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CrashPlan is automatic backup software that allows users to back up data to attached drives /shared folders, an offsite data center, and computers belonging to colleagues, friends and relatives.

CrashPlan is file based backup that concentrates on protecting your data. It does not do "bare metal" or full system backup or recovery.


Free Service
Basic: Free to backup to attached drive, or computer belonging to friends and family

Paid for Service
See website
Code 42 Software, Inc.


System Requirements
Kernel 2.6.x
CPU: 1GHz+
RAM: 1GB or more
HD: 50MB free drive space

Java Runtime Environment

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Features include:

  • Back up to multiple destinations to ensure your files are protected in any situation
  • Advanced compression technology
  • Scheduling
  • Identifies duplicate files and parts of files and stores them only once
  • File Inclusion / Exclusion
  • Incremental and differential backups
  • Uses industrial grade 128-bit private key encryption (448-bit encryption for CrashPlan+) with files encrypted before transfer, and archive tampering detection
  • Unlimited versioning
  • Restore:
    • Quick recovery
    • Guaranteed restore - runs integrity tests on your backup files to make sure that they are in good health
    • Multiple file versions
    • Remote retrieval
  • Web restore
  • Bandwith throttling
  • Remote web administration
  • Email notification
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant
  • CrashPlan+ offers unlimited storage, ad-free, continuous protection, and priority support

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