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Take Control of
CrashPlan Backups

Joe Kissell

Making the most of CrashPlan’s many options can be daunting. Backup expert Joe Kissell teaches you how to devise a custom CrashPlan backup strategy, start backing up to multiple destinations, achieve optimal performance, manage CrashPlan PRO users, and access backed-up files with CrashPlan Mobile apps.

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You know not to put all your eggs in one basket, but are you backing up to only a single location? CrashPlan backs up your data silently in the background, storing it locally on a hard disk or another computer you own, offsite on a friend’s computer (for the consumer version), or in the cloud. But thanks to CrashPlan’s power, flexibility, and cross-platform interface, you may need additional explanation to get the most out of CrashPlan’s best features. This ebook—created in collaboration with CrashPlan maker Code 42 Software—has all the behind-the-scenes details and real-world advice you need.

Backup expert Joe Kissell helps you devise an effective backup strategy for CrashPlan’s unique capabilities, shows you how to back up to multiple destinations and restore files, explains less-common tasks (such as switching to a new computer and seeding a hard drive locally before moving it to a friend’s house for offsite backup), and walks you through fine-tuning CrashPlan’s settings to meet your needs.

The free CrashPlan and the subscription-focused CrashPlan+ and CrashPlan PRO—are discussed, with relevant differences called out. (The book does not cover CrashPlan PROe, the enterprise version.)

For small businesses subscribing to CrashPlan PRO, Joe documents how to manage users and computers via the Web-based interface, and for anyone backing up to CrashPlan Central or CrashPlan PRO Cloud, he describes how to use the CrashPlan Mobile app (for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7) to access backed-up files. Lastly, Joe provides troubleshooting tips in case things go wrong, and offers advice for backup needs outside CrashPlan’s purview (like bootable duplicates).

Questions answered in the book include:

  • Can I get by with just the free CrashPlan or do I need CrashPlan+?
  • How does CrashPlan protect my data in transit and at the destination?
  • Does CrashPlan maintain multiple versions of files? Can I control how many?
  • How does CrashPlan work to reduce bandwidth use and storage space?
  • Can I back up to a local hard disk, to a friend, and to CrashPlan Central?
  • How do I back up different sets of files to different destinations?
  • How can I speed up my first Internet-based backup?
  • How can I tell what CrashPlan is doing, and what do all its messages mean?
  • What’s involved with restoring files, even older versions of files?
  • What do I do if I need to restore all my files over a slow Internet connection?
  • How can I avoid backup confusion when I switch to a new computer?
  • How do I seed a backup for offsite or CrashPlan Central use?
  • How can I pause or stop CrashPlan’s background processing?
  • In what ways can I tweak CrashPlan’s settings for optimal performance?
  • How can CrashPlan notify me if backups aren’t working for some reason?
  • What can I do with my backed-up files via the free CrashPlan Mobile app?
Joe Kissell

About Joe Kissell

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control books. He formerly wrote for publications such as Macworld, Wirecutter, and TidBITS. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife, his two children, and his cat.

What’s New in Version 1.1

Version 1.1 is a very minor update to correct a few small errors and bring the book up to date with the latest versions of CrashPlan (as of January 2014), OS X, and Windows. Specific changes include:

  • Notes in CrashPlan Components about running CrashPlan as a headless client and reinstalling the Java runtime when upgrading to a new version of Mac OS X
  • A tip in the Data Transfer Limits sidebar about using NetUse Traffic Monitor for Macs
  • Revised instructions in Set Your Destination and Start Backups for situations in which a given destination type is already present
  • Updated information in Network Settings about using a proxy server
  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • CrashPlan Quick Start
  • Understand CrashPlan Basics
  • Devise a CrashPlan Strategy
  • Set Up a CrashPlan Backup
  • Restore Data
  • Use Special CrashPlan Features
  • Customize CrashPlan Settings
  • Use CrashPlan PRO Online
  • Use CrashPlan on the Go
  • Solve CrashPlan Problems
  • Go Beyond CrashPlan
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  • About This Book