ADrive Review – 50GB of Free Cloud Storage

ADrive is one of the many cloud storage providers on the market.  It offers a whopping 50 GB of free cloud storage for your files.  Is this a service you should consider using?  In this review I’ll take a look at ADrive and see just how well it performs.

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  • Low price (starting at $2.50 for 100GB)
  • Free plan includes 50GB
  • Backup, cloud storage, and sharing features
  • PC and Mac support


  • 2GB file size limit
  • Ancient mobile apps
  • Public sharing is somewhat basic

The Bottom Line

ADrive offers an incredible 50 GB of free cloud storage space and paid plans at a fraction of the cost of competitors.

Plans and Pricing

The ADrive free plan includes a whopping 50 GB of storage space.  However, there’s no file history, no SSL encryption, and it’s ad-supported.  If you can deal with these (and other) limitations, the free plan is an incredible deal.

The biggest limitations of the free account is the lack of file history.  Without file history, you can’t restore previous versions of files.

For those who need more features, the ADrive premium plan starts at $2.50/month for 100GB, although this can be increased to 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB, and more.

Business plans start at $7/month for 200 GB and 10 users.

Creating a Profile

ADrive uses profiles to manage accounts.  When the software is first started, you’ll be asked to create a new profile and enter your login details before uploading files.

ADrive main screen

After logging into your account, you’ll see the ADrive main screen.

Managing Backups

From this window you can setup automatic backups to your ADrive account.  The backups can be scheduled daily, weekly, or monthly at a time of your choice.  You can choose to backup any local folders on your hard drive.  You’ll also select a remote folder to store your backups (for instance, if you want all your backups stored in a “My Backups” folder) or just choose the default root directory.

ADrive Backup Dashboard

Managing backups in ADrive.

When you click “Add New Job,” you’ll be given these steps:

  1. Name your job.
  2. Choose local folders to backup.
  3. Choose a remote folder.
  4. Schedule the backup (daily, weekly, or monthly).
  5. Save it.

I appreciated how easy it was to setup a backup job; the step-by-step instructions left no room for confusion.

Upload/Download Files

In addition to the backup features, ADrive functions as a cloud storage service.  You can upload and download files right from the desktop client.  Just like your backups you can upload individual files or entire folders.

This is useful in situations where you want to upload a file that isn’t a part of your regular backup schedule.

Sharing Files

You can share files with friends, family, and coworkers from your ADrive account.  The steps for sharing files are:

  1. Log into your account via the web interface.
  2. Select files or folders you wish to share.
  3. Set an expiration date (optional).
  4. Set a password (optional).

You can then copy the link to your clipboard and share it with others.  Publicly shared folders show up as a basic list of files.  There are no thumbnails for images, nor is there any “preview” for images.

ADrive shared folder

Publicly shared folders aren’t very fancy.

I would have liked to see more than just a plain list of filenames for shared folders.  It’s a bit too businesslike with little support for images or other media.


ADrive offers blazing fast upload speeds.  During a speed test, ADrive uploaded my files at 7.0 Mbps (maxing out my internet connection in the process).

Download speeds were mixed: sometimes they were a sluggish 1.2 Mbps, while at other times of the day they tested as high as 3.1 Mbps.


Remote Access

Upload your files using FTP, SFTP, Rsync, SCP, or WebDAV.  You can also manage your public keys from the ADrive interface.

Mobile Apps

ADrive has apps for iOS and Android.  I tested the Android app and although it was usable, the interface feels a bit outdated.  You can view the files stored in your account, sync files to and from your phone, move files, etc.

Edit Documents Online

You can edit documents online without having to open Microsoft Office.  ADrive uses Zoho to let users edit documents right in the cloud.

Map Your ADrive with WebDAV

This lets you map your ADrive as a network drive.  You can drag and drop, copy, and move around files right from File Explorer in Windows.  It’s by far one of my favorite features.

Connected to ADrive via webDAV

Mapping my ADrive account in Windows.


ADrive offers tech support via email with a ticket system.  I submitted a ticket and was responded to within 1 business day.  Although their website says they offer phone support, I couldn’t find a number listed and was able to confirm they don’t offer this anymore.  You can also get support via their user forums, where ADrive responds to all requests for help.


ADrive is one of the lowest cost services to combine cloud storage, backups, and public file sharing.  At just $2.50 a month for 100 GB, this is just a fraction of the cost of it’s competitors.

On the downside, the mobile apps have a fairly outdated interface.  I also felt public sharing of files was fairly basic and plain looking.

However, ADrive performs well and excelled during my backup tests.  It’s a fast, easy to use, and extremely affordable online backup and cloud storage service.  ADrive also offers 50 GB for free, which is an incredible amount of space for those who don’t need the features of the paid plans.

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Product Name ADrive
Version 1.5
Operating Systems WindowMac
Storage 100 GB
Monthly Price $2.50
Average Upload Speed 7.0 Mbps (8 Mbps connection)
Average Download Speed 1.2 Mbps (30 Mbps connection)

General Features

Free Trial yes
Free Online Storage no
Mobile Apps Android, iOS
Bandwidth Controls no
NAS Support null

Backup Features

File Versioning yes
Keep Deleted Files 14 Days
Back Up to Local Drive no

Sync and Share Features

File Sync yes
Selective Sync no
Public File Sharing yes
Collaborative Invites yes


Encrypted Storage no
Encrypted Transfer yes
Personal Encryption no
Zero-knowledge Encryption no
Two-factor Authentication no


Phone Support no
Email Support yes
24/7 Support no
Live Chat no


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Geoff Akerlund

Geoff Akerlund

Geoff Akerlund is the founder and editor-in-chief of He is a cloud fanatic and regularly reviews online backup services. He believes backups should be easy, affordable, and automatic.

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  • ashifzubair

    i am curios about the price (2.5$) for 100 GB compared to major other providers. is it fully cloud or hybrid or traditional storage ?

    and do you think it is reliable to store automated WHM backups on Adrive using FTP ?

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    • Hi Ashif. I’m not sure what you mean by hybrid storage. ADrive would be good for storing website backups, yes.

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      • ashifzubair

        pls see for what i meant.

        and is 50Gb free storage plan still available with / without ftp access ?

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        • I’m not sure what type of storage ADrive uses in their datacenters, but I imagine it’s traditional hard drives and not hybrid drives.

          Unfortunately FTP access is only available for Premium and Business users.

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  • I used ADrive in one of my projects for months and I have to say that it’s looks really slow and buggy. I’ll not write much here (you can read some(!) of its problems in my post at but now I’m looking for another backup storage…

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    • T0nedude

      I agree, trying to download an 8 gig file from Europe is really painful, they’re basically unusable. The download speeds are so slow, they vary from 50kb/s to 900kb/s and mainly at the slow end, and they can still drop completely meaning a restart is necessary. Don’t use them if you’re from EU.

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  • Norm Stansfield

    Any idea how much storing 1Tb costs? Is it $25/month, or are there discounts?

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    • ADrive charges $25/month for 1TB on their personal plan, or $35/month on their business plan. There are discounts if you pay for a year in advance.

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  • Seth Prescott

    Not sure what happened but several people including myself lost all their files.

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    • That is not good. Personally, I would like to see a statement from ADrive about how many files (GB) were lost, and how many customers were affected.

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  • Larry Louw

    I lost all my photos uploaded to A Drive and they could not be retrieved! DO NOT USE this service. Useless if you value your files being uploaded! Be warned stay away.

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  • Wanna

    Adrive lost ALL my files, they blame it for not paying for a premium server. Do not trust these guys with your files, they are a scam!

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  • User

    Scam! Lost all my files. They send you an email days after they close the account saying we will close your account (yesterday). Shame on you ! Scammers, don’t be fooled by their low price. Its the worst serviceout there.

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  • James

    I happened to log in and saw the notice that they were discontinuing their free service on the 16th November. I do not recall receiving any email with regards to this!!!!! Considering I had a lot of photos and video backed up there I was shocked! I tried downloading the files to back them up elsewhere and was faced with impossible download speeds (based in Europe) Considering a lot of files were between 5mb and 500mb it was obvious I wouldnt be able to download them before the cutoff date. I was thus forced to buy a subscription just so that I could download the files and clear my Adrive backup. (the download speeds do increase drastically when one buys a subscription)

    As soon as I had got everything off I cancelled my subscription as I cant trust a company with my sensitive files who would do such a thing. Severely dissapointed. I guess if a deal is too good to be true it IS too good to be true. An email would have been nice with some decent advance notice. I see the news about the end of free accounts only came out on the 25th September – I only saw it around the 14th October by pure chance – so yeah – damn sneaky.

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  • Disappointed user

    A. No free 50gb
    B. They cheat their affiliates. If you dont own your own account they will not pay you.

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    • J More

      I am surprised since i have been using adrive as a basic user for 2 years and i never had any problem. And even lately my account of 18 GB is still active and i can log in without any problem. i did a backup few weeks ago after receiving a notice. I am giving adrive 4 stars from my own experience.

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  • John Paul

    Adrive is a disaster. It has taken me about two months to sync data with my pc, it uses so much resource, it is often offline, you cannot go onto the website does not allow you into the folder system. They should not be charging customers, if they can’t get the basics right. I have been stuck into it as I am trying to retrieve data I uploaded while it was free.

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