Friday, July 04, 2008

Dan's data reviews IDrive online backup, and mentions Mozy too

I suspect the "paid review" model will eventually produce the same results as PC Magazine of old, but it will take a while to corrupt Dan's Data. A recent review is very thorough and appropriately technical:
Review: IDrive online backup service

... The reason why I find IDrive particularly interesting, though, is that they're paying me via to write this review.

ReviewMe isn't one of those scummy services that allow payment to be conditional upon a favourable review, though. Whether I say IDrive is humankind's finest creation, or that it took both of my legs off at the knee, I get paid the same....
Dan's review of IDrive is pretty positive, though he only does XP stuff.

I've been looking for a good online backup solution for a while, to supplement my current Retrospect Pro USB disk solution. Apple's MobileMe might produce something, but it will be costly. I've about given up on Google -- they could deliver a service next week or next century.

DD says both IDrive and Mozy support XP and OS X. IDrive is setup for multiple accounts sharing the same space, that would work for me.

Incidentally, the primary reason to have offsite backup in Saint Paul MN is not fire, flood and quake, it's theft. True, smart thieves won't bother to steal hard drives, but most thieves are stone stupid. Elsewhere, fire and flood are right up there.

I wouldn't use these services as my primary backup solution, but as a supplementary solution they do interest me.

Update 4/11/09: Great comment below. At least some services (iDrive) don't back up OS X shortcuts/favorites -- which breaks some app data stores including some iPhoto and Aperture configurations. It's a good reminder to check how well security attributes are managed.


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Anonymous said...

Idrive is so promising, but they can't help but disappoint. The support is really subpar. The first e-mail they always send is download and install the latest, even when you have said you have downloaded and installed the latest already. They increment builds without indicating what, if anything, was fixed and then send another e-mail a week later saying download and install the latest (not sure they care what the issue is, just telling you to do it again in the hopes that it will work).

But that aside, if they could get the client code issues resolved, and backup without a hitch (some builds you have to make sure are really backing up certain files), it would be brilliant.

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Anonymous said...

I also just found out through experimentation and by confirmation from iDrive support that they do not support the backup / restoration of Mac OS X aliases. Given iPhoto uses aliases when importing photograph collections in "reference mode" (as does Aperture, I believe), this effectively makes iDrive useless for iPhoto backups.

John Gordon said...

Great observation. Thanks so much for contributing this.

Anonymous said...

using idrive, very good program.

BUT, question
WHO can verify that indeed, data is not viewable on their servers, unless your code is entered?
I realize this is said in the ads/promo's, but is there any independent board that verifies that indeed, data is not visible on the server, to ANYONE, and only to me with my code?