If you are an existing iCloud user, Switch to IDrive today at 90% off for the first year

iCloud stores your photos, videos, documents, music, apps and more, keeping them updated across all your Apple devices. However, it has its own limitations and downsides when compared with IDrive. The major benefit of using IDrive is that it is cross-platform compatible - you can backup and restore files across PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, Androids and Windows Phone devices.

Furthermore, IDrive uses 256-bit AES encryption, along with an optional private key for additional security - known only to you.

Why IDrive is better: IDrive iCloud
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"IDrive does just about everything you need an online backup service to do–and more."

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3.5 out of 5

Personal plans

Starts at
$99.50/year $69.65 first year

5 TB Backup + 5 TB Cloud Drive

Starts at

50 GB storage

Multiple computer backup with basic plan across all platforms

Backup multiple computers - PCs, Macs, and Linux devices to a single account

Limited backup functionality for Windows

You can backup data stored in Windows computer, provided your Apple ID is used to setup iCloud on atleast one Apple device

Mobile Backup across all platforms

iPhone, iPad, Android Backup

For iOS devices only

Snapshot-based restore

Historical view of your data lets you perform point-in-time recovery

Does not support snapshot-based restore

Local backup

A combination of local and cloud backup for all the data on your computers, servers and mobile devices

Does not support local backup

Data sync

Online file sync is available for all plans. Activate Sync and get additional space for sync, equivalent to your backup storage plan for FREE!

File sync is available for all plans

Server cloud backup
(SQL, Exchange, Oracle)

Available for all IDrive plans, even for the FREE account

Does not support server backup

True archiving

Data, once backed up, is never deleted even after it is removed from its original location on your computer, unless you delete it manually

Files once deleted from your computer are instantly removed from the cloud and from linked devices

Disk Clone

Backup entire drive on your computer, including operating system, with content and information structure intact

Does not support disk clone


IDrive maintains up to 30 previous versions of all the files in your account

Maintains previous versions of only iWork documents

Create user accounts within your storage space

Available only for business plans

You cannot share your account storage space

Free physical data shipment

IDrive Express is FREE - 1x a year for personal plans and 3x a year for businesses

Physical shipment of data is not available

Data encryption on transfer and storage

Files are transferred and stored encrypted via 256-bit AES encryption with an optional private key. Secure 128-bit SSL links are used for all online data transfers.

Uses 128-bit AES encryption

Private key encryption

A user-defined text string can be used to generate the 256-bit AES encryption key for encrypting all files

User-defined text string is not supported

Centralized admin console

A web-based console to manage data backups, restores, application settings etc., on your faraway computers

Web-only access is available to view backed up data


The 90% offer is applicable for the first year only. You need to provide proof of your iCloud account.

Here's what the experts say:

A Great Storage and Backup Combo. – Fergus O'Sullivan, June 7, 2023

IDrive gets even better with unlimited backups of your Google, Microsoft cloud.– Mark Hachman, May 03, 2023

Having reviewed IDrive’s online backup service several times over the years, I’m familiar with the company’s penchant for feature-rich efforts. And RemotePC, which can leverage IDrive for backup, is the most feature-laden remote desktop software on the planet. I like the attitude-if it can or should be done, let’s just do it.– Jon L.Jacobi, July 21, 2022

As a pure storage solution for all of your mobile photography, this is easily the most affordable unlimited option we've seen. And with IDrive's strong track record in the cloud storage realm, it's also one that you can trust. – Sean Riley, June 03, 2021

IDrive is a top-notch cloud storage service. - Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, March 08, 2021

Effortless remote backup - A versatile and feature-rich hybrid backup solution that’s simple to use and perfectly priced for SMBs. - Dave Mitchell, August 18, 2020

IDrive - The cheapest cloud storage service of 2020 for all your files. If all you care about is lots of storage on the cheap, this service can't be topped. - David Murphy, August 13, 2020

IDrive is like a checklist of everything most people could want from a cloud storage service. It's fast, incredibly simple to use, and it offers excellent security so you know your files are secure at all times. – Jennifer Allen, August 04, 2020

Best overall choice thanks to a rock-bottom price. – Desire Athow, July 06, 2020

IDrive's versatile and easy-to-use platform is packed with features and different ways to back up, store and recover your company's data, which is why we named it our best pick for small businesses. – Andreas Rivera, June 12, 2018

IDrive is best for anyone who has multiple machines to back up. – Sean Riley, May 15, 2018

Online backup for the person who wants everything; Backup, storage, sharing, local backup... IDrive does just about everything. – Jon L.Jacobi, September 28, 2017

All of the data is encrypted client-side using 256-bit AES encryption with an optional private key, unusual security feature for syncing services. – Frederic Lardinois, March 27, 2014

IDrive Express is a common-sense solution to time-consuming backups. – Michael S.Lasky, November 25, 2013