CNET Editors' review
Finding outside storage to back up computer files is critical in the event of a technical problem. CrashPlan for Mac is a well-designed program and cloud service that performs its function as a data storage application.
CrashPlan for Mac is available as a free application, but the cloud backup service is free for 30 days. After that time, users must sign up for a subscription service based on the amount of storage needed and the number of computers they'd like to run the app on. The program's native installer quickly set up the program. The program's main menu is easy to use, despite the lack of user instructions. Simple buttons identify options for syncing the computer to the cloud storage and other related options. The sync, itself, began quickly, although it took a long time to complete initially, since it required reading and backing up the entire system. The application then monitors the computer for changes and only syncs that new information, reducing upload time. If the user needs to retrieve data from the cloud after a problem occurs, the options to do this are similarly easy to operate.
For those users who do not want to use an external drive, CrashPlan for Mac offers a complete computer data backup that is simple to use and works well.
From Code 42 Software:
Only CrashPlan offers local and online backup that's automatic, secure and cross-platform. Whether you need to back up one laptop at home or up to 10 for the family, CrashPlan delivers multi-destination protection that maximizes convenience, flexibility and rapid restores. It's free to back up locally and to friends and family, and it's just a few dollars a month for unlimited online backup with a CrashPlan Central subscription. Unlimited online backup.
There is also a mobile app for users with a CrashPlan+ account. Mobile users can securely access data backed up to CrashPlan Central onto iOS, Andriod and Windows Phone devices.
What's new in this version:
- Improved Getting Started email for new users
- Mac: Info.plist files no longer excluded from backup
- Mac: Corrected issue where some types of metadata were not being restored properly when restoring from the CrashPlan desktop
- General performance improvements
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All versions:3.5 stars
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Version: CrashPlan 3.5.3
Bar none, if you just download the free "trial" and install the software you can get the best home backup system available. Install it on your PC, your Mac, your Linux box add a 3TB drive to one of those boxes, configure the software to backup all 3 machines to the one with the big HD, and voila you're done, at no cost. It has very advanced features including dedupe, compression, and encryption on the target disk. It is very similar to high end software such as Avamar, in that it puts a lot of workload on the front-end (your PC) for the initial backup, which can take hours or days even locally.
However what it will give you is a very small backups, continuous protection, using backup sets you can have many many revisions saved as you save them, or say for video work adjust it to every few hours, or some combo of these.
After the long initial backup is complete you'll have very versatile and efficient continuous protection, for free.
Honestly you have to be an engineer (and maybe even a backup engineer) to understand all the advanced features this software provides, it is impressive. The GUI does a good job of presenting this in a simple enough manner however it could have a button to solve each of the complaints I see. A button that says backup as quick as possible, to disable compression, encryption, and make it use 100% CPU, may give people the "quick and dirty" feel that consumers seem to want to have, but not the efficiencies the software delivers. On the recovery side I find the interface a little oversimplified, an option to show file details would be nice, and a content search of the files (no matter how slow) would be very helpful for those of us supporting our users.
If you're a tech and have mom, dad, brother, friends, school teachers, non-tech co-workers bugging you for the answer to backups CrashPlan is literally the answer for every situation. CrashPlan central will let your friends with light workload pay to have their data backed up at a vault, while your heavy Mac Videographer friend will get all their various network and local drives backed up to any arrangement of disks, local PC's, or what not, with advanced backup sets used to make advanced retention and storage decisions. It's a win. I have not come across a more full featured backup software outside of enterprise programs (certainly not one that is openly free for my usage), and I'd offer that outside of EMC Avamar, CrashPlan doesn't have a rival for disk2disk features.