LiveDrive Backup Review
The simple backup option is $7.95 if you pay per month. The $79.95 annual plan however, brings it down to $6.66/month. You can go even lower than that if you choose to pay up front for a different 1 year, up to 5 year, plan. At the 5 year point it's only $3.67/month. If you want to, you can pay up front for one year, skip the free trial and get a 30 day money back guarantee and a new price of $69.95, which is only $5.83/month. Note that you can only get the free trial if you get the $7.95/month or $79.95/year plan afterwards. To backup additional computers, it's a mere $1.45 extra per month, cheaper than some other services' additional computer options. The Briefcase plan is $15.95 per month, with much cheaper annual options, and offers a plethora of file syncing features. Other plans include the Pro Suite plan, which is $24.95 per month and combines Backup and Briefcase together, and the Business Plan, which is $49.95 per month. LiveDrive lays out their large collection of annual plans and pricing before you're done registering, so you get a chance to weigh your options.
Like many online backup services, the initial backup takes a very long time depending on how many files are on your computer. Setup is simple and a LiveDrive shortcut appears on your desktop and control panel for easy access.
The easiest way to use your LiveDrive is through the pop-up controls in your PC control panel. This is located in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Here you can manage your backups, open up the web portal, edit settings and view the status of your backup. Overall, the interface is pretty well organized. You can sort your uploads by their type, name or folder name. This is especially nice if you're someone who keeps their computer organized in the first place. To select individual folders for backup, simply right-click, select LiveDrive, and click "backup with livedrive". Little green squares will show up on the folders that are backed up by LiveDrive.
You can access your backed up files through your LiveDrive web portal. Here is where the interface gets a little cluttered but it's not too bad if you know exactly where to look. It is laid out by folder icons. Clicking on one icon will open up to more folders and files the more specific you get. Here you have the option to rename folders, check properties, download the folders and stream music files when applicable. You can even download previous versions of files.
To restore a large number of files back to your PC simultaneously, you must download the LiveDrive Restore feature. To do so, go to the "account settings" tab in the web portal and click "software download." Using the restore function couldn't be easier. After selecting which folders and files you want, click the "restore" button. A set of options will pop up. Here you can choose the destination folder, conflicting file options, and general error options. You can view your restore report once it's done.
In regard to HIPAA compliance: LiveDrive does not specify its means of complying with HIPAA regulations. If you want to know what HIPAA is, please visit our FAQ page.
Though LiveDrive's backup solution is $7.95, or the cheapest option of $3.67/month with the 5 year plan (among other annual prices), for some extra money per month you can get LiveDrive Briefcase. Essentially, the briefcase is their answer to your cloud storage needs. To read more about LiveDrive Briefcase, click here to check out the review.
LiveDrive's free mobile phone application is one of our favorite parts of this service. It is very intuitive and is even more organized than the web interface. When clicking on your backup folder or briefcase on the iPhone, the file navigation is much like scrolling through the songs on your ipod — alphabetically organized and easy to find. With the mobile app, you can easily stream music that was on your backed up computer. There is also a web sharing feature. This is available on the web interface as well and is great when you want to send a file to someone. When sharing, you can either choose to share publicly, where your files will appear on your sharing portal linked to your LiveDrive web address, or privately. If you choose the private option, the person you are sharing with will be sent a username and password that they can use to access the file. LiveDrive allows external drive backup as well; however, the drive must retain the same drive letter at all times (i.e. drive C).
Overall, LiveDrive's cheap backup plan is a great value. It's safe and simple, and though you can only backup one PC per subscription, you get unlimited storage space and it only costs an extra $1.45/month to backup an additional computer. Nice sharing features and an attractive mobile app really add to the appeal. If you want syncing features added into the mix, check out the Briefcase, LiveDrive's cloud storage counterpart.
(w/ annual plan)
|14-day free trial;|
Save up to 54% w/ annual plans
|Gigabytes (GB) of Storage Included:||Unlimited|
|# of Computers Backed Up:||1;|
$1.45/mo per add'l computer
|External Drive Backup:||Yes|
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