do you have Mobileme and actually use iDisk?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by doobs, Sep 3, 2009.


Do you regularly backup on iDisk?

  1. Yes, it works fine.

    35 vote(s)
  2. Yes, but it is very slow.

    15 vote(s)
  3. No, it is too slow.

    21 vote(s)
  1. doobs macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2008
    I have Mobileme and have found that iDisk is so incredibly slow at uploading (even when on my university network connection) that it is borderline unuseable. It bogs down my computer when it is syncing and it is miserably slow for anything over ~20MB. For example, backing up my iPhoto library (~1.3GB) takes at least an entire day. I am curious to know how many people that have Mobileme regularly use their iDisk for backup and keep it in sync.
  2. RKO macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2008
    I did for the first few months and I found the same problem with bogging the system down so I stopped using it. I don't miss it anyways.
  3. paulsalter macrumors 68000


    Aug 10, 2008
    I used to use it to backup my documents

    Because of the speed I don't bother anymore
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I need the option:

    No, I have an external disk.
  5. yuanmoons macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    I use it with ForkLift app. Via the finder i dont trust it. Forklift has a sync folder function - try the demo.

    iDisk is great, esp. to be able to use it as a place to backup and store a sort of archive - bit like the loft space in a house ie. a place you dump stuff that you dont need to hand / thats taking up space but also are not ready to trash. :)

    I dont keep a sync copy on my harddrive.
  6. southerndoc macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    I use it to store any letters, financial statements, etc. because I can access it from my desktop or laptop computer.
  7. JuanGuapo macrumors 6502a


    May 21, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    iDisk is okay but not great; it's slow and syncing is not 100% reliable. I went back to a flash drive and just stuck w/ that.

    I doubt I'll renew the subscription, it's been a bomb since iPhone 3G came out.
  8. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000


    Oct 15, 2007
    I've got 5GB of space on Dropbox, and it integrates with Finder much better than iDisk.
  9. sananda macrumors 68020

    May 24, 2007
    I use it but I upload with Cyberduck; it's just too slow with Finder.
  10. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I use it. Just to upload my papers on it because I take notes on a netbook when I do take notes in class.
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    iDisk worked for a while, then I decided to just dump all my stuff on my web server. Much cheaper… of course I do have MobileMe, but I'm spending $100 more for just 40GB more in space.
  12. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I find iDisk to be fine for light file management. I like it for word docs, spreadsheets, etc. This way I can view them on any PC or my iPHone with Quick Office which I find as its best feature.

    Being a photographer I have found online backup systems to be too slow to upload to in general. I would not back up my images which average 25 meg each to anything but a NAS, USB or Firewire drive. Not uncommon for me to leave a shoot with 12 plus gig in images.
  13. highertechnology macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2009
    Between my 1TB external, dropbox and airsharing I find it difficult to put anything in iDisk.
  14. arnop macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2007
    Paris, France
    Honestly, I never do ! Whenever I have a big file I need to copy, I use yousendit or a simple USB Flash memory
  15. jamesdmc macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2007
    To me, Dropbox is what iDisk should have been. At first I was using it (iDisk) sparingly for the occasional word doc or spreadsheet and using Dropbox for the heavy lifting. After a while, I just abandoned iDisk altogether. It's too slow and unreliable. With three macs, I like MobileMe as a whole, I just don't use the iDisk.

    By the way, does the iDisk support symlinks? The last time I added a symlink to it, I kept getting an error with each synchronization.

  16. jamin100 macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2008
    Dropbox is a massive improvement over idisk. That and my own domain with a google apps account has made me leave my mobileme subscription for good.
  17. kemo macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2008
    Today I checked DropBox - and it is really great, also with google apps acc it is better than iDisk..
  18. e.m. macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2005
    San Francisco
    I too have started using Dropbox over iDisk as of two weekes ago.

    I upgraded my service to 50GB last night, and currently uploading my iTunes and iPhoto libraries so all my Macs can have one unified library. And I'll be able to sync my iPhone from all my Macs as well. Awesome. :D
  19. JuanGuapo macrumors 6502a


    May 21, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Mail - Yes, followed by Yahoo, and Gmail to a lesser extent.
    iDisk - Yes, daily.
    Calendar Sync - Yes.
    Contacts Sync - Yes.
    iPhone finder- Not yet (knock on wood)

    My wife and I both use iDisk w/ sync. She's a teacher and needs access to her files when her computer is off or otherwise not available, so it works out really well for her. For me it works well and it has been MUCH better than it was this time last year--it was a total fail after the iPhone 3G was released, but apparently SJ fixed most of it. Other than hiccups sending e-mail (SMTP) at times, it seems to work pretty well for the most part.

    As far as iDisk, I use it a lot for document sharing between my iMac and MBP, "sharing" (class projects), and it's already around 2GB and growing.

    The only reason I haven't really jumped ship to something like Zumodrive or Dropbox is b/c I'm rather distrusting of some of these up-and-comings, would rather take a chance on a more established company (ie. Apple, Microsoft, etc.) for reliability (and privacy).

    For instance, I used to use Skydrive ( when it was in beta (1GB) and now it's somewhere around 5GB free, but your uploads can only be 50MB max. Kinda sucks. I'm probably one of a small percentage of Mac people who used Skydrive but find iDisk a lot better. I tested Zumodrive on our iMac and it was not reliable at all; I was thinking of trying Dropbox but I'm happy w/ what I've got, and it's already 10GB (split w/ my Mail).

    Truth be told MM is not a bad deal if you are using many of the functions (ie. iDisk, Mail, Sync, iPhone, etc.). I have a Yahoo account that is still my #2 (ebay, paypal, forums, craigslist, etc.) but use the MM account as my #1 for e-mail (ie. family, friends, colleagues, etc.). Were it not for aliasing, I would probably have gone to Gmail or something similar.
  20. robanga macrumors 68000


    Aug 25, 2007
    Its not my main backup either, but I do use it for key files that I need access to from all computers.

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