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CrashPlan

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Instead of mucking around with removable media, Crashplan offers up a distinct alternative. Banking on ubiquitous high-speed Internet access and more than one computer per household, this service allows you to back up your entire computer to as many discreet locations as you can manage. This includes Crashplan's servers, a second PC of yours, or even your friend's computer.

Designed for PCs and Macs, Crashplan's backups are encrypted before they're sent out. The backup process runs effortlessly in the background over a high-speed network, but we wouldn't recommend it to anyone still on a dial-up modem. The simple and intuitive interface makes preference changes easy, whether you're adding or dropping files from the backup process or choosing a new backup location.

The benefit of off-site safety and security could potentially save you thousands of dollars, as anyone who has had to salvage a fire-damaged hard drive knows. Crashplan charges 10 cents per gigabyte per month to use their servers, but the company discourages this option. Given the ever-dropping cost of memory and storage drives, Crashplan may not be the wave of the future, but it's nice to have a choice for backing up essential files other than shelling out for yet another hard drive.

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    3.0 stars

    out of 54 votes

    • 5 star: 21
    • 4 star: 5
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    • 2 star: 9
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Superb product... little left to be desired."

    February 1, 2011  |   By enzeno

    Version: CrashPlan 3.8.2010

    Pros

    Backup sets! Multiple backup destinations, Computer "adoption" - allows for a new / rebuilt computer to assume backup for an old computer.Crashplan + is part of the crashplan central subscription. Highly configurable (network, bandwidth, timing, etc)

    Cons

    Really none... maybe the GUI could be faster, but its definitely acceptable... And maybe the fear that they will not stay as cool as they are at the moment... ;)

    Summary

    Backups are useless if they cannot be restored, and crashplan has proven its restore capability many times. Simply set it and forget it, until of course you need your data. Receive consolidated reports of all computers being backed up, and you are notified via Twitter or Email if there are issues. Remote admin is even possible. Can't say enough good things. Highly recommend. Pricing for Crashplan central is very reasonable, especially if you buy years at a time.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Just Dont go near it"

    December 19, 2010  |   By ourmaninaustralia

    Version: CrashPlan 3.8.2010

    Pros

    It used to be good and now I want my money back

    Cons

    I am a fully paid up customer of Crashplan. Since the forced upgrade to CrashPlan 3 the application shows nothing but errors

    Summary

    Do not pay for the pain of CrashPlan Version 3 has been written by incompetents and definately hasnt been tested. It puts all your data at risk. I really wish I had never paid for crashplan but now Im stuck and I have no idea what data I have left.

    I uploaded 160GB of Data and now according to crashplan 3 I only have 93.7 GB up there. What did it delete....I dont know, Will it restore...I doubt it. What do I need to reupload...I dont know. How much will this error cost me in data charges? More than I care to think about

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is Awesome. best online backup Love it."

    December 7, 2010  |   By dudemanla

    Version: CrashPlan 3.8.2010

    Pros

    Just go to the website and read about it. You can try it free for 30 days I think so why not. This is the new version that just came out 3.0.

    Cons

    Not that I can think of

    Summary

    Get it, you'll be glad you did.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "software with 30 days free, then we must buy it"

    October 29, 2010  |   By capitanflorius

    Version: CrashPlan 3.8.2010

    Pros

    Program work well BUT NOT FREE

    Cons

    NOT FREE FOR EVER

    Summary

    NOT FREE

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Working well so far - no glitches"

    October 21, 2010  |   By McDirk

    Version: CrashPlan 3.8.2010

    Pros

    Simple to install and run
    Extra features like backup to friend's PC
    Flawless execution

    Cons

    UI isn't very sexy
    ..that's the only CON I can think of.

    Summary

    I tried two other similar products that offer real-time backup. I experienced some issues with both. This backup is initiated nightly (or the time of your choice) which works fine for me. I've been running the free trial for a few days now, doing my initial backup, and I haven't seen a hiccup. I'm impressed enough to stop and write a review. I just canceled my new account on a competing product and I'll be subscribing to this service after I've done a little more testing. My suggestion is to try them out. There may be nothing wrong with the other products I've tried, but they didn't run well on my PC. This one does.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The easiest backup software ever!"

    October 4, 2010  |   By mjmart61

    Version: CrashPlan 3.8.2010

    Pros

    It is so easy to use. You can create one job to backup just weekdays and it so easy to edit the files, the location, anything you want to for that job. I'm so impressed how user friendly it is.

    Cons

    The interface is a little blah but that is only cosmetics. The program is wonderful.

    Summary

    I have used other backup programs and this is the only one I have found that is easy to set up backup jobs and edit them. I had to copy files to my laptop from my desktop, because the harddrive was about to crash. The backups I had been creating on my desktop through Nero were not complete. Luckily, I was able to salvage the rest of the files. With CrashPlan backup, it is so easy to select the files, set the location, set the schedule, etc. With Nero I had to have 5 different backup jobs for each day of the week and if I wanted to change the files, I had to delete those jobs and create new ones. With CrashPlan, editing the backup job is so easy, just click the edit link and make the changes you want. And, since I only have to have one backup job, it was very easy to do. I will recommend this program to every one!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Zero Support"

    August 26, 2010  |   By atf1

    Version: CrashPlan 3.8.2010

    Pros

    Easy to set up yourself and lower cost than most competitors.

    Cons

    Too many connection issues- sometimes 3-4 days at a time when uploading. This connection problem has lasted 5 days, but I lost a hard drive & NOW I NEED THE BACKUP! Paid a yr up front, but there is no support available- just instructions on the site.

    Summary

    Seemed like a great deal and most reviews were positive- when things go sideways and you need support, you realize how good/bad a product is. I'm a paying customer, and waiting a week (and counting) to get my data back has had a huge impact on this part of my business.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Hotter than two rats humping in a wool sock!"

    July 16, 2010  |   By GregariousJB

    Version: CrashPlan 3.8.2010

    Pros

    Quick setup
    Video tutorials
    FREE if you plan to back up an ENTIRE HD (a 1TB drive) anywhere but online - friend's computer, external, or another internal
    Encrypted
    Compressed (my 783 GB was backed up to 602 GB)
    Extremely simple to use

    Cons

    The only thing I wouldn't recommend this for is to share a small amount of data (2GB or less) across multiple computers. Programs like Dropbox do this better (assuming you want something free).

    Summary

    I've used Dropbox, Sugarsync, Acronis, Norton Ghost, Cobian, Carbonite, Mozy, and many others. Each worked decently well in their own way, but I still felt like I was missing something - user friendliness, features, simplicity, or my wallet being heavier.

    If you have one of two home computers (or sometimes-home computers like a laptop) with no desire to back up online (which always made me ask, 'Where exactly is my data and who has access to it?'), Crash Plan is completely free. The free version is supported by ads, but they never pop up in your face and are neatly tucked in the corner below the menu. Even the ad placement makes sense. However, I noticed that even if I DID want to backup online, it costs less than it does with Mozy or Carbonite.

    I'm running 4 hard drives, a 500GB for the OS and apps, an 80 GB for a Windows image, and 2 1TB drives, one of which has all of my games, pictures, movies, and documents. I've had that data for decades, so If I ever lost it I would be devastated! I've been diligently searching for the perfect backup solution that is easy to use, easy to maintain, easy to restore, and doesn't cost a penny. Needless to say, I am no longer searching.

    Crash plans needs to be on EVERY "Best of the best" list on the internet for backup software. Now.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy, reliable, user-friendly backup solution."

    July 13, 2010  |   By tcdesignco

    Version: CrashPlan 3.8.2010

    Pros

    Set it and forget it. Not only is CrashPlan easy to set up, but it has the added ability to customize just about anything ? unlike Mozy and Carbonite. CrashPlan does it right by allowing you to backup to more than one location, not "just online".

    Cons

    If I had to find a con, it would be the lack of a plan for small businesses. There is a personal/home office plan and an enterprise solution (CrashPlan PRO). PRO is more than I need as a single photographer.

    Summary

    I've downloaded and installed what I consider to be the leaders in online backup ? Mozy, Carbonite and CrashPlan. CrashPlan has the most user-friendly interface in my opinion. Everything is contained within the application (i.e. settings, preferences, directory...everything). Mozy and Carbonite split their applications up into your System Prefernces, their application, a menu bar and an online interface. I mean, how many places do I need to go to configure my backup settings? The biggest thing CrashPlan has going for it is the multiple destination concept of backup. With Mozy and Carbonite, you are only backing up online to their servers. Backing up to one location is not really backup. You had better be using something else if you're using one of those services, because if they go down for whatever reason you can kiss all your data goodbye, and what's the point in that? CrashPlan gives you the option of backing up to their servers as well, but additionally let's you back up the same data to an external hard drive, internal drive, a computer outside your home, a friend's computer, another computer you own, an office computer...anywhere. And most important of all, it's all free. The only thing you pay for is if you want to use their servers. Not only that, but their online backup prices are significantly cheaper than Mozy or Carbonite if you have more than one computer to back up. Those other two charge you the same price for EVERY computer you back up - CrashPlan gives you unlimited backup for ALL your computers for the same price Mozy and Carbonite charge to back up one computer.

    And the restore process is just as easy as the backup process - they offer unlimited file versioning, so you can go back in time as far as you need to, just like Time Machine. Something very important to note here is that Carbonite clearly states in their Terms of Service that if you delete a file and fail to restore it within 30 days, it's gone forever, deleted from their servers. That's insane! That's not backup! If I delete a photo and then a couple of months later my sister says. "Hey, remember that horrible photo of me from that wedding...Can I get that from you?" Well, no - you can't, because you didn't restore it from Carbonite's server within 30 days. Not so with CrashPlan - you can go back years if need be.

    CrashPlan also has fantastic compression and data de-duplication, the same technology that they use in their enterprise-grade software, which also allows it to have very minimal impact on your processor performance. Mozy on the other hand is a CPU hog. And let's not get into all the problems that Mozy and Carbonite have had actually restoring people's files - just do a google search and read the horror stories.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "CRASHPLAN saved my data TWICE - I owe them everything!"

    July 9, 2010  |   By dmydyd

    Version: CrashPlan 3.8.2010

    Pros

    My files have been continually backed up silently and accurately 24/7 for almost four years. I retrieved critical information TWICE - both times all my data was lost and I was able to get back EVERY SINGLE FILE, nothing was corrupt.

    Cons

    My back up has been 100% reliable and CrashPlan has literally saved my ass on more than one occasion....makes me wonder about another commenter...ulterior motives?

    Summary

    Crashplan is the easiest to use, most reliable backup I have found yet. The price, FREE, has been priceless in the two times I've needed it most - when I have lost my data. Try it.. You will NOT regret it.

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