The ArDrive Difference

In 2022, there's no lack of ways to store your digital photos, documents, and business data. It seems like we almost have an unlimited choice. So why do we need another application to help us solve this problem?

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The current digital storage options

When we survey the current landscape most people use a combination of cloud applications, social media sites, and personal hard drives to store their digital files.

  • Cloud applications like Dropbox and Google Drive have developed a great user experience, but they are still prone to data loss, security breaches, and have subscription payments
  • Social Media Sites have become a defacto personal archive for most users, but data loss, lack of ownership of data, and termination of accounts are common place
  • Personal Hard Drives are often inconvenient and are becoming obsolete - not to mention the horror stories and expense of trying to recover faulty hard drives!

And, the most common problem they all share is that they are temporary. None of them offers a long-term storage solution.

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ArDrive is Permanent

ArDrive is built upon the Arweave blockchain, which provides game changing technology that enables any type of digital data to be stored for at least 200 years but probably much longer.

No longer do you need to worry about the complex and multifaceted approach to storing your most valuable data. No longer do you need a combination of cloud storage, hard drives, memory sticks, and third-party solutions.

With ArDrive, all of your files become part of the Arweave blockchain where they will never be deleted. And you have the choice to keep those files private forever or share them publicly. Once your most important files are uploaded through ArDrive they will outlive you, your children, and your great-grandchildren.  Learn more

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ArDrive is Pay Once

We're all far too familiar with paying monthly subscriptions. With data storage, this usually equates to paying for a bunch of storage space you actually do not actually need.

ArDrive does away with subscriptions. Any file that you upload is only paid for once, then stored forever.

Your data will be secured by your initial payment and you will never be asked to pay another penny more for what you uploaded (or want to download in the future). You will only ever be asked to pay a one-time fee when you upload new data through ArDrive.

The fees are reasonable to begin with and will always come out as the low-cost option within a few years compared to other storage alternatives. See a breakdown of our pricing

ArDrive is Censorship Resistant

When you put your files onto ArDrive you are the one who controls the data. Each time you upload a file you can either make it private or public.  If you make it private only you will see the data. No one else can access or see your files - not even us! We let you share your files your way.  

If you make the file public, the entire world can see it. Nobody will be able to take the file down as it takes a permanent place in the Arweave blockchain.

This is digital data as it should be, where it puts owners in charge of their own information without being subject to the tech company. Learn more

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ArDrive is Community Run

ArDrive is not business as usual. We have a growing team right now, but are pushing to be community owned and run. This is all governed by our very own token: ArDrive Token (ↁ).  The token gives the holder the right to vote on important community initiatives and to receive ‘tips’ from the fees generated by uploads onto ArDrive.

What we want is the users and the developers of the application to be aligned so we can create something great for the world, and all get to benefit from its success.

Take the tour of ArDrive

We have so much more to show you. Visit our Learning Center or take our Tech 101 course to learn more about the topics described above. Or here are a few places to start: 

As well, you will learn that ArDrive has many great features:

Finally, check out how some of our ArDrive community is already using ArDrive to keep their most important files saved forever:


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