Pricing: Basic [no online storage] is Free, Unlimited is just $3.00 per month (for $6/month you can backup up to 10 computers)
CrashPlan takes an interesting approach with their backup software. You can download the software for free and use it to perform local backups on your computer and home network as well as back up data to a friend’s computer if they are also running CrashPlan (so it’s sort of off-site if a friend’s running it). They don’t offer any free introductory plans for online storage like most other online backup providers, but their rate for an unlimited personal account is on par with other providers. The software is very user friendly, and even if you’re not sure if you want to commit to paying for an online backup service, it’s worth a download just to automate your local backups. If your data goes kaput, you can restore it using the software or you can order a hard copy of your data.
Our take: CrashPlan is great for simple, online backup. There is no syncing or remote access, but if all you need is backup, it’s a great option.
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Computer backup long on benefits, short on roadblocks.
Triple Destination Protection™
Enjoy free backup to an external drive and any trusted, internet-connected computer. Or experience the full trifecta of fearlessness with a subscription to our cloud-based destination, CrashPlan Central. Only CrashPlan offers such comprehensive protection.
Whether you require gigabytes or terabytes of online backup, a subscription to the CrashPlan Central cloud will set you free from file type and size roadblocks. Plus, we’ll never charge you extra to restore your files. They’re yours, after all.
CrashPlan subscribers can surround their digital life with 448-bit encryption, including a private key option. This rare combination of security measures creates a virtually impenetrable “force field” around your data. What’s more, we’ve taken extra steps to ensure our data centers comply with military-grade security standards and conform to industry best practices for power redundancy, cooling and fire protection. Learn More
Your Files, Mobilized
Our free mobile app is another reason to give a CrashPlan subscription a go. Along with continuous protection of your complete digital life, you’ll enjoy ready access to all your computer files from virtually anywhere, at any time. Files at your fingertips and world at your feet—it’s go time.Learn More
Silent and Continuous
CrashPlan is your silent computer backup partner, protecting your precious files and folders in real-time. Designed to use minimal CPU power, you won’t even know it’s running. If your backup is interrupted, or you put your computer to sleep, CrashPlan automatically resumes when your computer becomes available again. And when you subscribe to CrashPlan Central, you can set your online backups to run as frequently as every minute. Learn More
External Drive Backup
Have more files to back up than a single hard drive can hold? Most of us do. No problem. CrashPlan computer backup has all your external hard drives covered. You can even remove and later reattach external hard drives without restarting the backup—no matter how long they’ve been disconnected. We’ll keep your files safe and secure until you say otherwise. No limits. No hassles. No kidding.Learn More
We believe you have the right to back up all of your data. That said, not all files require the same level of backup protection. CrashPlan’s exclusive ability to create backup sets frees you to handpick and prioritize what files go where, and how often. What’s not to love about that? Learn More
Generous Retention and Versioning
In real life, there’s no living in the past. But you call the shots when it comes to your digital life. With CrashPlan, it’s easy to go back in time to a precise version of a file or folder. What’s more, there’s no limit to how many versions you can back up to CrashPlan Central. Learn More
A subscription to the CrashPlan Central cloud is an easy and affordable way to prevent your digital legacy from becoming history. And our simple online application, including email and Twitter alerts, lets you keep an eye on everyone’s backup status—from grandma to high school graduate. Learn More
Deleted File Protection
The CrashPlan Central cloud is a regret-free zone. We keep your deleted files forever (unless you tell us not to), so no matter how much time passes after you trash a file, you can dig it out. And while this means a larger investment of resources on our part, if it helps reduce anxiety over accidentally trashing your data, it’s well worth it. Learn More
Have lots and lots of data (over 300 GB) to backup? If you’re in a hurry to back those files up, our seeded backup service is for you. We’ll ship you a seed drive with instructions for backing up your files locally. Simply return the fully-loaded seed drive and we’ll jump start your backup for you. Learn More
Restore-to-Door Priority Recovery
The quickest way to recover your files (and emotional footing) after an epic data loss. With this optional service you will receive a hard drive loaded with your data, so you can restore files locally in just a few hours. Learn More
The file you’re working on right now is the one most in need of backup, so CrashPlan backs up your most recent files first, then makes sure you have a full backup at one destination as soon as possible. Even while you’re working, CrashPlan is silently crunching numbers in the background, de-duplicating data between all your files to keep your backups as small and efficient as possible.Learn More
Which CrashPlan is right for you?
Flexible data protection
CrashPlan+ gives you all the protection of CrashPlan, plus the added benefit of secure cloud storage to CrashPlan Central for your personal files and features like continuous, minute-by-minute backup.
Multiple backup sets let you back up different groups of files to different destinations with different settings, so you can back up personal files to the cloud and non-personal files everywhere else. In addition, CrashPlan+ features expanded controls for managing your backups and your files are secured with even stronger 448-bit encryption.
CrashPlan Central is the cloud backup destination for CrashPlan+, providing online storage for your personal files in our secure data centers located around the world. It is instantly available as a backup destination after you install, and is available 24/7 for backing up and restoring files. Make cloud backup for your personal files an integral part of your multiple destination backup strategy with CrashPlan+.
With multiple backup sets, you can specify which files go to which locations and with what settings. Mix and match destinations with different backup settings to accommodate even the most complex backup scenarios.
CrashPlan is constantly watching for changes to your files and flags changes for backup. Flagged changes can be set to back up as frequently as once a minute, continuously protecting your files without slowing you down.
Secure Online Storage
CrashPlan+ lets you back up personal files to CrashPlan Central for the ultimate in data protection. Rest easy knowing your important personal files are safely secured in our data centers.
|# of computers||up to 10||up to 200||100 – 100,000+|
|Licensed for||Personal data||Business use||Business use|
|Mac, Windows, Linux, Solaris|
|Online mgmt. (End User)|
|Online mgmt. (Administrator)|
|Manage other users|
|Individual login accounts|
|Create master / secondary server|
|LDAP / Active Directory support|
|Automatic & unattended|
|Back up to external HDD|
|Back up to other computers|
|Incremental & differential|
|Multiple backup sets|
|Select individual files|
|No bandwidth caps|
|No file size limits|
|File versions retained||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Keep deleted files||Forever (default)||Forever (default)||Forever (default)|
|Restore from the Web|
|Restore from mobile device|
|Restore individual files|
|Receive files on external HDD|
|File Encryption (Blowfish)||448-bit||448-bit||448-bit|
|Encrypted before transmitting|
|Transmission encryption||128-bit Blowfish||128-bit AES||128-bit Blowfish|
|Archive tampering detection|
|Private password for restore|
|User-generated private key|
|International data centers|
Support / Services
|Free upgrades for 1 year|
|PRO Services add-ons|
|LDAP / Active Directory integration|
|Push / Silent installation|