CrashPlan
CrashPlan 3.6.3
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Only 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 Central subscription.

CrashPlan runs on Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris.

Note: CrashPlan is available in both free and paid versions:
What's New
Version 3.6.3:

Features:

  • Updated Translations - Translations of the CrashPlan app have been updated and improved in version 3.6.3.
  • CrashPlan App On OS X Now Includes Java - Installing the CrashPlan app on OS X 10.7.3 (Lion) and later now also installs Java Runtime Environment version 1.7.0_45. This means that the CrashPlan app installation process is just one step and you are no longer prompted to install Java on your Mac. This feature applies to new installations of the CrashPlan app only. If the CrashPlan app is already running on your Mac, no action is required and CrashPlan will continue to function normally.
  • Reset Archive Key Password - Users who choose to upgrade archive encryption key security from the default to 448-bit encryption + password now have the option to set a challenge question and answer. The challenge question and answer can be used in the future to reset the archive key password, in the event that the password is lost or forgotten.
  • New Version Retention Option - Never - Most people tell us that they love our unlimited version retention. However, some CrashPlan subscribers have told us that they want more control over which older versions of files are kept, in specific use cases. You can now set versions to keep from Last 90 days, Last year, or Previous years to "never", and CrashPlan will no longer keep any old versions within the specified date range.
Fixes:
  • Java heap space allocation for the CrashPlan service has been increased to 1024 MB for better performance on devices with larger file selections or more frequent backups.
  • Installations where Java heap space allocation was modified from previous default of 512 MB are unaffected by this change.
  • Network interface exclusions and wireless network exclusions are now properly obeyed on OS X and Windows when connected via a virtual network (e.g. VPN connection, VMware guest, Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter).
  • Security updates.

Version 3.6.3:

Features:

  • Updated Translations - Translations of the CrashPlan app have been updated and improved in version 3.6.3.
  • CrashPlan App On OS X Now Includes Java - Installing the CrashPlan app on OS X 10.7.3 (Lion) and later now also installs Java Runtime Environment version 1.7.0_45. This means that the CrashPlan app installation process is just more...
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • OS X 10.5 or later
  • Java





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CrashPlan User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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Drdul commented on 12 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 3.5.3]

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Stevencee replied on 14 Feb 2014
How is 3.6.3 "new" and just released this week? I have it currently, and my Mac Apps folder says it was created & installed almost a year ago, 4/8/13!
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Drdul replied on 14 Feb 2014
If your CrashPlan app updated itself to 3.6.3, then it will still show the original date of the version you first installed. If you uninstall and then re-install 3.6.3, it will show a date of 21 January 2014. BTW, the reason to use the Uninstall script inside the app package as described above is to ensure that the CrashPlan service is also stopped before installing the new version.
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Stevencee replied on 14 Feb 2014
Well, that's great, but I used the MacUpdate Desktop program to install it. If there's a best way to install, shouldn't it (MU) let us know when it says we need to update it? It's there now, so I hope it installed it correctly...
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JoeR3122 reviewed on 11 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 3.5.3]


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DennisKeefe2561 commented on 27 Dec 2013
CrashPlan was recommended to me enthusiastically, and I installed and ran it immediately. The install was smooth, and the interface looked straight-ahead and usable. Started my first b/u last night at 2am. It is now 5pm the next day and the progress bar has barely registered at all. The most exciting part is the notification that the b/u will take 2.7 DAYS TO COMPLETE! I called support and was told that I would hear back within 24 hours. I will have purchased another product by then....
[Version 3.5.3]

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DennisKeefe2561 replied on 27 Dec 2013
Update: progress bar now says 6.9 days for b/u. And moving only 75Gb! Glaciers could melt before someone with a truly large pack o' files got a backup.
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DennisKeefe2561 replied on 27 Dec 2013
Okay. I'm going to the store in a few minutes to pick up a zesty barbecue sauce. I'm hoping it might make eating my words a little more palatable.

I was misguided in my earlier comments about this product. Perhaps if I had read a bit deeper, I would have realized that certain elements of system screen- and energy-saver would interrupt the b/u process. That and the fact the Code42 affirms an approximate 20GB a day for the initial b/u would have put me in a better frame of expectation.

It is worthy to note that once the initial b/u is endured, the program is watching for changes and making constant incremental backups all the time. (Someone please correct me if I have stated this incorrectly. Too much sauce on too many words would cause great indigestion!)
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Psychiatry replied on 25 Jan 2014
Online backups take a very long time to complete. For one, the files have to be encrypted and then compressed before they are sent online. Two, uploading to the internet is very slow.

Do the math:

10 Mbps upload speed = 1.25 MBytes per second to upload

Typical Hard drive 500 GB = 500,000 MB of data if completely full.

At 10 Mbps upload speed, this will take 400,000 seconds to upload =
6,667 hours = 277 days = 9.3 months to upload

With compression, this can be sped up.
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Madison_mac reviewed on 03 Jun 2013
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.
[Version 3.5.3]

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Mikeevangelist replied on 06 Jul 2013
You can download 3.2 from the CrashPlan help site here - https://helpdesk.crashplan.com/entries/21702048-End-of-Life-for-CrashPlan-CrashPlan-PRO-and-CrashPlan-PROe-on-Mac-OS-X-10-4-Tiger-

Direct download link here - http://download.crashplan.com/installs/mac/install/CrashPlan/CrashPlan_3.2_Mac.dmg
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Ajmac25 reviewed on 02 May 2013
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.
[Version 3.5.3]


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Robert Morton reviewed on 24 Mar 2013
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.
[Version 3.5.2]

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Derekcurrie replied on 02 May 2013
The problem is NOT having Java on your system. You want to keep Java on your Mac as OS X uses Java as well. The entirely problem with Java is via the INTERNET and is due to Oracle's POS Java Internet plug-in: JavaAppletPlugin.plugin

Down below I provided Pmcarrion some notes about how to best deal with the Java Internet plug-in hell, such as using only Safari 6.0.4 and above or turning the Java plug-in on or off as required.

I write about Mac Security, including the Oracle Java plug-in hell, at:

http://Mac-Security.blogspot.com

BTW: I hate Oracle. Ya hear that Oracle! I hate you!
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Pmcarrion reviewed on 21 Mar 2013
According to the release notes, CrashPlan 3.5.2 supports Java 7 but it still requires you to install Java 6 on your Mac!
[Version 3.5.2]

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Derekcurrie replied on 02 May 2013
Apple always provides a working version of Java 6 within OS X. You can find it here:

/System/Library/Java/

This may change to Java 7 in the future.

Where Java falls on its face and allows the PWN rats to eat your Mac alive is via the INTERNET. Therefore, the culprit is the evil POS "JavaAppletPlugin.plugin" which you can find here:

/Library/Internet Plug-ins/

I HIGHLY recommend using only Safari 6.0.4 or higher on the Internet at this time. It includes a Java blocking system that allows you to enable the evil Java plug-in only for specific website that YOU approve. In other words, it is a White List system. If you're stuck with an older version of Safari, Just Turn Java OFF until such time as you absolutely require using it. That means quitting your web browser, dumping the POS Java plug-in out of the "Internet Plug-ins" folder (for example to a folder you create called "Internet Plug-ins (disabled)"), the starting your web browser again. That is the only absolutely safe way to go. But it means anything requiring Internet access using Java will not work.

Yes this is a PITA. Blame Oracle. It is ENTIRELY their lazy butt fault. They permanently ruined the Java 'sandboxing' system with dire results. Let's hope they get off their lazy butts and fix it again, permanently.
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Madison_mac reviewed on 29 Dec 2012
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.
[Version 3.4.1]

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David Stone replied on 28 Feb 2013
If you are on ADSL2, your download speed is 20Mb/s - that is a maximum of 2.5MB/s.
CrashPlan has to decrypt/re-hydrate files as they come back down so a speed of 1.5MB is actually quite good!
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::mile:: commented on 25 Nov 2012
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…! :-/
[Version 3.4.1]

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JCH2 replied on 28 Feb 2013
The UI is your first complaint? It's no worse that many dumbed down Mac UIs I've seen. And the security holes in Java are not always from Sun/Java. Macs use a custom versions from Apple.
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Rochade reviewed on 25 Nov 2012
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).
[Version 3.4.1]


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Pmcarrion had trouble on 21 Mar 2013
According to the release notes, CrashPlan 3.5.2 supports Java 7 but it still requires you to install Java 6 on your Mac!
[Version 3.5.2]



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Runtime rated on 15 Feb 2014

[Version 3.6.3]



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Jef4 rated on 14 Feb 2014

[Version 3.6.3]



+5

Tschoepler rated on 30 Aug 2013

[Version 3.5.3]



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::mile:: rated on 02 May 2013

[Version 3.5.3]



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Jef4 rated on 02 May 2013

[Version 3.5.3]



Aldaron rated on 07 Mar 2013

[Version 3.5.2]



+7

Globe-Trotter rated on 17 Jan 2013

[Version 3.4.1]



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PaperCutPro rated on 29 Dec 2012

[Version 3.4.1]



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Weaselboy rated on 25 Nov 2012

[Version 3.4.1]



Lmmauset rated on 03 Oct 2012

[Version 3.2.1]


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CrashPlan runs on Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris.

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