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CrashPlan Review

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CrashPlan is one of those services where you see everything they offer, then see the price, and you think, “how do they pull it off?”

The service offers completely free backup software and very affordable online backup – but still has more features than anyone else! CrashPlan is best suited for someone who wants to backup all the data they own, easily, for less than $5 per month.

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Pros:

  • The software is free for anyone.
  • Their online backup is the best value there is.

Cons:

  • Limited restore options.
  • Backup settings might not be beginner-friendly.

Overall Rating:

 

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Key Features

CrashPlan computer backup software runs on PCs, Macs, Linux and Solaris.

Online Backup and Offsite Backup
Software does on-site and off-site backups. Off-site? Yes you can even do remote, off-site backups for free if you have a good friend who also uses CrashPlan on their computer.

Real-Time Backup or Scheduled Backup
Continuous real-time backup and scheduled backup options.

External Drive Backup
You can backup external drives.

Custom Network Throttle
This option is where you control how much of your internet connection to devote to transferring files for backup.

File Versioning (But Better)
They keep backups of deleted files! That’s a step better than file versioning!

Install and Setup Process

CrashPlan downloads and installs with almost no input from you. And it defaults to where all your files are selected for backup (compared to other services that default to not backup MP3, etc.)

Lots of settings to go through though. You don’t have to, but it would be better if you did.

Seeded Backup for example, I’ve never seen offered before. You can have CrashPlan ship you a drive, you load it up via USB, then ship it back to them. Quickest way to backup 1TB of data for sure!

Backup Space and Pricing Plans

Just want to make backups? The software is free!

For CrashPlan’s secure online backup called CrashPlan Central:

CrashPlan+ 10GB (as low as $1.50/month)
CrashPlan+ Unlimited (as low as $3.00/month)
CrashPlan+ Family Unlimited (as low as $6.00/month for an entire household of computers)

Yep, “Unlimited” means unlimited storage space. And a household includes up to 10 computers.

Security

Enterprise-grade encryption.

Files are encrypted whether you backup to CrashPlan’s online service or to a friend’s house. So it’s not like your friend can just open up your files.

Mobile Access

You can access backed up files via a mobile device thanks to apps for both iOS (iPhone/iPod/iPad) and Android-powered phones and tablets.

Restoring Data

This must be done from within the CrashPlan software.

Or choose the Restore To Your Door option, which is basically the reverse of the Seeded Backup. CrashPlan sends you a drive pre-loaded with your backed up files.

Final Verdict

CrashPlan is essentially the best of all the online backup services rolled into one. And it’s the least expensive online backup.

I think Carbonite is slightly easier to use, but if you want all those extra features, try CrashPlan instead. You’ll get more features, backup more computers, and save money to boot!

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Final Decision on CrashPlan

What I liked about CrashPlan:
The software is extremely easy to use – just a few clicks and you are ready to go! And it does this without skimping on important features.

What I did not like about CrashPlan:
You can’t schedule backups to run instantly and continuously; “hourly” is the fastest. (Instant backups are possible, but must be done manually.)

 
 
CrashPlan Review Wrap-Up:
Overall rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by: Paul Ryan
Date of original review: April 1, 2012
Date last updated: April 1, 2012

 

CrashPlan has a great service that worked smoothly throughout my testing. Whether I was backing up my files, restoring files, or syncing files, it worked. While I’m still a fan of Carbonite for their constant backup and priority backup features (and of course the red/yellow/green dots,) MyPC Backup is a viable contender in the online backup space and should be considered alongside the other popular services.

If you would like to try out CrashPlan, you can get started immediately by clicking the link below.

Official site: www.CrashPlan.com

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CrashPlan
Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by: Paul Ryan
Date of original review: August 3, 2012
Date last updated: August 15, 2012

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