iDrive
iDrive 3.1.0.3
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IDrive is a user-friendly, secure, and reliable application that performs automated online backup of your files and folders.

Note: You must first sign up to use iDrive.

The application safeguards your critical data in case of a system crash. The graphical interface is coupled with powerful scheduling and logging features.
  • Incremental backups - only modified portions of files are backed up, thereby conserving bandwidth
  • Data compression during transmission for quick backups
  • Enhanced security with 128-bit
What's New
Version 3.1.0.3: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.5 or later





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+13

gatorjim reviewed on 14 Apr 2014
Had this app installed for a while, then recently discovered it launches a process called iDriveSyncDaemon that consumes 100% CPU for 100% of the time!!

Once I figured out how to uninstall it, the uninstall process leaves behind multiple folders in the system library and the user library.

There's plenty of cloud options out there that don't consume your system resources like this one does, therefore absolutely cannot recommend this app for a cloud solution.

Look elsewhere!
[Version 3.1.0.0]


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+9

Rsoldin reviewed on 03 Mar 2014
Totally messes up my internet connection. Tried it once a few months ago. After fighting to get my connection back for a few hours, determed that it was idrive. Tried it again recently and it did the same thing. Shut down my internet. Had to reboot everything (computer, modem, router) a couple of times to get it back. Won’t try this again. To many other clouds out there to mess with this.

I’d give it zero stars, but they gave it an effort, even if it waste a bunch of my time.
[Version 3.0.0.42]


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-3

-174

Alessandro82 reviewed on 20 Dec 2013
wont work with mavericks fuck!
it stucks on connecting
[Version 3.0.0.33]


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+497

Harristype reviewed on 20 Aug 2013
Dumped this after a short while and went to Backblaze. Unlimited storage for 5 bucks a month on Backblaze. iDrive's prices were ridiculous.
[Version 3.0.0.25]


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+1
Freezer commented on 07 Mar 2013
there is a really nasty memory leak in the cdpwatcher process that eats private memory about 200KB every minute... and as the process starts when you start your computer, it gets big fast.
[Version 3.0.0.1]


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+58

Joel Mueller reviewed on 01 Mar 2013
With the version 3 release, they don't support your account if you created it before 11-23-2011. So they make you download the old version 2.5 to continue using.

Releasing a new update and not providing backward compatibility with their current customer accounts is a really bad idea.
[Version 3.0.0.1]


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+17

Chris86314 reviewed on 02 Feb 2013
DO NOT download this update-3.0.0. It is the WORST update of any program I have ever used.

I have used iDrive for a couple years now without any problem, even quitting my CrashPlan subscription.

This "so-called" update has got to be the worst update of any program I have ever seen. All it does is crash, crash and more crashes.

I have been trying to do a backup since upgrading and nothing works. I have 35 gigs of data backed up from previous version and this version starts doing a complete full backup of my previously backed up files.. runs for a couple minutes and then crashes.

No explanation on any updates, no release notes, no user manual on updates.. just PLAIN JUNK !!

I have written their support expressing my feelings about this update in much stronger words than are used here.. haven't heard a thing.

This update has multiple windows that are so convoluted you can never understand them.. plus you have multiple windows asking for the same info.. in other words, one window will show "scheduled backup" to begin at X:XX time. Then there is another window that overrides previous window. Same with forced backup quit (for bandwidth saving).. one window lets you set stop time, then another window overrides that time to the current time.

Terrible, terrible, crash, crash, crash. It has crashes on me at least 15 times this morning.

Junk, junk, junk !!!
[Version 3.0.0]

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+17
Chris86314 replied on 04 Feb 2013
After writing this review I've tried to get some help from iDrive Support. They have an 800 number to call but even though you can get through fast the people answering are very low level techs (basically there just to answer the phone). They then direct you to the live chat on the web site telling you it is the 2nd level support where you will get all the answers.

The live chat support is in India and they know absolutely nothing and just want access to your computer. After chatting with one for over 45 minutes he sends me a link to a file to install but he sent me an .exe file for Windows. Then, since I WOULD NOT give him access to my computer he tried to tell me to sort through the files and starts giving me Windows commands and paths to follow.

I finally gave up and told them I knew more about the Mac than they did. I copied over an older version (2.0) from my backup files and am using that now.

This has been an absolutely terrible experience. I wouldn't recommend iDrive to anyone. And absolutely don't use version 3.0.0 and DON'T give them access to your computer !!
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+17
Chris86314 replied on 13 Feb 2013
This is my 2nd reply to this post. I have since gone back to version 2.0.0 and it is again working perfectly.. just as it has for a long long time. There is a link to version 2.0.0 above (not on my post but above in the main window). This version is solid and works very well.

I see they have posted an update shown as Version 3.0.1 I'm not sure if this update corrects any of the many problems I had in version 3.0.0 but I'm not downloading it, I'm sticking with the version that works.. 2.0.0

Just thought I would let everyone know the screen shot shown above is of version 2.0.0 with split (left and right (from and to) windows. They delete this in version 3.0.0 and you have to click from one window to the other.. I've never seen this on a backup program. Every one I've seen you can work with the "from" (left) window and have the "to" (right) window next to it. This is the way version 2.0.0 is.. but not in 3.0.0 which makes it near impossible because you to continually click from one page to the other so unless you have a photographic memory you will never keep track of what is going on.. crazy !!
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+45
Philipwheelock commented on 04 Nov 2011
In this version, deleting large files from the remote server by selecting the checkbox then clicking the delete icon doesn't work. They have to be deleted one at a time by selecting the file, control-clicking and selecting "Delete".
[Version 2.0.0]


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+4

x86tech reviewed on 04 Nov 2011
It seems there is a memory leak in the idrive daemon. I can't believe it consumes 1+gb of memory.
[Version 2.0.0]


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+147

xati-ba reviewed on 31 Oct 2011
Offers more than twice the free space allotted by Dropbox. However I don't need this extra space anyway, and I find the Dropbox interface more enjoyable. However, you can use both at the same time!

Overall it seems like a very decent app, though I would like to be sure I can trust the developer before sending them my most sensitive data.
[Version 2.0.0]


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Trevor Pressman had trouble on 15 Jul 2010
BEWARE!

iDrive is incompatible with OS X package files as well as legacy Mac OS files that contain resource forks.

A common file that you would want to backup: QUICKEN DATA
After recovering your Quicken Mac 2007 data file, you will quickly realize that the package file has become a folder and the contents of the package file (now a folder) are all corrupt and unrecoverable!

Mozy, as slow and unreliable as it is, at least doesn't corrupt the contents of the package file - but it does change the package file into a folder. You have to use a utility like FileMatey (Google it) it convert the recovered folder back into a package, and then it works. With iDrive, this is NOT the case.

I don't want to SPAM too much in this comment, but I want to post my iDrive tech support transcript to show that they confirm the issue, so here it is (sorry it's long):


Chat Transcript

Visitor: Trevor
Operator: Technical Support
Company: dx_tests
Started: 15 Jul 2010 11:13:45
Finished: 15 Jul 2010 11:57:26

Trevor:
I'm attempting to recover a backed up Quicken file for Mac and it appears that iDrive has corrupted all of my backed up Quicken files...

Call accepted by operator Technical Support. Currently in room: Technical Support.

Technical Support:
Hello Trevor, you are chatting with Karthik.
Technical Support:
How are you today?
Trevor:
ok
Trevor:
are you familiar with Mac OS X files?
Trevor:
specifically a Mac OS X package file?
Technical Support:
Yes. Let me see what I can do Trevor.

Could you please let me know if you are receiving any errors?
Trevor:
no errors. The file/package is being backed up by iDrive on an automated schedule. When I recover the file/package, it is recovered as a FOLDER instead of a package file and the contents are corrupt. The backup is useless... your FAQ states that customers should ZIP the pagage files before backup - this defeats the automated purpose of iDrive
Trevor:
Any way I can get the package file restored?
Technical Support:
Trevor, let me check this issue from our end and will let you know what could be done.
Technical Support:
Please give me few minutes.
Trevor:
here is a link to your FAQ - http://www.idrive.com/online-backup-mac-faq.htm#12sub
Technical Support:
Trevor, could you please let me know if this package file in your account is being displayed as a folder or not?
Trevor:
its being displayed as a folder in iDrive.
Trevor:
and it is also a folder when recovered from iDrive back to my Mac
Trevor:
it is a package file originally on the Mac
Trevor:
I'm reading the FAQ - it states that iDrive doesn't backup files with resource forks and it also states that it may fail with package files...
Trevor:
Bottom line, iDrive is NOT compatible with Mac OS X. You should not be selling it to Mac users because you are giving them a false sense of security.
Technical Support:
Trevor, IDrive for Mac application is compatible with Mac OS X. We have tested this and there are many customers using without issues.

Currently, could you please send us the log files from the application? Use the Send Error Report feature. You can find the Send Error Report feature when you right click on the IDrive Tray Icon and then click Send Error Report. Alternatively, you can find it under the Help menu, after you login into IDrive application.
Trevor:
there are no error reports. I don't feel that you are completely understanding what I am talking about.
Trevor:
the customers that are using it are unaware that they have been mislead. they are "using it without issues" because they don't know that they are losing data
Trevor:
where do you want me to send the error report?
Trevor:
what is the trouble ticket number?
Technical Support:
Trevor, the error report is a consolidated log that lets us know if there are any issues with the functionality of the application. This helps us in determining the issue effectively.

Trevor, ignore the ticket# field for now. Fill in your details and submit.
Technical Support:
Trevor, we have not had any such reports. We have many customers who are backing up packages without issues. They are able to restore them as well. In this case we need to analyze what could have happened.
Trevor:
report sent successfully
Technical Support:
Ok. Let me check. Please give me 2 minutes.
Trevor:
how can you say this when it is listed in your FAQ?
Trevor:
you're lying to me!?
Trevor:
The IDrive for Mac application has not backed up some files inside the bundle / file package. Why?
This could be because the files are Mac OS X files or hidden or the file names contain special characters. We recommend that you compress (zip) the entire bundle / file package and try backup.
Trevor:
Does IDrive for Mac backup files that contain extended attribute i.e. resource fork data?
No. IDrive for Mac does not backup files that contain extended attributes i.e. resource fork data.
Trevor:
these two FAQ items make iDrive incompatible with Mac OS X.
Technical Support:
Trevor, could you please let us know the name of this package file?
Trevor:
Main Accounts
Trevor:
located in users/trevor/documents/quicken data/main accounts
Trevor:
main accounts is the package file
Trevor:
FYI the files inside of the package file are also being corrupted - most likely because they contain resource fork information.
Technical Support:
Trevor, we need to consult our development team on this. We will get back to you via email with an update at the earliest.
Trevor:
I have done some research and found more info... I am working on a quick solution
Trevor:
Apparently there is a "bundle bit" that can be toggled for a folder to make it a package. If this bundle bit is missing, the package shows as a folder instead of a folder
Trevor:
Mozy apparently has the same issue as iDrive for the Quicken data file when recovered
Trevor:
by toggling the bundle bit for the folder, it becomes a package (with Mozy's recovered file/package)
Trevor:
I am currently testing to see if this works for the file recovered from iDrive
Trevor:
i need 2 more minutes... almost there
Technical Support:
Ok Trevor. We thank you for the information. I will forward this to our development team for further analysis.
Trevor:
unfortunately, when toggling the iDrive recovered file/folder bundle bit, the contents are so corrupted that the file is unreadable by Quicken.
Trevor:
Will I hear back from iDrive regarding this issue?
Technical Support:
Yes Trevor. We will get back to you via email (rovertpressman@gmail.com).
Technical Support:
Is there anything else with IDrive I may assist you at the moment?
Trevor:
aliases have become corrupt, and more files become corrupt within the package...
Trevor:
I cannot see how iDrive can be considered compatible. Of all things for it to fail on, personal financial data is one of the worst!
Trevor:
You should test this on the OS X iphoto photo library as well - it is a package and is more than likely corrupt and unrecoverable when backed up with iDrive.
Trevor:
I have to switch back to Mozy now. Hope to see this major bug fixed in a future release.
Technical Support:
Trevor, we will analyze this further and determine the cause to fix it. We will get back to you with an update on this at the earliest.
Trevor:
thanks
Technical Support:
You are welcome Trevor.
[Version 1.4.1]



+13

Rickdees rated on 08 Mar 2014

[Version 3.0.0.44]



+7

Lookky rated on 13 Jul 2013

[Version 3.0.0.22]



+4

x86tech rated on 04 Nov 2011

[Version 2.0.0]


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Type:Utilities : Backup
License:Free
Date:18 Apr 2014
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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IDrive is a user-friendly, secure, and reliable application that performs automated online backup of your files and folders.

Note: You must first sign up to use iDrive.

The application safeguards your critical data in case of a system crash. The graphical interface is coupled with powerful scheduling and logging features.
  • Incremental backups - only modified portions of files are backed up, thereby conserving bandwidth
  • Data compression during transmission for quick backups
  • Enhanced security with 128-bit SSL encryption on data transfers
  • Network or mapped-drive backup support
  • Automatic backup of critical data including the Desktop, Downloads, Documents, Music, Movies, and Pictures folders
  • Locate files and folders backed up to your account and restore the same to your Mac desktop
  • Snapshots allow you to retain changed data history over a period of time
  • Provision to regulate the Internet bandwidth usage with the Bandwidth Throttle feature more
  • Provision to perform interactive backups/restores or to schedule backups for a future date and time
  • 'Automatic Power off' option after a scheduled backup - the machine shuts down automatically once data is backed up


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