1&1 IONOS HiDrive

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Lately Strato, the company behind this product, rebranded it, so what was beforehand referred to as 1&1 Hidrive is now 1&1 IONOS HiDrive. But we’ll buck this development and call it HiDrive from this point onwards.

In a crowded SaaS market, what has HiDrive to supply that makes it an alternative choice to Dropbox and the other massive gamers?

Options

Most SaaS solutions supply either synchronisation or advert hoc file storage, but HiDrive is likely one of the few that does each in a single package deal.

Desktop shoppers (PC and Mac) can sync their folders to the cloud, they usually may also place information into that area that aren’t saved on the pc.

Mobile app

On some documentation, Linux help is talked about, however there isn't any desktop shopper for that platform. There's an app for Linux based mostly Synology NAS packing containers, and the now-defunct Home windows Telephone and Windows Telephone 8 units.

A pleasant additional twist is you could also interface it to units that help WebDav, FTP and rSync, like NAS bins. Though, there's an additional monthly payment to use these providers.

What the service doesn’t supply is any means to safe a computer so it may be restored completely within the occasion of a storage failure. As an alternative, it’s meant as a point-and-secure mechanism the place you highlight the folders it is advisable maintain protected, and the software program then dispatches them to HiDrive cloud storage.

Or that’s what we assumed once we first used the system.

Windows

In our testing we highlighted the Footage folder on our PC, right clicked and chosen ‘Save in HiDrive’. This content material then arrived within the HiDrive folder and was synced out to the cloud.

We assumed, stupidly on reflection, that from this level onwards any information that have been placed in the Footage folder can be secured, however that’s not the way it works.

Information positioned in the HiDrivePictures folder are secured, but those within the unique folder are ignored, as no link is established.

The best way this works gives the impression that you would be able to decide any folder and have it secured online. The truth is that they need to all have to be beneath the HiDrive folder to be transferred, an answer that's lower than splendid.

Interface

We already coated how confusing the desktop shopper is, and the online interface can also be a bit of a multitude too.

The developers should have realised this and are presently testing a completely new net answer that you are requested to check out the brand new ‘HiDrive Beta Supervisor’ on a offered hyperlink. Besides, once we clicked on this link, on a web page dated from July 2015, the beta website wasn’t there.

That three years on this nonetheless isn’t ready for public consumption may hint that the developer might have taken his summer time vacation that yr, never to return.

Excluding footage file codecs, HiDrive has no plan for what to do with totally different document varieties, as it doesn’t interface to Google Docs or the web version of Microsoft Office.

Web interface

The online interfaces most helpful perform is to allow information or folders to be shared with others by sending them a link. These hyperlinks may be password controlled, restrict the variety of downloads and have an expiry date and time.

What it doesn’t supply is any means to limit access to a shared folder, allowing anybody who has a legitimate link to vary and delete the contents.

You can too create shared photograph albums, though as Google and Apple both do that intrinsically on their cellular merchandise, it's of limited use.

Safety

It’s all the time another person’s fault isn’t it, when things go improper. Or, that appears to be the message coming from so many sources, including HiDrive.

Because wanting at the HiDrive security answer, that might be the consumer’s difficulty, not something to do with this company or service.

Within the HiDrive documentation, it makes much of how essential encryption is to safe information, and the way it gained’t permit unencrypted knowledge on the servers. Nevertheless, once you set up the shopper and click on on the tab for ‘Encryption’ you’ll discover that it’s a function you have to activate by creating encrypted folders in your machines. There isn’t an inbuilt mechanism to do this, so in actuality, the duty for all that is solely the users, they usually’ll have to discover a suitable software software to perform this job.

HiDrive promotes the concept by making you liable for encryption your information is inherently safer than letting the system deal with that, which is a handy argument to keep away from offering the performance or duty.

Briefly, if you would like end-to-end encryption, zero-knowledge passwords and even two-factor authentication, then look elsewhere.

Pricing

Pricing

One very complicated facet to HiDrive is that depending on where you purchase it you might pay a completely totally different worth for the same service.

For instance, being UK based mostly we went to Strato Hosting, and there we have been provided HiDrive 100 offering 100GB for $9.10 (£6.90) per thirty days with a minimal of a 6-month contract. To get 500GB on HiDrive 500 service prices a whopping $26 (£19.90) per thirty days.

Nevertheless, in the event you go to Free HiDrive you will get the same HiDrive 500 package deal for $14.31 (£10.90). And, the contract is just three months, not six.

Wherever you get it, this isn’t the most cost effective online storage, although the larger packages do permit you to have 5 users and share the storage between them.

There is a free 5GB plan, do you have to need to check out the HiDrive system.

Ultimate verdict

The high worth mixed with the limited functionality, muddled methodology and missing-in-action encryption mannequin would put most individuals off HiDrive. People who aren’t should critically think about different merchandise before signing as much as this one.

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