (e.g. Outlook files, QuickBooks, Quicken, ACT, MS-Money), create exclusion lists, configure proxy settings, create encrypted backups, and set the Internet bandwidth.
An overall reliable tool
All in all, IDrive proves to be a user-friendly and powerful application that offers support for a fully-featured pack of tools for helping you automatically back up, restore, and share your data.
LIMITATIONS IN THE UNREGISTERED VERSIONYou can store up to 5GB of data (+ 5 GB Sync space) using a free account SYSTEM REQUIREMENTSInternet Explorer 6 and above 512 MB RAM 10 MB Free Hard Disk space for installed program, 20 MB or more recommended for local caching .NET Framework 2.0