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May 08 2013

Crashplan Review With Central Backup

Crashplan is a paid service that offers an easy means of creating an off site backup of your computer(s). For a monthly fee you can purchase different levels of storage. They have one small plan and then two more unlimited plans that allow you to either back to one computer or a few depending on the plan. The plan being reviewed here is the Unlimited backup plan for one computer.

The Software

CrashPlan itself is a free to use program for maintaining and archiving backups for your computer. It is a very advanced backup solution allowing you to backup to locations such as an external hard drive, another hard drive within your computer, another computer, as well as a friends computer. It also offers the optional ability to use the paid backup solution from CrashPlan as a destination.

I was really amazed with the features in the program. It has many useful features that I use. One is the ability to scheduled backups to only occur during certain hours and days of the week. This is useful for me as I can have the backups automatically operate during the night, when Internet usage is low. Another cool feature is the ability to set how many versions of a file should remain backed up. You can adjust these frequencies based on days, months, and years. For example, you can have it retain a single monthly backup but still take daily backups that would be cleared out as new ones are created.

There are many other awesome features but those are just a couple of my favorites.

 

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The Service

CrashPlan Central is the service offered by CrashPlan themselves to allow you to create backups to the cloud. It is a reasonably prices backup solution. For about $50 a year you are able to backup an unlimited amount of data from one computer.

Another benefit to having a CrashPlan Central subscription is the ability to use their mobile apps. They have apps for Android, Windows Phone,  and iOS that allow you to access your files on the CrashPlan could at any time from your mobile device. This is most useful for retrieve files on the go. Think of it as an unlimited Dropbox plan, allowing you to access thousands of GB worth of files at any location and time. Very convenient.

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Pros & Cons

ProsCons
  • Simple to use
  • Ability to use the software without purchasing a backup central plan
  • Fair pricing if you do decide to purchase a cloud storage plan
  • Powerful software allowing very useful configuration
  • Most people don’t have great upload speeds, so uploading to the Internet can take a lot of time.
  • It would be cool to be able to browse though and download files via a web browser as you can through their mobile apps.