Need may arise when you’d like to directly transfer files from Server A to Server B, instead of downloading them onto your computer’s hard drive from Server A first and then uploading them to Server B from your computer. The main advantage of server to server file transfer is that the process gets completed in a matter of a few seconds/minutes and the files are ready to be shared with your friends, colleagues etc. The process also don’t consume any bandwidth of your network – Very useful if your network has a bandwidth cap imposed by your ISP.
ADrive offers a free service which allows you to transfer files from one server to another almost instantly. Some features of the free basic account of the service are as follows:
- 50 GB of free online cloud storage space, which allows you to backup and store huge amount of data in the cloud. You can also share, edit and access your stored data from anywhere using your computer and Android/iOS powered mobile device.
- Remote file transfer, which we are going to see in this post.
- Powerful search: Very useful if you have lots of files stored in your cloud account.
- International character support: The service fully supports international characters in file names so that you don’t have to worry if your file names are not in English language!
How to Remotely Transfer files from One Server to Another?
Follow these steps in order to transfer a file from one server to another using its direct link (direct link is a hyperlink using which a file can be directly downloaded onto a computer’s hard drive):
1. Go to ADrive’s homepage and click on login button. On the next page enter your email address and password and click on login button. If you do not have an account with the service, then you can create one using this link.
2. Once you are successfully signed in, you can see the current status of your account like how many files and folders you currently have, how much storage space you are currently using, list of files and folders that you have made accessible to the public, link to your account’s settings page, type of package you’re currently using, next billing date etc.:
Click on File manager and you will be able to see the control panel of the service:
3. Within the interface, click on New folder hyperlink and enter the name of the folder as Backup. Now click on save button and the folder will get instantly created in your account.
4. Once the Backup folder has been successfully created, click on its name and the interface will take you inside that folder. Click on Upload hyperlink present at the top of the page and then click on REMOTE present in the drop-down menu:
5. The immediate next Page will ask you to enter a direct download link of a file hosted on some other server:
Keep in mind that if a file is behind a protected username and password, then click on Add Username/Password and enter the username and password accurately for the protected file – There is too no need to worry as the service don’t store any of this information.
6. Once you have entered all the above mentioned information correctly, click on retrieve button and the service will show you following message in your browser when the file transfer has been started:
Please be patient and wait for the status window to show ‘Download Complete’ before closing this window or browsing to another page. Closing this window will stop the download.
Once the transfer has been completed, you will be taken back to the Backup folder in your account and you will be able to see the transferred file, its size and last modified date.
Note: Try downloading this file (direct link) from Dropbox of Phattu (Cute White Rat) drinking water to test the remote transfer feature of the service yourself. Also if you want the service to save your file with a different file name, then enter your desired file name in ADrive Filename (optional) text box before starting the transfer process.
If you check the box in front of any file, you will be able to perform following actions for it:
- Preview the file (if supported) in a new tab.
- Download the file onto your computer’s hard drive.
- Download the file in compressed .zip format. The server will automatically compress the file.
- Share the file using a publicly accessible direct link. (Example)
- Move/Copy to some other folder.
- Rename and Delete the file.
- View file properties like its name, size, last modification date, upload date, view/calculate its MD5 hash value and current share status.
Paid Features of the Service
If you opt for paid plans of the service viz. Personal Premium OR Business, then you will be able to enjoy following premium features in your account:
- SCP: Secure Copy allows you to securely transfer files from a local host (your computer) to a remote host (ADrive’s server). SCP can also transfer files securely between two remote hosts (ADrive’s server and server of some other third-party service).
- SFTP: SSH File Transfer Protocol allows you to securely access, transfer and manage your files on ADrive’s server.
- rsync: rsync, a software and networking protocol, allows you to synchronize files and directories from one location to another. The protocol uses delta encoding to minimize data transfer and can also use as SSH to transfer files in an encrypted format.
- Collaboration: This feature of the service allows you to share your files and folders with your employees, colleagues etc. Once you add people to a particular directory, they will also be able to manage and share its content.
- Large file support: While writing this post, the service allows you to upload a file which is 16 GB in size.
- Set expiry date for shared files: The service allows you to unshare a file on a specific date by setting a expiration date for it. Keep in mind that unsharing a file don’t delete it from your account!
- Access your account using FTP: FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and using it you can access and manage your files and folders stored in your ADrive account like FileZilla, WinSCP etc.
- File recovery: Every Sunday the service takes a snapshot of all your files and then stores the snapshot for one week. This means that if you ever want to recover a file, then all you need to do is to view the previous version of a file using the snapshot tool and recover it almost instantly.
- WebDAV: Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning facilitates collaboration between lots of users in editing and managing files that are stored on the World Wide Web servers. WebDAV is an extension of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), which transforms the web into a readable and writable medium.
- Concurrent sessions: This feature allows you to have up to 10 signed in sessions at one time. Using it you can upload files from one web browsing session and manage files in another session.
- The file transfer time depends on the size of the file, speed of the network between 2 remote servers, server load etc. Be patient if you are going to transfer large files.
- If you are going to download a large file (in GBs) from ADrive’s server to your computer, then try to use a download manager like IDM, DAP etc. that can resume broken downloads. The service supports full resume capability for broken downloads.
- Try downloading THIS FILE from ADrive’s server to test the download speed of the service on your network/computer.