Published: August 4, 2016

How to use IDrive for online backups

Step-by-step guide

This is a guide on how to use an online backup service, for free. You have to join with a valid email address but no money needs to be spent. The screenshots are the process I went thru and at the bottom is a quick review.

Online backups are a good thing to protect your files in the event of problems with your computer or whatever device you are using (can also protect your iPhone and Android data if want to). This can be an alternative to using USB sticks. This is better from the point of view that a USB stick can be lost or stolen. This is very wise to do especially if you use your computer to make money online.

Let’s get started, all instructions here were done on a desktop PC. The process may be different on other devices.

First, visit the IDrive Online Backup website and click on the ‘Sign up’ link in the top right corner of the screen.

You need to sign-up for a free account.

Sign up form
Sign up form

Then pick whether you want to set your own encryption key that only you know, it will not be stored on IDrive’s servers.

Once you’ve chosen you will then be welcomed into your new account and the setup software will begin downloading.

Welcome
Welcome

Follow the instructions to complete the installation process. It’s simple and only takes a couple of minutes. Once installed this is how it should look, go ahead and log in using the form.

Successfully installed
Successfully installed

Once logged in it will find your folders on your desktop and you can choose what to backup. With the free account, you get a limit of 5GB, if you need any more than that you will have to upgrade.

Click on the large blue ‘Start backup immediately’ button and away it goes.

Choose files you want to backup
Choose files you want to backup

As it goes thru your files you can see how long has elapsed, and how much more time it expects to take to get thru all of the files you wish to backup.

Estimated time left
Estimated time left

How long it will take will obviously depend on how large your files are, but expect it to take a while, if you don’t want it slowing your machine down then you can schedule it, or simply do it manually when you’ve finished with your computer and are happy to leave it backing up what you want it to.

You can also do it using the menu when you right-click, as shown in this screenshot.

Menu shortcut
Menu shortcut

All of the services on offer haven’t been fully tested but if you want to use them IDrive also have the option to backup Facebook and Instagram. You can find that by the links on the left once you’re logged in, as you can see here.

Instagram and facebook backups
Instagram and Facebook backups are possible.

All in all, the service has been very smooth to use and at no cost it’s excellent. In PC Mag they rated this software 4/5, I would also give it a positive review.