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ADrive Review

A cheap and versatile cloud storage provider, ADrive has too many issues for us to recommend it to anyone.

By Brian Law
— Last Updated: 2023-01-23T14:08:30+00:00

ADrive over promises and under delivers.

There are numerous valuable features it claims to provide, but their implementation is just broken. What is functional shows potential, but the service is brought down by security and privacy issues, a terrible user experience and a failure to provide some of the most basic functions like auto-syncing.

ADrive does have SCP, SFTP, Rsync and WebDAV support, solid speeds and works as both a backup and cloud storage, so if these are must-have features, it might still be worth a try. ADrive offers a 60-day free trial, no credit card required, so you can decide for yourself on ADrive.

Keep reading to see where ADrive delivers on its promises and where it falls flat. For another storage solution that supports SFTP and WebDAV, check out our Livedrive review. For any other service at all, have a look at our article on best cloud storage services.

Strengths & Weaknesses


  • Reasonable pricing
  • Sync or backup any folder
  • SCP, SFTP, Rsync & WebDAV support
  • Solid speeds


  • Many broken features
  • Security & privacy issues
  • Poor app support
  • Terrible user interface

While ADrive has a few convenient features, it has so many problems it’s hard to recommend. Much of what ADrive promises just doesn’t work.

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40 % – Terrible

If you visit ADrive, you’ll find a long list of very promising features. The power to collaborate on files seamlessly, the ability to work on Microsoft Office documents in-browser with Zoho and support for all major operating systems all sound great, but ADrive doesn’t follow through.

Collaboration is broken. Trying to use a shared folder simply returns the error “directory does not exist.” In-browser editing is also broken: clicking “edit with Zoho” does nothing. If you want these features, you’ll have to look to something like Google Drive (see our Google Drive review), which has strong collaboration support and an office suite, or Microsoft OneDrive (see our OneDrive review) if Office Online is a must-have.

While ADrive is functional on Windows and Android, the iOS app has been removed from the app store. ADrive claims to be “working on getting the Adrive App back on Apple App Store,” but it’s impossible to know how long this will take.

There were also problems with the macOS app. The package is available for download on ADrive’s website, however it does not install cleanly. First, ADrive is not an identified developer, meaning the company has not taken the time to register with Apple to make sure that its software works properly with macOS.

Secondly, when I attempted to install the application on macOS, there was an error. I tested with both the High Sierra beta and OS X El Capitan to the same result.

ADrive does deliver on its promise of Windows compatibility, though. Installation for Windows 10 follows the usual process of clicking the “continue” button until it’s finished.

Beyond ADrive’s mountain of failed promises, there are some features that do actually work. Link sharing, for example, has all of the features we look for here at You can choose a download limit, expiration date and a password for any file you wish to share.

ADrive’s Windows client also features some tools that are useful despite their lack of promotion on ADrive’s website. You can set ADrive to sync or backup any folder on your computer and do so with customizable settings. Advanced users may also find support for SCP, FTP, SFTP, Rsync and WebDAV useful.


85 % – Very Good

ADrive claims on its website to have the “lowest priced plans in the industry.” While this doesn’t hold true for any but the longest of commitments, the pricing is reasonable. It’s still more expensive than many of our other best cloud storage providers.

A free plan would have been nice to see, too, but ADrive closed down the previous 50GB plan. There is a free 60-day trial, however, so you don’t need to commit your money before you’ve used it.

Get details for business pricing here.

ADrive’s versatility is also nice to see. You can tailor your storage package to your needs and subscribe for payments every month, year, two years or three years. As ADrive’s plans have changed in the past, you should be cautious signing on for something as long term as three years.

Ease of Use

30 % – Terrible

ADrive is a nightmare to use. Half of the features that are advertised simply don’t work in some capacity. Some options are absent. Others just don’t behave properly.

Versioning, for example, is unusable. If you click on “file restore,” you will be brought to a menu where you can choose a date to revert to. This menu, however, has no dates to choose from.

You will also have the option to “preview in new tab” for selected files but doing so will just download the file. What does work is often hard to use.

The user interface looks very dated, especially in the browser. ADrive has two browser uploaders: one doesn’t support folders, while the other requires you to enable applets and run Java, an outdated approach that the competition avoids.

File Sharing & Syncing

60 % – Fair

ADrive’s syncing is technically functional and the ability to sync folders other than the existing “ADriveSync” folder is practical for working with existing file structures. However, it fails in a major way compared to other services, as you can read in our review or pCloud review.

ADrive syncs at a maximum frequency of every 15 minutes. One of the major benefits to most cloud storage solutions is that even if your computer breaks when you are in the middle of a task, your last save will not have been lost. You can make valuable changes to a file in 15 minutes. Losing that because ADrive doesn’t auto-sync like most services would be a major frustration.

When you factor in the completely broken collaboration feature, ADrive becomes a difficult sell. If you can overlook these issues, ADrive does have customizable link sharing that allows you to keep your links secure with a password, expiration date and download limit.


90 % – Excellent

ADrive’s speeds are impressive. To put it to the test, I used the standard Cloudwards test folder of about 1GB with my connection of 92.86Mb/s down and 11.90Mb/s up. Here are the results:

1031MB Test File:
Upload Time:Upload Speed:Download Time:
Download Speed:
Test 1:745s11.1Mb/s397s20.8Mb/s
Test 2:775s10.6Mb/s423s19.5Mb/s

While uploading, ADrive nearly saturated my network. Downloading was slightly less impressive, though hitting under seven minutes shows that ADrive’s speeds are still very usable.

Security & Privacy

30 % – Terrible

ADrive is basically a pile of red flags when it comes to security and privacy. Immediately after signing up, it was obvious that security doesn’t come first. The sign-in page was not encrypted. It would be standard for a service to have an HTTPS login page, but ADrive chose HTTP. This means that your credentials could be vulnerable.

While using a VPN can keep you safe in cases like this, this is not a concern you should have when using a cloud service. It was also concerning that ADrive opted for security questions for password recovery. Security questions are outdated and insecure.

ADrive also doesn’t have any mention of encrypting your data at rest. The extent of ADrive’s stated security is encrypting your files in transit with TLS. The concerns don’t stop here, either.

We at recommend caution when using a provider that is not zero-knowledge as even good intentions can lead to security breaches if the provider is hacked or compelled by a court. ADrive doesn’t even seem to want to look out for your privacy, though.

ADrive reserves the right to inspect your files if it suspects you of misuse for any reason. ADrive states in its terms of service that it has sole discretion over how your data is moved and used, giving the service a lot of power over your files.

Security with ADrive is subpar and privacy is extremely concerning. Pretty much the only thing that ADrive got right in this department is not selling your personal information to advertisers. It’s of little consolation with a service that otherwise should only be used by those with no concern for security and privacy.

Customer Service

75 % – Good

ADrive has fast customer support. My requests were all answered on the same day. With some services having wait times of three days or longer, this is nice. The responses are helpful, if not particularly expansive. If you ask questions, you’ll get answers. If you’re not sure what to ask, it might take longer.

ADrive also offers phone support and a user forum. The user forum is in need of improvement. Like most of ADrive’s website, it looks terribly outdated. It also requires you to have an account not just to post yourself, but to view others’ posts. This wall might have something to do with the community’s lack of activity.

However, ADrive does have team members actively monitoring the forums and responding to posts. Posting to some providers’ forums can feel like shouting into a void, but with ADrive you’ll at least be heard, even if there aren’t enough community members to form a real discussion.

The Verdict

ADrive doesn’t excel in any area. Its support is decent. Its speeds are okay. Its also not terribly expensive. But there are other providers with better support. There are other providers that match and outperform ADrive in speed. Despite its affordable pricing, it’s still not the cheapest solution in most cases.

With its long list of broken features, ADrive is a hard sell. Its offering of SFTP and WebDAV support is certainly of importance to some advanced users, but it’s also not unique. Livedrive also has these professional features, albeit with no small storage options.

Beyond this, ADrive’s lack of privacy and security should be a major concern for most users. Unless your data isn’t sensitive in any way, ADrive just doesn’t cut it.

There may be some niche cases that ADrive fulfills, but for most users, there are better deals elsewhere. Does ADrive fit your specific needs or will you be looking elsewhere? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading.

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19 thoughts on “ADrive”

  1. Terrible! ADrive discontinued its free 50 GB storage in mid-November 2015. The user interface was always abominable, but it was nice to have that much free storage. Well, no freebies anymore. What’s more, they notified all users to retrieve their files by the mid-November deadline, or use them. While I was able to retrieve (download) my files, my son was not so fortunate. They lost all of his files. His message from support said it was due to a “catastrophic failure” and that they would try to restore what data they could. They never did. Who would trust a company like that with truly important data? Certainly not me!

  2. No free 50 gb.
    And they cheat their affiliates. If you dont have active account you wont be able to access your data, and probably will not get paid.

  3. I had 1000 music files on Adrive for years as a backup. The notified me about the discontinued free service. I upgraded to paid monthly. Found out later they had already lost all my files before they took my monthly fee. Messed up.

  4. Same story here. I emailed them several times, asking what ransom I had to pay to get my files back. And, if I did pay, what assurances would I have that my files would be there after I paid?
    I never got a response to ANY of my emails. Not one. I lost everything.
    I’m shocked a company could be THIS irresponsible, and then want your money?

  5. I have lost all the files I stored.

    They never even informed me of the new policy. No response from their service dept.

    Never use this service!

  6. I use ADrive as a place for new users or players on my game server to get my game or updates. Appears that ADrive has been down for over 24 hours and I can not log in. No notification of failure. Sent in a Support Inquiry and no reply except to say it was received. Considering this is a paid service not a very good response.

  7. I rarely write reviews but I felt compelled to write this in order to warn anyone considering Adrive.

    ADrive advertises itself as a secure, reliable and responsive provider of cloud storage.

    Over the last week (most likely longer) – their service went down entirely. I lost access to my files, no ftp access, I couldn’t log into my web account or their forum. Even their Facebook page was taken down. They don’t even have a Twitter presence.

    If that wasn’t enough to terrify me on the idea that their systems had been compromised – I soon discovered they do not reply to support requests. It took a week for me to get a reply from them (after emailing every single address I could find for them), and their response was “yeah we’re working on it”. Finally I regained access last night. No email confirmation that it was back online. No apology. Certainly no refund of any kind.

    It was a truly terrifying experience, feeling convinced that my data had become irretrievable and likely compromised.

    There are so many options out there – please do yourself a favor and STAY THE HECK AWAY FROM THIS ONE.

  8. Adrive is a scam – PLEASE AVOID IT.
    Even the premium plan is an unreliable shit and it is down in every second week.

    “We are currently experiencing technical difficulties and will be back online soon.
    Our systems administration team has been informed and is working on the issue.
    Thanks for your patience.”

    This is the message I have to face continously.

  9. My experience:

    ADrive doesn’t inform you when they take your drive offline.
    ADrive doesn’t notify you when there is issues with confirming your identity.
    ADrive doesn’t respond to requests for help.
    ADrive doesn’t respond to requests for cancellation and compensation.

    Best regards,

  10. I have used them the last 2 years and I use it as a backup service as it is intended, not as a place to store my only copies of files like apparently most everyone here did/does. If my house burns down or my computers stolen I know I can retrieve my backup from my fire resistant safe and/or from ADrive. The few times when I do have access to faster internet service I was able to transfer a single 800 MB file to Adrive in about 10 to 15 seconds. I saw the connection come up for a moment and it said like 60 MB a sec connection speed.

  11. Scam. Avoid at all cost. Took paypal billing without notice, more than once. “It is our policy to remind you of your new charges 5 days prior to this next bill”. Yeah right.

  12. I have been with aDrive for a few years now.
    Only because I paid in advance! I went to retrieve some files so I can move them over to iceDrive, but guess what, the server is down.

    The worst part for me being with aDrive is doing the uploads, I never know if they will finish. I will try this protocol, then the next, then back again, then I give up for the day.

    I saw the comment above about them taking payments out without notice, and that rang a bell, lucky my credit card will have run out by the time the renewal day comes around; don’t fall for using payPay as a payment option, they will get you that way.

    If anyone is looking for a new home, try iceDrive, I bought a 100GB and that is a one off payment for life, never pay a single cent again; 100GB will do me.

    It is a pity they don’t have negative stars as a vote here as that is what I would give aDrive, they are the worst company, I don’t even think I would call them a company; just go elsewhere, anywhere except aDrive

  13. As of January 23 2021 I am unable to get into ADrive. Pinging their website fails. Their whois information is still available and doesn’t indicate a problem. Anybody else?

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