For sometime now I have used CrashPlan to backup all of my home computers to the cloud. I have no problems with it, in fact I love it. I previously tried using AVG's LiveKive solution, but had many problems with the service. Now a new one called DrivePop has appeared on the radar and it has intriguing pricing plans that will make potential customers take notice.
Pricing ranges from a 14-day trial plan that allows for up 512 GB of storage and use on one computer. The family plan is perhaps more interesting to most customers -- $4.99 per month or $49.99 annually and the ability to have unlimited storage and usage on up to five computers. There is also a business plan, as well as a Sync plan. More interesting is a special pricing plan being offered right now -- $0.99 for unlimited storage and use on three PC's. Signup for the trial first to see how it works before you spend money on a paid plan. Keep in mind that it is only good for 14 days after which you have to upgrade or uninstall the app again.
What to Expect
Before downloading the client you will need to make a few decisions. Choose a subdomain, enter your email address and pick a password, to move forward. There are clients for both Windows and Mac.
It may seem a bit confusing at first -- the company is named DrivePop, but the app refers to itself as Livedrive. Regardless, you will need to login with your email address and password when you first launch it. Once logged in then you can begin browsing files on your computer and selecting those you wish to include in your backup. The app then reduces to an icon on your system tray.
Clicking this icon displays several options -- Status, Pause Transfers, Update, Manage Backups, Restore Backups, View Your Livedrive online, Settings and Exit.
All are self-explanatory, but Settings contains several options, including managing your account information, setting how much bandwidth the app uses as it runs in the background and manually checking for updates. If you wish to add or remove folders from your backup plan then this can be accomplished by choosing Manage Backups.
The app seems to work smoothly, and setup was incredibly simple. I can not say that I will begin using it this moment -- I am paid through next year on CrashPlan. I also would want to know the company will be sticking around for the foreseeable future. However, given the pricing, and providing that the service catches on, then it is a realistic option when my current account expires.
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