Friday, March 22, 2013

CrashPlan – Difference between ‘Friends’ and ‘Computers’

In case you have always wanted to use the ‘Friends’ feature on Crashplan but ended up finding your friends computers in the ‘Computers' tab as shown here, here is just ca catch that even CrashPlan do not explain in their sites. I guess they find it pretty obvious and hence didn’t find it worthy to mention. But for newbies, it might seems tricky.
If you sign in using your own CrashPlan account in your other computers, it will show in the tab ‘Computers’ as CrashPlan will identify them as your own laptops and PCs. To view your other computers in the ‘Friends’ tab where you can set the ‘Storage Quota’ and other features, you will need to sign in to those other computers using separate CrashPlan accounts. For any further doubts, feel free to contact me. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

CrashPlan Backup Sets is an interesting feature

CrashPlan provides you with a flexibility in terms of backing up your selections. Most service providers only allow you to select what you want to backup at one go, then it backs up all together. But Crashplan offers a standard amount of priority which you can set amongst all your backup folders. This is a feature which is not present in any other backup application software.
For example you have two folders folder A and folder B to backup. And you want B to be backed up only when A is backed up every time because A contains the most important documents and needs to be backed up always. So you can just create a separate backup set for folder A and assign it a higher priority than B. That's it. As you can see below, I have scheduled the desktops of my PC to be backed up always. Then files from my Dropbox will be backed up to provide an additional security as all my vital docs are in Dropbox and Skydrive. Then my photos and videos from my external hard disk will be backed up.
imageIf that is not enough, you have the additional flexibility to set the configuration for each of your backup sets. For example, you want your desktops to be backed up only during the day time and the photos and videos during night time, you can easily set the settings to do just that. For that particular set, you can also set how many number of versions of your files you want to have. Of course, for your important files, you will always want to have more number of versions, than, say, your photos and videos which might change seldom. You can also set the number of places where you want to backup. For example below you can see I backup to CrashPlan’s cloud and another laptop, for the others you can also add just to another PC or laptop. As I have already imagementioned in my previous posts, with CrashPlan, you can continue to use it even without using CrashPlan’s cloud, you can backup to your friend’s using it.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Why Crashplan might survive the initial storm

Crashplan has all the reasons to die and move out of the cloud industry. But it has some unique features which might just help it to survive for longer than expected. The following are the features that will help Crashplan survive:

1. Excellent Technical Team – The brains behind this tool are great. They have very well thought out what might happen in literally every possible scenario. A glimpse at their FAQ section will confirm this.

2. Backup to friend feature – Crashplan offers a feature which no other provider does. You can backup to your friends computers using Crashplan instead of the Crashplan servers. Of course, the data will be encrypted and your friends cannot see your data. This feature will see lots of computers having Crashplan installed but without paying fees, because they are just backing up to their friends for free!