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In terms of storing data in the cloud, ADrive looks like a gigantic Cumulus. The free, Basic service level offers a whopping 50 GB of storage and plenty of features that make it worth the price look. Functionality includes file storage, sharing, file history, integration with […]

AdriveIn terms of storing data in the cloud, ADrive looks like a gigantic Cumulus. The free, Basic service level offers a whopping 50 GB of storage and plenty of features that make it worth the price look. Functionality includes file storage, sharing, file history, integration with the Zoho Suite and a backup client application. Some won’t care for the backup client since it’s Java-based, but I see that as useful for cross-platform computing. For $25 a pop, you can recover prior files as well; that price is good for unlimited data recovery over a $24 hour period. Advanced features like SSL encryption, WebDAV support and more are in the Signature package at a reasonable $6.95 per month.

Of course, at the free level you’ll have to tolerate 3rd party advertisements, but that’s nothing new in today’s "give it me for free" web world. There is a file size limitation of 2 GB, but otherwise ADrive looks fairly flexible and useful for storing and working with data in the cloud. Could be just the thing for netbooks and other computers with limited, local storage. Two quick notes: for some reason over the last few days the company’s site has been very slow to load. I’m hoping it’s because the service is popular and isn’t indicative of the service levels they offer. Secondly, by using the service, you’re allowing the ADrive folks to use and share metadata from your files with advertising partners. In a sense, we’re basically doing that with the Google already; in return for free services, we offer up slivers of data and get contextual ads. Could be a deal-breaker for some.

Update: I see that ADrive does offer a downloadable backup client for PCs, so if you don’t like the Java interface, you’ve got an option on the Windows side.

  1. I successfully signed up over two weeks and that is the extent of it. Can’t backup up a thing! I’ve tried all times of the day and night. The best I can do is an occasionally sign in and reaching of the the file manager.

    Any suggestion? Anybody?

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  2. Free is never having to say you’re priority. :)

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  3. For all online backup, file sharing and storage related info, I recommend this website:

    http://www.BackupReview.info

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  4. Is it really a back up solution if in their ToS they state they can cut you off from your data at any time?

    “18. Termination for Convenience. Adrive reserves the right to change, suspend or discontinue all or any aspect of its services made available to You or others at any time, including the availability of any feature, Storage Data, without prior notice or liability to You. Either party may terminate this Agreement at any time for any reason or for no reason by sending notice of termination to the other party. You expressly waive and release Adrive from any and all claims You may have against Adrive arising out of or related to any such termination. “

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  5. If they die, so be it. It’s backup; you can look at it as your backup site getting toasted in a fire. You just have to go make a new backup somewhere else. I haven’t tried the backup client yet, but hopefully it will do a rsync style backup on a schedule, and offer an error if the site goes down.

    Your backup shouldn’t be your primary source for files, and you should probably have a local backup as well. This appears to be a fairly roomy space for your third-level offsite backup for the “worst case” disaster locally.

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  6. David in Atlanta, Ga Tuesday, September 2, 2008

    aDrive has been dead since mid-July 2008.

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  7. Adrive… dead? I don’t think so man… it seems to be working fine for me… I’ve gotten a bunch of my files backed up already… So… I dunno what you’re talkin about…

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  8. Take a look at http://www.myotherdrive.com. They blend both online backup and file sharing – kind of like Mozy and Adrive in one.

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