CrashPlan
CrashPlan
4.8.4

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CrashPlan4.8.4

30 January 2018

Online backup service; free for personal use.

Overview

CrashPlan offers local and online backup that's automatic, secure, and cross-platform. Even if you need to back up as many as 10 computers at home, CrashPlan delivers multi-destination protection that maximizes convenience, flexibility, and rapid restores. It's free to back up locally and to friends and family, and it's just a few dollars a month for unlimited online personal backup with a CrashPlan subscription.

CrashPlan runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Note: CrashPlan is available in both free and paid versions. Individual, Family, and Business subscriptions are available, and their pricing schedules can be found here.

What's new in CrashPlan

Version 4.8.4:
  • Corrects an issue in which text was missing from the bottom of the Restore screen on Mac devices using macOS High Sierra 10.13. This fix introduces minor changes to the restore interface for all devices.
  • Corrects an issue on Mac devices using macOS High Sierra 10.13 in which the CrashPlan menu bar app closed unexpectedly under certain circumstances.
  • Corrects an issue on Mac devices using macOS High Sierra 10.13 in which some text was missing from the status messages at the top of the CrashPlan app.

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79 Reviews of CrashPlan

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Orytek
06 November 2009
Version: 11.05.2009

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It may be free for personal use but that just means you can use the software to back up to local drives or a friends remote drive. If you expect to be able to use Crashplan's offsite server's, forget it. That is only for paying customers. Media is cheap and I am not willing to rent disk space in minnesota. I'll stick with Time Machine, SuperDuper, and the free 12 gigs of offsite space offered by iDrive. If I'm wrong I will humbly change my opinion and review but if right, I sure feel like there's some deceptive implications offering free personal use with only the need to tolerate advertisements.
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1.5
Tomq
20 May 2019
Version: 4.8.4
I have used CrashPlan for many years. It has had a lot of annoying problems, but the latest notification that backing up my system files will soon no longer be allowed is the final straw. Fortunately there are several other good alternatives, including BackBlaze that I like a whole lot better. I have stopped my CrashPlan service.
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0.5
RunTime
02 May 2018
Version: 4.8.4
'Beginning on August 31, 2018, CrashPlan for Small Business will no longer provide support for the CrashPlan application on either OS X Mavericks 10.9 or OS X Yosemite 10.10.' Goodbye. Closing all accounts. Bad indications of never uppdating homepage (regarding Home ver.) and dysfunctional user site (just try to get info on charges!). Will try out old good Retrospect on our CoLoc. (Also, its NOT Free).
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Mikeymike
26 February 2018
Version: 4.8.4
Since the forced change from Home to Small Business plan and the new (unannounced) app interface revamp a few weeks back, the app and the service sucks. I have been stuck on cache maintenance for NINE days. I've had multiple chats with their tech support reps. Oh, NOW, I know what the problem is, and it's mine, of course. They never inform you about it up front: you're not supposed to back up your whole drive (i.e., root folder), you're only supposed to back up your user folder. I've used CrashPlan for years to back up whole drives, and this was never a problem until this latest upgrade. I think they're trying to kill off all the small user base and cater only to the Business level clients. I bet CrashPlan doesn't tell THEM what files they can and can't back up. Bottom line is my internal drive hasn't been backed up in 9 days. Backing up my hard drive and externals is why I use a backup service. Unfortunately for CrashPlan (as if) and fortunately for me, I'm looking into going back to something like Retrospect and a cold storage/cloud storage service, even though this will be spendier. I don't care, as CrashPlan doesn't meet my needs any more. I didn't change anything; THEY did. Caveat emptor! #endrant
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jehpo
30 January 2018
Version: 4.8.4
The version on my computer is 4.9.0 !!!
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0.5
Gilby101mu
23 August 2017
Version: 4.8.3
Crashplan for Home is officially dead. https://www.crashplan.com/en-us/consumer/nextsteps/
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3.5
Septimus
04 February 2017
Version: 4.7.0
Just tried Crashplan. It backs up at around 24 Mbps on my 200/200 Mbit/s connection, so pretty fast. While doing that it uses 12-13% CPU (Mac Pro 2009 @ 2,93Ghz Quad). To me that doesn't seem that bad at all. Also comes with a handy uninstaller... So I do not quite get all the negative reviews.
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0.5
Ofir-Gal
26 January 2017
Version: 4.7.0
Poor software, buggy, slow, caused major disruption of my internet service, slowed computers down and wasted a lot of my time. Don't touch this!.
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Macs-Pain
29 December 2016
Version: 4.7.0
Upload is unbelievably slow. And I do NOT upload to the Crashplan servers but backing up to a friend. My upload speed is 40 Mbit but Crashplan hardly uploads with 1-3 MBit. Changing preferences seems to do nothing.
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Psifi
30 November 2016
Version: 4.7.0
The developer has confirmed that this app is compatible with Sierra.
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Jeremyan
07 April 2016
Version: 4.4.1
The latest 4.6.0 consistently use close to 1GB or over 1GB of memory on my computers. This is insane and unacceptable.
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5
Navigare-necesse-est-
06 December 2015
Version: 4.4.1
My most important backup system since several years, backing up roughly 2 TB and 3 computers in my home to 3 different servers including one off-site. Has a rather unique and solid capacity to do data deduplication and compression conserving space and bandwidth once the initial upload has been done. Complaints on slow upload speed are just ridiculous since this is a most often a bottleneck due to the user's network speed, not to software....! I guess that, by nature, data deduplication and compression are resource intensive, but the benefits should be obvious to most people..... :-)
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0.5
Pafka
06 December 2015
Version: 4.4.1
Almost impossible to delete this application,beware
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0.5
cevatkerim
05 December 2015
Version: 4.4.1
I have a top of the line macbook and similar resource issues many have mentioned. It uses too much ram and cpu and also often gets stuck "synchronizing data." I ultimately gave up since it couldn't back up the initial 290GB I tried as a test.
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Ward
01 October 2015
Version: 4.3.0
The CrashPlan app, like Dropbox, updates itself from time to time with no notice to the user. Adobe's Flash Player likes to do this, but it at least offers the option to notify me when it wants to update. I can then check MacUpdate for alerts from pioneering users. I just noticed the CrashPlan icon had moved to become the leftmost menu extra, a subtle indication of a "stealth" update. Indeed, CrashPlan had updated itself from 4.3.0 to 4.4.1. I may have missed other stealth updates in the interim.
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2.5
Strider72
29 July 2015
Version: 4.3.0
It's a good service, but only an okay app. For starters, it's a monster resource hog. The background app also needs more granular control, such as an option to NOT backup while on battery power. I do appreciate the pause feature, that allows you to pause it for a particular amount of time -- from 1 hour to 1 day. But ultimately the amount of memory and such that this eats up is a problem -- especially on my wife's older computer.
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bowlerboy-jmb
05 June 2015
Version: 4.2.0
I have used the CrashPlan service for two years, and I have a paid subscription for another two years. I like it, and I would recommend it. You can not only backup your data to their Cloud, but you can also backup locally to another computer or hard drive (for free) or to a friend's computer.

But the uploading process is very slow, which is probably due to the slowness of uploading any data, as well as due to the slowness of the application. You can always send them a hard drive, but few people will do that. If you do it yourself from home, then you should expect to have your computer engaged for several days (in the background) sending your files to their remote site. Obviously, the more data you want to send, the longer it will take.

What I don't like about CrashPlan is the application is ALWAYS working. I can't seem to stop it! I constantly hear it accessing my internal hard drive and my external hard drives, even after I have achieved a 100% complete backup status. The Energizer bunny rabbit has got nothing on this engine: it just keeps chugging away, and I find it irritating that I cannot stop it, for it slows down my access to other things I want to do on my computer. The engine is either backing up files, or it is "synchronizing" the files which have already been sent to the remote site with some kind of index it keeps on my computer.

I play with the settings, but they don't seem to have much effect. I use the command provided to terminate access to the service, but the engine of the application still keeps chugging away. It's totally out of my control, and I don't like that. I am waiting for some tech support to see if I can get a hold of this monster and take control back into my own hands. I don't even know if that is possible, but I am tied of hearing it accessing my hard drives all the time. Please stop, CrashPlan! Please, give it a rest!
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Jancakv
26 January 2015
Version: 3.7
Realy great app for backup, big space for data, OK price. But Java app is tragedy. I hate Java. Javy is slow and hungry for RAM. Please make native app for OS X. It would be amazing. I am three years user your service.
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3.5
Jeremyan
04 December 2014
Version: 3.6.4
Works. Fairly easy to use. The client is a major pain. The client is not native, it is Java. They promised a native client but never released. And the CrashPlan Services process on my Macs constantly use over 400MB of RAM. Although my Macs have a lot of memory and this doesn't really affect the performance much, it is still a poor design. I hope they address this.
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Macs-Pain
30 November 2014
Version: 3.6.4
No chance to get connected with a friend. He can not get connected with me. Any ideas? Thanks.
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bumper314
05 November 2014
Version: 3.6.4
I still use CrashPlan, but I'm aching for a native client. The amount of CPU and RAM used by this Java version is unacceptable.
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Drdul
13 February 2014
Version: 3.5.3
New version 3.6.3 (released this week) incorporates Java, so it no longer needs Java to be installed on the system. The app will autoupdate, but to get the benefit of the built-in Java you have to uninstall and then reinstall CrashPlan. To uninstall, right-click the CrashPlan app, select Show Package Contents, navigate into Contents and double-click Uninstall.
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3.5
JoeR3122
12 February 2014
Version: 3.5.3
It works; it functions as advertised. It's cheap. It works. But wow. The software itself is crap. First, it slows down my Macbook Pro a lot. I have 16 GB of RAM, and Activity Monitor reports that CrashPlan uses 8 GB of it. That's crazy, by any applications' standards. Next, I get 700 kbps upload on it. That's horrible. Speedtest.net reports me having a 15mbps upload. I'm still trying to find out how to stop the bottleneck. Other than that, it works, and I have no real complaints.
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Madison-mac
04 June 2013
Version: 3.5.3
Does anyone have version 3.4.1 or earlier (that will run on OS X 10.4 Tiger)? I accidentally deleted my copy and Crashplan for 10.4 yesterday on my G5 (I need to run OS 9 classic). Crashplan support won't give me another copy of the installer that will run on 10.4 Tiger.
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3.5
Ajmac25
02 May 2013
Version: 3.5.3
I switched from Arq (with Amazon service) to CrashPlan. Initially not as easy to set-up as I hoped but works fine now, EXCEPT if I try to open the actual app. The menu-bar part works fine but if I try to actually open the CrashPlan app, it just "bounces" in the dock and never opens. I have reported this to CrashPlan and after several emails, uninstall and reinstalls, it will work intermittently. No problems with any other apps on my MacBook Pro. I have not had to use the restore feature yet and hopefully never will, but back up seem to work fine. I just wish they would fix the app issue.
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Robert-Morton
25 March 2013
Version: 3.5.2
While I can understand the desire not to have java on a system, I love Crashplan. Have been using it for more than a year and will resubscribe next year if they keep working flawlessly. It runs in the background and I never notice it. I can restore any of my files to my iPad or my iPhone or any other device for easy access from anywhere. I really could not ask for more, and yet it offers other features that I don't even use like backing up to other computers.
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2.5
Pmcarrion
21 March 2013
Version: 3.5.2
According to the release notes, CrashPlan 3.5.2 supports Java 7 but it still requires you to install Java 6 on your Mac!
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Pmcarrion
21 March 2013
Version: 3.5.2
According to the release notes, CrashPlan 3.5.2 supports Java 7 but it still requires you to install Java 6 on your Mac!
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2.5
Madison-mac
30 December 2012
Version: 3.4.1
The 'restore' speed can be slow - but I think it depends on what the Crashplan servers can handle. My download internet speed is 20MB/sec, but when I restore 200GB from crashplan, the restore download speed is around 1.5MB/sec (at least for the last few days it has been). Not sure if they purposely throttle or maybe they are just overloaded.
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::mile::
25 November 2012
Version: 3.4.1
Bought the Family Unlimited plan during the Black Friday weekend sale, even though I found out about it kinda late I still got 60% off, which is quite a bargain…! But had I known that it forces me to install Java on all the machines I want to backup I probably would have passed… The UI is just as ugly as every other Java based app I've been forced to use over the years and I really find Java to be a big fat security hole to begin with…! :-/
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Rochade
25 November 2012
Version: 3.4.1
The best (online) backup tool I found. I switched from mozy to crash plan because it is faster, more secure and it simply works. After I lost all my files with mozy, I had to look for an alternative and found it in crash plan. It securely saves your encrypted files at any location you want (local, friends machine, online). And it is free for personal use. You only pay a subscription if you want to store your backup online on crashplan's server. The only thing that isn't perfect yet is the RAM usage. This could be optimized, but I can live with those 600MB RAM lost (out of 8GB).
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5
Acricketer1
25 November 2012
Version: 3.4.1
Tried to buy online to take advantage of the Black Friday offer and the payment page just froze.
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Mac-Update-udyn
10 October 2012
Version: 3.2.1
Instead of AES, CrashPlan uses 448 bit blowfish which I strongly prefer! It is an excellent product at a phenomenal price.
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Pmcarrion
15 August 2012
Version: 3.2.1
CrashPlan runs a lot faster with the latest version of Java (http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/44788/java-se-runtime-environment-7)
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2.5
Desker
09 July 2012
Version: 3.2.1
If I had reviewed CrashPlan only a couple of weeks ago I would have given it five stars. For two years I backed up (and recovered) files (I now have more than 200 GB stored) without a problem. And the ease of use and price was extremely good. But when I did have a recent glitch, and CrashPlan stopped backing up and I largely lost touch with my backup, I went to CrashPlan support for help. Here I am 11 days later and I have had exactly three communications from CrashPlan support, two from Tier 1 (one of which was merely to tell me I was being handed over to Tier 2) and one from Tier 2 In that time I was offered two possible fixes, neither of which worked. The last I heard from them was four days ago, despite constant updating by me as to what was happening. Today, I noticed CrashPlan is finally backing up again and, it says, in a couple of hours I should once again be totally backed up. Well, good, that's a relief, but I now worry that it will happen again and that I will deal with sluggish (to put it the kindest way I can) CrashPlan support. Granted CrashPlan now warns users on its web site that support will be slow: "We are working diligently to resolve the delayed response times and apologize for the inconvenience." However, an apology in advance for poor support,doesn't really work for me.
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1.5
Gtcaz
31 May 2012
Version: 3.2.1
On Lion 10.7 with Java 1.6.0_31 I had to increase memory to 1024M, as described here: http://afterhours.bitsandbugs.net/2012/04/18/crashplan-crashing-here-is-the-fix/
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5
Bunam
08 May 2012
Version: 3.2.1
it's working, it's reliable !
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2.5
djcz
19 April 2012
Version: 3.2.1
Aside from some minor glitchy interface behavior, CrashPlan is a fairly simple backup utility. I successfully created a backup from 2 Macs and 1 PC to an external drive on a third Mac. My biggest complaint with this software, is it's speed. This thing is slow as molasses on an internal Gigabit network. I'm seeing consistent speeds of about 30Mb/sec (that's Megabits, not MegaBytes). Backing up 140GB from one drive to another, on the same machine, will take approximately 10 hours. Backing up 145GB from one machine to a second machine will take a "supposed" 56 days at a whopping 270Kb/sec. I'm not sure how it's doing it's backup, but it certainly is NOT taking advantage of my Gigabit backbone network. I know someone who signed up for the Crashplan monthly service, they have a Verizon DSL connection, which is inherently slow anyway. They successfully backed up approximately 75Gigs of information, but it took well over a month to complete.
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4.5
Rochade
28 March 2012
Version: 3.2.1
A simple, flexible and SECURE backup solution that simply works in the background. I can miss a nice GUI but it is well designed (even it is written in Java and so can't compete with the great OS X GUI we love). Never had any problem. That's the way a backup/restore tool should work. One feature to not miss: there is not only 1 backup destination like with other online backup tools. You can add as many destinations (local disc, servers, client machines, online storage) as you want.
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Madison-mac
17 March 2012
Version: 3.2
I would like to see this feature added: Be able to see list of files waiting to be backed up. Maybe with option to remove from backup set from list.
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Gary-box
17 March 2012
Version: 3.2
The UI is too 'Windows-a-like' for my tast. But the app itself is not that bad. Works as it should.
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MartySkinner
16 March 2012
Version: 3.2
To the MacUpdate staff: it's a little confusing that this application is listed as both free, and $7.49.
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MartySkinner
16 March 2012
Version: 3.2
This release seems to improve startup time for the GUI fairly dramatically on one of my systems. While it's not often needed when you use the menu bar application (a great addition, BTW), it's nice to have the launch time improved.
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5
Glenbo
16 March 2012
Version: 3.2
Simply awesome value! The initial backup takes a while, but once done, this is sublimely useful!
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Drdul
17 December 2011
Version: 3.0.3
Yes, the desktop app is a bit on the ugly side, but the good news is you rarely have to see it. CrashPlan has a beta version of a menubar app that provides a status check without having to open the desktop app. You can download the app from the CrashPlan support forums (look for "CrashPlan Mac menubar BETA available"). The only problem with the menubar app is the ugly, pulsating icon, so if you do download it, also look for a thread on the forum entitled "Mac menubar beta feedback and discussion," in which a user named Chris has posted two zip files with replacement icons (the first zip file has gray icons, the second one green icons, respectively) for the menubar app.
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3.5
Radarnav
13 September 2011
Version: 3.0.3
I'm looking for a good offsite backup, and I thought I'd found it in CrashPlan. I signed up for the 30 day trial, selected what I needed backed up and let 'er rip. Twenty-nine days later, as it was just about to finish uploading my data (yes, 29 days later) there was a glitch in the process and it started over from scratch. Ouch. I shelved it for a couple of weeks and decided to do a back up to a local external drive. That works like a champ. The program also gives you the option to keep a backup on a friend's machine (or vice versa, a friend can put an encrypted back up on your machine). Great feature. Cloud storage for huge amounts of data (say, an iPhoto library) just take way too long to get started. However, the features mentioned above are definitely worth looking into.
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Livslufsen
05 August 2011
Version: 3.0.3
For my purposes, CrashPlan is pretty much spot-on. Me and my brother use it to back-up photos on each others computers. You set up CrashPlan once, and then forget it. And it's free for that purpose. Haven't had any issues. Highly recommended for back-up on another computer.
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Rmay18591
17 April 2011
Version: 3.0.3
READ BEFORE PURCHASING, CRASHPLAN DOES NOT DO A COMPLETE BACKUP OF YOUR DATA. This review is to inform prospective purchasers, that you need to read all of the information on Crashplan's site. There are a number of files/folders that are on a exclusion list, that is apparently hard coded into the software. I thought all of the files in the directories I had checked were being backed up. This is not the case. I needed a prior signed iPhone restore ipsw file, located in my user directory, that was tagged for backup. The directory containing the file, a sub-directory, of library/itunes/iPhone Software updates/ doesn't even show up in crashplan's backup. However a second directory /library/itunes/itunes plugins/ does show up and gets backed up. There could be a number of files that you may want and need, during a restore, that the folks at crashplan have excluded from your backup sets. On the website, you can look at a list of admin exclusions, not user changeable, if you understand, Java regular expressions, then you might be able to determine that a file isn't going to be backed up. I wonder how many other files, that I might need are not getting backed up. My bad for not reading the fine print, I made an assumption, that a backup software would perform a back up. What was I thinking? If the backup set was complete, user defined, not crashplan defined, then this software would rate at five stars in my opinion. As it stands, I would have to go thru all of the files on my machine, determine if I need it during a restore, then determine if crashplan is actually going to back it up. Not something, I am interested in performing.
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Maruko-Drinking-Team
22 March 2011
Version: 1.0
This software works. However, there are a couple things worth noting: 1.) restoring a 60GB home directory backup after a hard disk crash can take *days*, and 2.) their online backup service recently went down for over a week for many of their users (you can find it on their support forums). I wish something better existed, but for cheap price it doesn't, AFAIK. (Arq is better, but for 500GB+ backups the Amazon storage fess are expensive.)
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RogerKatz
25 February 2011
Version: 3.0.1
The current version, available at the developer's website, is 3.0.2 (i.e., not the 3.0.1 mentioned here).
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4.5
Catalystworkshop
13 February 2011
Version: 3.0.1
I've used this and Mozy for a few years each. No comparison, this is way better software in nearly ever way. Fast, cpu efficient, reliable, powerful, and excellent in nearly every way. My only complaint is that that interface design is mediocre, and with some slightly aggravating workflows for certain tasks, mainly restoring. It's not terribly well organized or designed, far more PC-like than Mac-like. That being said, I wouldn't even bother trying anything else. I am more than satisfied, and recommend it strongly.
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Snowlprd
11 February 2011
Version: 3.0.1
If you visit crashplan.com and download the .dmg, you'll find that the current version is actually 3.0.2.
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jreffner
08 February 2011
Version: 3.0
After much research and Mozy's price hikes I've decided on CrashPlan as my new online backup solution. I originally was thinking Carbonite, then BackBlaze, then CrashPlan in that order, but after several day of reading reviews and comparing features I fairly quickly eliminated Carbonite (throttling was a main issue) and it was down to BackBlaze and CrashPlan. Even though I like the BB System Pref better than the CP app, I still have to admit that because I will use them so rarely that it really won't matter much. BB looked very good, but ultimately what won me over were CrashPlan's unlimited backup of up to 10 computers n the family plan, and their seeding service. I really didn't want to spend months reuploading all of my Mozy data. CP's seeding just made that painless. I'll come back and write a review in a month or two, but i am very confident that I made a good choice. Thanks CrashPlan! Thanks for not being a Mozy!
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4.5
iTruth
18 December 2010
Version: 3.0
I highly recommend CrashPlan. I've tried, Mozy and a few others but CrashPlan works the best for me. I'm not sure why you guys are calling the UI on this program "clunky"? It has a nice layout and is easy to navigate. CrashPlan doesn't take up a lot of system resources or slow down your Mac while it backs up silently in the background. I'm glad I purchased this program.
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bowlerboy-jmb
11 December 2010
Version: 3.0
A while back, MacWorld did an in-depth comparative analysis of several on-line backup services at: http://www.macworld.com/article/142606/2009/09/online_backup.html At MacWorld, you can also search for more articles focussing on CrashPlan itself.
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zx
09 December 2010
Version: 3.0
O.K, so that was quick...but 3.0 still uses the 2.0 clunky interface!!! Makes the app unusable. Also, not a lot of changes.
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2.5
zx
07 December 2010
Version: 1.0
Very reliable...but what a clunky interface!!! Makes the app unusable. Wake up guys, you're on a MAC!
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Daouddee
19 November 2010
Version: 1.0
Unfortunately I wasn't able to get CrashPlan to work out. I was trying to sync between a Windows XP laptop and Mac running Snow Leopard. Initially I was able to get the Mac to backup to Windows and did a couple of test restores. Everything looked good. About a week later when I had both machines up and running neither one could connect to the other. Windows machine couldn't see the Mac and the Mac couldn't find Windows. I looked on the website for trouble shooting tips. I finally disabled the firewall on both machines (Operating system and third party). Still no dice. The network is working and both computers are on the same network. I really wanted to like this program. It's pretty much just what I wanted to supplement my Dropbox acct. Now it looks like I will be going with just Dropbox as its one of the most solid programs I've had the pleasure to use in quite some time. If the developers have a solution I'm open to amend the review. There is potentially a lot to like about this program and service.
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Madison-mac
20 September 2010
Version: 2010-03-08
I purchased a year subscription to Crashplan and have no complaints no far, but then again I haven't needed to restore anything. I picked them because I liked the price, they had 'delta' backups that update only changed parts of a file. I wish the weekly backup reports would report how much data was backed up since the previous weeks backup report.
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Maclouie
23 March 2010
Version: 2010-03-08
I've been trying to use CrashPlan but with little success. Computers spend more time scanning files rather than backing up. The 30 day free trial is not enough time to backup my two laptops to their servers. According to the logs it says it is doing nothing because there is "nothing to do" yet none of my local or offsite backups are finished. Must be operator error, right?
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Desker
04 February 2010
Version: 11.05.2009
Okay, I am back with a review. CrashPlan is now working flawlessly for me after a few months and I am signed up with them. Once my problems were worked out (some at my end, some at theirs) the program has been a delight to use. One of the reasons for this is that it, unlike others, is basically simple and straightforward. When I add data to various drives it just uploads it quietly in the background. I don't have to think about it or worry that it is doing its job because it is. Highly recommended, as they say on the camera review sites.
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5
Vandegewiet
04 February 2010
Version: 11.05.2009
Note: This is about CrashPlan Pro (the blue version). Running 4 CrashPlan Pro servers with 50 clients since about a month, backing up a few TB's locally and off-site. Clear licensing (per client, you can set up as many servers as you like), excellent support, nice people. This is truly great software for the SMB. Retrospect has finally been put to rest (sighs of relief...).
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Orytek
06 November 2009
Version: 11.05.2009
It may be free for personal use but that just means you can use the software to back up to local drives or a friends remote drive. If you expect to be able to use Crashplan's offsite server's, forget it. That is only for paying customers. Media is cheap and I am not willing to rent disk space in minnesota. I'll stick with Time Machine, SuperDuper, and the free 12 gigs of offsite space offered by iDrive. If I'm wrong I will humbly change my opinion and review but if right, I sure feel like there's some deceptive implications offering free personal use with only the need to tolerate advertisements.
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Homer1
22 October 2009
Version: 10.19.2009
I've been trying out on-line backup programs for months now. Dropbox looked promising but the issues are many, and security (read encryption!) does not exist. Tried CrashPlan based on the very favorable review in MacWorld and I'll tell you it's perfect. Not only does the program perform, I've had questions that I emailed the support contact about, and received an email response back within 24 hours in all three cases (and I'm not even a "paid" user yet). I'll be signing up tonight and I recommend that anyone looking for an easy, Mac like, secure on-line backup program give CrashPlan a serious look.
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Navigare-necesse-est-
08 August 2009
Version: 07.27.2009
I am a Mac user since 24 years, nowadays using Crashplan+ on a Macbook with OS X 10.5 to backup to a 100 GB account at their data center "Crashplan central" and to a Window Vista PC downstairs: Works very well with minimal impact on computer performance/usage. It's a real set and forget business and test restores have worked out elegantly and flawlessly. The main thing on my wishlist would be to have a possibility for different backup sets to different locations, e.g. to backup everything to local computers and a reduced set for the cloud. -Nevertheless, the developers are to be congratulated for top-notch and mature software!!
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Djc0
29 July 2009
Version: 07.27.2009
Started looking for an online backup solution over a year ago. Competing products never really worked smoothly and i always seemed to have trouble. CrashPlan, on the other hand, worked perfectly from the first install. Their customer service has consistently been both prompt and helpful whenever i've had a question or feature request. This is a great program/service that i *highly* recommend.
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Sherman-Wilcox
28 July 2009
Version: 07.27.2009
Been using CrashPlan for a couple of years now. This is INCREDIBLY good stuff. It just works. Buy it!
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Scott-e-collins
16 July 2009
Version: 06.11.2009
Been using this for a while now, and very happy with it. Easy to use and does the job well. Have not tested the remote storage feature yet (only used USB harddisks so far) but that seems a valuable addition. Recommended!
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Maruko-Drinking-Team
15 February 2009
Version: 01.06.2009
Greaat... I just installed this to try out again, because my existing backup tool isn't behaving well. But to use this, you have to log into your CrashPlan online account. I have my account details and try to log in, but CrashPlan hangs at the "Please wait..." screen, forever. So, what's the deal, I can't back up when your server is down, or whatever? Lame, and back into the Trash it goes. (Wish it worked, though; sounds nice if it did.)
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Ackshiel
10 October 2008
Version: 10.09.2008
This is a GREAT update to an already great tool! You can now backup to a USB drive.
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catapult99
23 April 2008
Version: 03.04.2008
Great solution for office environments. We use CrashPlan for our disaster recover strategy. We are a graphic design studio that is backing up about 400GB worth of data offsite to a Mac Mini with 1TB drive hooked up to it. The initial backup takes some time, but you can circumvent most of that by doing your first backup over your local LAN and then move your setup offsite. We also use Retrospect to create daily backups locally, but will abandon that when CrashPlan implements that feature. Cudos to Code 42 and their hard work and great product support. My only suggestion, would be to create a user forum linked to their site to minimize questions with solutions that have already been answered and to promote creativity with the product.
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Timklein
29 February 2008
Version: 01.14.2008
Excellent backup solution! The developers have really thought it through, making CrashPlan easy to use but powerful enough to suit me. I use it to make nightly backups over the Internet to a computer at my parents' house in another state. The backups are encrypted, both in transit and in storage on the remote computer. I never have to mess with it -- it just works! Restoration of files is very easy too.
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Matteth
21 February 2008
Version: 01.14.2008
Great idea - and works well. + On-site and off-site backup + Back-up between friends + Restore over local network instead of over the internet + Backs up constantly and unobtrusively + Cross-platform -You can't store backup as plain, unencrypted files on local etwork - Java-based. Sometimes system-intensive. Has become better though. - It would be great to be able to backup to or restore from a local hardddrive, and then move it to another computer as a backup destination.
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Dr-Gernot-Starke
15 December 2007
Version: 11.06.2007
Awesome tool, hides the complexity of distributed-backups completely, runs very smoothly in the background, the pro-version allows for versioned backups (that is, better than time-machine!) I wrote an extensive overview of a full-scale backup strategy for small offices - and CrashPlan provides a major pillar of it! See http://it-and-more.blogspot.com/2007/11/sh-happens-therefore-everybody-needs.html Additionally: Great and helpful support. I use CrashPlan on 5 machines with Win-XP, Mac-OS and Linux.
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Andyo
25 November 2007
Version: 11.06.2007
Crashplan is a really useful solution to a problem most of us have: it's tedious and/or expensive to backup offsite. The only cost is a $20 license for the computer you want to back up. (Being the recipient/storage site for backups is free.) Offsite backup is a critical part of protecting your data. Crashplan makes it easy and cheap. I have used this software to backup from a Mac to a PC. I have used it to allow three different locations to backup to each other. I have restored from backup. It's easy (so easy that I have used it to migrate data from an old computer to a new one). If you do include a Windows computer in your backup strategy, remember to ensure that your Windows firewall & your security suite firewall (e.g. Norton) will let Crashplan through. I have a router with a firewall, so I had to open a port on it. The whole thing is dead easy, though. Two of my locations use Dynamic IP addresses and are behind routers (so they are NATed and use 192.168.x.x addresses). Crashplan just takes care of it. Crashplan email support is friendly, helpful, and prompt. This is the offsite backup program that I've needed - I highly recommend it!
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Curtisj2
07 June 2007
Version: 05.15.2007
Great functionality. Intuitive interface. Outstanding developer support. Highly recommended!!
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fiacre Douglas
07 June 2007
Version: 05.15.2007
Software is great!! Most exciting software at MacWorld - had to check it out...and WOW ---changed the way I do backups!
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Frank-Hardy
24 May 2007
Version: 05.15.2007
Have used Crashplan for the monthly free trial and was impressed. The program worked as advertised, with clean restores and nice in the background incremental backups. Unfortunately they charge for the software interface, so I haven't taken the plunge to sign-up yet; but I probably will as I haven't found anything as efficient, flexible and invisible so far.
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Dwimmerlaik
06 May 2007
Version: 04.20.2007
While the peer-to-peer backup functions and the online backup are both exciting features, Code 42 unfortunately left out the more often used backup strategy of external hard drives or network attached storage. I do like the option of backing up my important files to another computer or to an online repository; however, I prefer the simplicity of being able to backup to an external USB or Firewire drive. Based on reviews I've seen for CrashPlan, Code 42 is planning on adding in the functionality to backup to external drives, but if that's your only solution for the moment, I would suggest looking elsewhere until this feature is added.
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Swoelfel
05 February 2007
Version: 1.29.2007
I really wanted to like this software but I can't. I've been searching for a replacement for Retrospect, possible the worst designed application of all time, and I thought this might be it. 'Fraid not. After about a month of tweaks, emails to tech support and way too much time wasted trying to make it work, I give up. It won't consistently connect to other machines, even on the same subnet. I've never come anywhere close to having a complete backup set and what seems to have been backed up isn't accessible once it is. Sorry, we all need to keep looking for a dependable Mac backup solution.
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