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Free Onsite & Offsite Computer Backup

Designed for home users, with 1 or multiple computers, who are looking for a fast, secure, inexpensive and robust onsite, offsite AND cloud backup program, CrashPlan might just be the answer. Truly dependable computer backup means backing up to multiple locations – not just online – which until now could be complicated. CrashPlan automatically backs up to multiple destinations for FREE!

CrashPlan’s groundbreaking social backup concept makes it easy to back up to computers belonging to your network of friends or family for offsite backup, in addition to using your own computers and external drives for onsite backup. CrashPlan works on all your computers, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility either. The program works with Windows, MAC, Linux and Solaris operating systems.

Some of the features available include:

Automatic Backup
CrashPlan computer backup happens all by itself. Nothing to remember. No annoying popups. If backup is interrupted, CrashPlan automatically resumes when computers become available again.

Back Up Attached Drives
CrashPlan backup software can back up files and folders on attached drives. You can even remove and later reattach drives without restarting the backup. CrashPlan doesn’t care how long they’ve been disconnected either.

Unlimited File Size
Some data backup services limit the size of files you can back up. CrashPlan backup software has no restriction on file sizes.

Open / Locked File Support
On OS X and Linux, you can back up any open file. On Windows, CrashPlan uses Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy Service. If the application that created the open file does not support VSS, CrashPlan data backup software retries until the file is not busy.

Smart Backup
Data backups to different destinations occur one at a time. To ensure you’ll have a full backup at one location as soon as possible, CrashPlan automatically determines the order of your computer backups based on which destination will complete first. In general backups to local destinations happen before remote backup.

Backup Scheduling
If you want to control when computer backups take place, CrashPlan gives you the option to schedule your backup.

Transmission Efficiency and Compression
CrashPlan’s advanced backup software works to make your data backup as small as possible. In addition to minimizing bandwidth and storage requirements, small backups allow CrashPlan to work faster and invisibly. This is possible because:

  • Differential Backups: After the first backup completes, CrashPlan first checks for data that is already backed up and ignores it for subsequent backups. Subsequent computer backups are usually much smaller because they contain only new or changed information.
  • Data De-duplication: This data de-duplication happens at the block level, so even repeated information within a file, as well as across all files, is not backed up unnecessarily.
  • Compression: New / changed information is compressed before the backup is sent.

Flexible Restore Options
With CrashPlan backup software, you can go back in time and choose to restore specific versions of files based on date. You can also tell CrashPlan where to save the files when you restore and whether or not to rename them.

CrashPlan never throws anything away
Unlike other backup products, CrashPlan keeps your deleted files forever (unless you tell us not to.) No matter how much time passes after you delete a file, you can get it back. (Files backed up to CrashPlan Central are retained as long as you have an active subscription or free trial).

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Here’s a link listing the different features of each version of CrashPlan.

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