X:drive, i-drive - Web drives

So, how can you take your data on the road, and ensure access when you need it? Put your data on a Web-based storage site, or Web drive, and you can access it from any computer with an Internet connection. Better yet, the service is free.

The choice of Web drives is broad and getting broader; at last count at least 20 free file-storage sites existed, most offering a storage capacity of about 25MB per account. Seeking to differentiate themselves, these sites have added an array of features to make Web access to your data more convenient than your PC's hard drive. Some offer full "mobile office" functionality, providing not only on-line storage but e-mail, address books, calendars, and more. Two sites still in beta at time of writing, MyWebOS.com and NuoMedia, go so far as to offer online productivity applications.

But when it comes to plain old file storage, the baseline is pretty much covered by two similarly named sites: i-drive and X:drive. While the two sites offer some extra frills, their focus is providing you with free, reliable access to your personal 25MB on the Web. We took the services for a test run and found them a useful way to move and share files, and to access data while on the road.

Why wouldn't you want to store data on the Web? The reasons are few. Though you should always be wary about storing sensitive files online, even on secure sites, both i-drive and X:drive are Trust-e licensees and have detailed privacy policies; they won't sell your information or allow access to your data if you haven't authorised it. Overall, there's little to fear - and much to gain - from using these handy free Web drives.

X:drive

Price: free

URL: www.xdrive.com

i-drive

Price: free

URL: www.idrive.com

X or i?

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Emru Townsend

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?