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CrashPlan for Mac

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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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5 stars

"Works great, great service. I LOVE it!"

March 04, 2012  |  By 1sdman

 |  Version: CrashPlan 3.0.3


NO THROTTLING like some other programs,
Backup speed settings are per your settings
Can backup your system to a drive or another computer.
Resident program is imperceptible
Service is relatively inexpensive
No hiccups, no crashes since install, 3 months now.
Tech Support has been very responsive, even for simple questions.


none! seriously, and it has more features than I expected.
no complaints


Can backup online (main purpose) with NO THROTTLING like some other programs (shame on you Carbonite), all backup speed settings are per your settings (pre-set and easy to change). I had Carbonite before, and since they throttle, after a year I was still not fully backed up when my PC was stolen, so I lost files. I got a refund and got CrashPlan instead, and so HAPPY since then! I really appreciate CrashPlan, works very well.

I can also backup to a drive or another computer with CrashPlan if desired. So you could set up a drive at another location and backup to it as well as the CrsahPlan home site. This is nice if you have some sensitive info (or extremely high volumes) but want to ensure it's backed up offsite.

It has some other features as well, but most will use the online backup. Their resident program is imperceptible and backing up all the time, it kicks into high speed when you are idle on the pc/mac for 5 minutes.

I got the single license to start, but just upgraded to 2-10 pc licensing. We will have 2 Macs and 5 pc's being backed up using the Unlimited Family Plan. The Family plan is the cost of a 2-pc license, but can be used on up to 10 pc's with unlimited data. All our pc's/macs have close to 1TB each so this is a great price, definitely cheaper than buying 2 hard drives for off-site rotation for each computer!

In short, a near perfect online, off-site, simple to use, reasonably priced system. GET IT! I love it!

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5 stars

"Worth the effort to set it up correctly...."

January 29, 2012  |  By DigitalMT

 |  Version: CrashPlan 3.0.3


- Backing up to the companies servers provide great offsite protection and the ability to retrieve data from mobile clients.
- Offsite backups encrypted prior to transmission.
- Local backup option to get the initial backup performed.
- Great solution for family members who would not backup at all....set this up and it just happens for them!
- File versioning and more!


- Without using this tool to perform a local backup, this might seem slow...but the whole point to backup your system without seeing a degradation in performance and NOT to blast your connection with a fast backup.


Please don't think of this as equal to backing up locally...it is MUCH more than that.
It brings the home user in the enterprise backup world with the ability to keep important data offsite.
Think about it....wouldn't you rather know that your data is safely offsite if something bad happened to your computer...or God forbid...you house!
This solution is definitely going on my 'recommend to family' list....much easier than trying to provide 'tech support' and teach them how to properly back up their systems.
AND..with the ability to use a client on IOS devices, I can access a current file from my backup from ANYWHERE, like Dropbox without the storage limitations!

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1 stars

"Product does not work, customer service is poor."

August 22, 2011  |  By laneyhess

 |  Version: CrashPlan 3.0.3


Great--if only it worked as it claims to.


S u p e r s l o w . . . 38 GB in 11 days!


I started my free trial 11 days ago with 150 GB to upload. I have set all settings according to the company's recommendations & left my computer running 24/7. Yet in these 11 days it has only uploaded 38 GB & tells me it has 21.4 days to go.

This is the reply I got from tech support:

Unfortunately there is no way for us to be able to predict what your speeds to our servers will be. There are too many variables for us to be able to give any sort of "normal" amount of time to back up data. But from looking at your account it does appear that you have modified the settings to optimize the upload speed and you have been constantly uploading at this time. Since you have modified those settings, there is nothing else that we can do from our end to increase your speeds.
Have a great day,

He then marked my request as "solved".

I have a strong feeling that only the people that work there are writing the highly rated reviews seen here and putting "thumbs down" on the low rated ones. After all, how would it not be helpful to hear about other people's issues when you are considering a purchase?

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0.3
  • Faster Data De-duplication - In this release we have increased the speed of CrashPlan's data de-duplication. Backups to CrashPlan Central and other destinations should be noticeably faster.
  • Compression / Data De-duplication for CrashPlan Central - Backups to CrashPlan Central always use full data de-duplication and compression. You can, however, change these settings for backing up to other computers and external hard drives.
  • More control over payment information - If you have entered payment information under My Account, you can now delete the information you've provided. If you choose to delete your payment information, your auto-renew setting changes to manual.
  • New Admin excludes and exclusion patterns - New Admin excludes are:
    • *\.rbf
    • :/Config\\.Msi.*
    • */Adobe/.*/InstallPath.*
    • .*/Windows/Installer.*
    • .*/Google/Chrome/.*cache.*
    • .*/Mozilla/Firefox/.*cache.*
Publisher Code 42 Software
Publisher web site http://www.crashplan.com/
Release Date March 18, 2011
Date Added July 07, 2011
Version 3.0.3
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 64.25MB
File Name CrashPlan_4.4.0_Mac.dmg
Total Downloads 8,584
Downloads Last Week 9
License Model Free
Limitations The free version allows backup to local drives, other computers on your network, or friend's computers (with their permission). The full version (CrashPlan+) adds Backup Sets and online backup to CrashPlan Central.
Price Free

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