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LiveDrive Review

Quick Intro: LiveDrive (www.LiveDrive.com) is another UK based company that specializes in backup software. They have some impressive names in their clients roster, including Tiger Direct, PC World, Currys and Dixons.

Select a tab below to see our detailed review of LiveDrive:

  • Review Summary
  • Storage & Features
  • Screenshots
  • Installation
LiveDrive is one of the more comprehensive backup solutions when it comes to being able to share and sync files in a simple and straightforward manner. The product moves seamlessly between computers and mobile computing devices, and it offers a very robust social media interface as well. (c.f. seamlessly integrated with Facebook, Flickr, SmugMug and other popular social networks)

There are a lot of benefits to using LiveDrive, which include 30 day file versioning and unlimited individual file sizes (No file size limit means no problem uploading large files like movies or heavy zip files!). We found LiveDrive to be one of the better solutions for sharing full movie files, downloaded music, and any other large files that were much too big to be shared any other way (Remember that most other online backup services reviewed on this site DO have a maximum file size). LiveDrive also makes things easy by allowing users to drag and drop new files to be backed up, which saves the hassle of having to set up new files to be part of the regular backup.

If we had any issues with LiveDrive, it was that the program does NOT allow users to schedule any backups. The LiveDrive program runs almost continuously in the background, which became a problem when we were using streaming services. But the LiveDrive control panel allows users to throttle back the bandwidth, which solved our streaming and connection clogging issues.

Pros of LiveDrive

  • Unlimited file sizes (Great advantage that many other online backup services don’t have).
  • LiveDrive integrates easily with Facebook and other social media platforms.
  • 30 Day Versioning.
  • Unlimited bandwidth.
  • The support for mobile computing devices was better than most other backup programs.
  • NO Credit Card Required for Free Trial.

Cons Of LiveDrive

  • No ability to schedule backups.
  • It was hard to get answers from customer service.
  • No Linux Support.

LiveDrive Storage Space & Pricing

LiveDrive separates its pricing between home and business plans. For business, there are two programs to choose from.

  • Express Plan – 3 users – 2TB of storage – $37.00 per month
  • Standard Plan – 10 users and up – $125.00 per month

The home plans are broken down into three different choices.

  • Backup Plan – One Computer – Unlimited storage – $6.00 per month
  • Briefcase Plan – Unlimited devices for one user – 2TB of storage – $12.00 per month
  • Pro Suite – Up to 5 computers – 5TB of storage – $19.00 per month

The Briefcase Plan applies to a single user, but syncs files between multiple computers and mobile computing devices. With the Briefcase Plan, you can also share any files from any of your computing devices with friends and family members. If you have a personal NAS that you use to store your data, then you can add the NAS to the Backup and Pro Suite Plans for an extra $8.00 per month. You can also add extra computers to any of these home plans for an additional $1.50 per month per computer.

Additional users can only be added to the Standard Business Plan and at a cost of $11.75 per month per user. Additional storage can be purchased for the Standard Business Plan at a cost of $6.25 per month for each 1TB of additional space.

LiveDrive Security & Encryption

LiveDrive uses AES-256 256-bit military grade encryption on all of its client files. This is a pretty standard encryption level that most other online backup services use.

LiveDrive Bandwidth & Upload/Download Speeds

LiveDrive is able to run seamlessly in the background of all of your PCs because it has no limit to its bandwidth. Your Internet service provider may have a feature that limits the speed of your uploads and downloads, but it would not be limited by LiveDrive.

One good feature that LiveDrive has in its control panel is the ability to let you control how much bandwidth the program uses. If you are doing several bandwidth intensive activities at once, such as streaming videos or downloading large files, then you can throttle down LiveDrive on your own and free up some of the bandwidth for your other activities.

LiveDrive File Versioning

Versioning is a service that creates automatic backups of a file each time you make changes to it (great feature for people that plan to overwrite the same files multiple times). LiveDrive offers 30 day versioning. Note that other services we reviewed offer unlimited versioning so if this is a feature important to you, LiveDrive might not be the best choice.

LiveDrive File Sharing

LiveDrive has some pretty convenient features when it comes to sharing files. The software allows you to share files with anyone through social media, Internet mail, or a separate email account. You can choose to share a file using the public feature, which means that anyone can access that file, or you can share files privately with individuals. The convenient feature LiveDrive offers is the ability to share extremely large files with anyone through email without clogging up your recipients email. All you would do is send the URL address of the file you want to share and your recipient can click on the URL instead of having to wait for an attachment to download.

LiveDrive Syncing

Syncing files between computers and mobile computing devices is a specialty of LiveDrive. Both of the business plans allow users to sync all files with every PC in their network. The Briefcase and Pro Suite home plans allow file syncing between multiple computers, but the Briefcase Plan allows file syncing to take place with multiple computers and mobile computing devices.

LiveDrive Maximum File Size Limit

There are no file size limits with the LiveDrive plans.

Download: Click here to sign up & download LiveDrive (Free Trial Version)
LiveDrive runs seamlessly in the background on any PC, Mac, or mobile computing device. In many instances, the only thing that reminds the user that he is running LiveDrive is the icon in the toolbar.

1) Load the LiveDrive icon onto any computer or mobile computing device.

2) Click the icon and it will take you to the settings page.

3) Indicate which files you want backed up.

4) LiveDrive runs in the background and is accessible through the visible icon in the home screen toolbar, or as an app on a mobile computing device.

LiveDrive recommends creating a drive L: on your PC or Mac to act as the LiveDrive storage on your computer.

Select a tab below to see our detailed review of LiveDrive:

Review Overview

Value for Money - 80%
Storage Space - 100%
Ease-Of-Use - 70%
Features - 81%
Security & Privacy - 75%
Speed - 80%
Customer Support - 80%

81%

Great!

Summary : Great Unlimited Storage Solution. No File Size Limit = Ideal Solution for Backing Up Movies and Large Files. We recommend that you give LiveDrive's Free Version a try to see if it's right for you.

User Rating: 4.45 ( 1 votes)
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