iDrive is trying something a little different with cloud backup. Back up your entire Google Workspace or Microsoft 365 storage for $20 per computer per year.
Confused? Then, uh, back up. IDrive is one of our most recommended cloud backup options, allowing you to back up your PC to the cloud with a free plan or a paid option with up to 20 TB. It’s basically one of the only good independent cloud storage/backup providers out there that aren’t giants like Google or Microsoft.
Scheduled to be officially announced on Thursday, IDrive now offers unlimited cloud backup called Unlimited Cloud to Cloud Backup for both Google Workspace (Google Drive, Gmail, Calendar, and Contacts) and Office 365 (OneDrive, Exchange, SharePoint, and Teams). What IDrive does is back up all your files from Google or Microsoft cloud to IDrive. And if you pay for extra storage in either service, IDrive can accommodate all of those files.
Why are you doing this? An extra layer of security for those who are worried about cloud services going down and not being able to access their data. That sounds a bit far-fetched until you remember that Western Digital’s cloud service has been down for over a week. That’s why the “rule of three” exists. You should store your data in three places just in case: a local copy and two backups. That’s what IDrive offers.
IDrive’s Unlimited Cloud to Cloud Backup backs up your data to another cloud three times a day. It retains snapshots of previous versions, allowing you to restore data from a specific point in time, rather than restoring all data at once. You can also browse and restore individual files and folders. IDrive considers this service an add-on. This means you can link it to your existing IDrive plan. (You can also purchase Unlimited Cloud to Cloud Backup as a standalone service.)
IDrive seems to be pitching this as a solution for individuals, families, or small businesses, as the demo video showed backup in Microsoft’s cloud with about 20 other users. The only catch is that IDrive charges $20 per computer per year (or roughly $1.66 per month) for backing up one service. google drive or Microsoft Office 365.