The most popular free online storage service is Skydrive, which offers a whooping 25GB of space for free. Now, who is going to manually upload 25GB worth of files through a web browser ! Skydrive Explorer allowed accessing it like a network drive but even that was slow and unpredictable.
We had written about Glide Gdrive which offers 30GB of online space. Glide is a whole cloud computing package and can be quite interesting if that is what you are looking for. If you just want to store and back files online then the best service we have found till now is iDrive.
iDrive is an online storage and backup service that gives you 12GB of storage for your files. The first time you visit iDrive it just shows you a 2GB quota for free members. However once you register, you are given an option to spread the word about iDrive by letting them send promotional emails to your contacts. Fill it up and your account will get an additional 10GB worth of online storage absolutely free.
So besides the 12GB space, what does iDrive have to offer ?
It allows your to automatically backup selected files and folders. Folders can also be set to sync so that it remains the same and the contents of your computer. It automatically selectes My Documents to back but this can be changed to the folders you prefer.
Once you have chosen the folder you wish to backup I recommed you head to options and set the threshold for Bandwidth Usage when the computer is in use. This ensures that the backup process does not slow down your internet activities. Click the backup button to start a backup, alternatively you have schedule a backup that can start at a time when the computer is not in use.
iDrive can also allow you to restore different versions of the backup you made to their servers. This is a very helpful utility if you accidentally modified or deleted a file.
Features of iDrive
- Automatic Selection
- Continuous Data Protection (CDP)
- True Archiving / Sync
- Open/Locked File Backup
- Mapped Drive Backup
- IDrive Explorer
- Search and Restore
- Time-Line Restore
- Retrieve data from any location
- Web Based Backup Management
- Manage multiple accounts
- 128-bit SSL encryption on transfers
- 256-bit AES encryption on storage
- Scheduled backup even if system is logged off