CrashPlan Review

Quick Intro: CrashPlan ( by Code42 is one of the leaders in the cloud storage world. Since its creation, CrashPlan has been a successful online backup solution among both personal and business users. This is pretty rare as most other solutions tend to do well in one domain and not the other.

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  • Review Summary
  • Storage & Features
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  • Installation
We were very pleased by CrashPlan’s features, robustness and user-friendliness. Although SOS Backup has a better offering for invidivudals with 1 computer to backup, we have ranked CrashPlan #1 for people or families with up to 10 computers to backup. Just like SOS, CrashPlan offers unlimited storage and unlimited versioning. CrashPlan also has a 448-bit blowfish file encryption protocol, one of the strongest in the industry. CrashPlan encrypts files before transmission with a user-defined key, which means that no one else but the user can access the content of the files.


Pros of CrashPlan

  • Lowest price to backup multiple computers (up to 10)
  • Interface is really user-friendly.
  • Can ship an external hard drive to your door for emergency restore.
  • Smart backup offers lots of cool features.
  • Automatic backup is easy to set and forget.
  • It’s just $40 a year for unlimited storage and backup.

Cons Of CrashPlan

  • Upload speed could be faster.
  • Software does not provide file sharing or syncing.
  • Multiple backups on different computers offered on only one plan.

CrashPlan Backup Storage Space & Pricing

CrashPlan has four different plans for users.


  • With this plan, you pay nothing and receive 30 days of online backup, automatic once-a-day backups, online support, 128-bit file encryption and back up to other computers. However, there is no cloud storage included, and you also lose access to seeded backup. Your file versions are also limited on this plan, and there is no mobile app file access, web browser file access or restore-to-door courier service.


  • With this plan, you pay as low as $3.96 per month with a four-year subscription. If you go month-to-month, this plan is $5.99 per month. This plan offers everything you don’t get with the free plan and includes unlimited online storage, minute-by-minute backups, 448-bit file encryption, three ways of customer support, seeded back and access files anywhere through mobile app and browser. However, this is only for one computer.


  • The family plan is the same as the individual plan, but it costs $13.99 for month-to-month and allows you to install CrashPlan on two or more computers. Only one user is allowed, and you don’t receive any real time dashboard reporting, which is only available through the business plan.


  • With the business plan, you also receive unlimited online backup, user management controls, back up to external hard drives, continuous backups by the minute, 448-bit file encryption, customer support, mobile app access and real-time dashboard reporting. This costs $9.99 per month per computer for up to 200 computers.

Security & Encryption

Code42 offers three security options for more archive encryption. CrashPlan provides for encryption on backup files before any data can go to the backup destination. You can protect files with an account password, archive key password, custom key, encryption key and secured key. CrashPlan also uses 128-bit Blowfish to encrypt files on free plans, but if you are a subscriber, you receive 448-bit Blowfish encryption.

Bandwidth and Upload/Download Speed

Code42 claims that CrashPlan is designed to use minimal resources on your computer’s Internet connection, which should mean that the settings favor a fast background operation that doesn’t use up much bandwidth. However, upload and download speeds tend to be a bit slow with CrashPlan. CrashPlan also shares bandwidth with other users when backup up to online storage, which is why upload speeds don’t match a user’s Internet provider speeds.

File Versioning

CrashPlan allows for unlimited file versions for subscriber plans. The software is able to track multiple versions of each file as it backs up and saves changes over time. The software takes snapshots that can be restored from the archive and revert to the file’s previous state.

File Sharing

Unfortunately, CrashPlan does not allow for any file sharing on its free plan. If you are a subscriber and choose Family or Business plans, then you can share with added computers up to a certain amount. These are also only available to those who use the mobile access app. CrashPlan does not allow you to share or collaborate on files with other users or send links to files on the cloud.


CrashPlan also does not have syncing for free plans. However, if you are a subscriber and have the Family or Business plan, your files are synced between added devices. However, you cannot add a ton of devices for free using these plans. The devices are also limited to your computer and possibly one mobile device.

Maximum File Size Limit

There are no file size limits, file type restrictions or bandwidth throttling on CrashPlan if you are a subscriber. Free plans are not allowed unlimited file sizes, but CrashPlan also does not state what the file size limit is.

Download: Click here to sign up & download CrashPlan
Code42 recommends looking to see if your computer is compatible with the minimal system requirements for operating the software. In addition, CrashPlan PROe is different and must be installed by a system administrator on your machine.

1. Download the latest version of CrashPlan for your operating system. There’s CrashPlan for Home, CrashPlan PRO and CrashPlan PROe.

2. Double-click the .EXE file after it downloads to start the CrashPlan installer. You’ll receive prompts to walk you through the default installation. For Macs, you should double-click the .DMG file and then double-click “Install CrashPlan.”

3. Follow the prompts to setup the location of your CrashPlan software.

4. Create your CrashPlan account or sign in with an existing account.

Code42 also provides software for Linux. To install on a Linux, you have to download the latest version for the operating system.

1. Download your version of the CrashPlan.
2. Extract the TGZ file to your Downloads folder or whatever location you choose. Open Terminal and enter “cd ~/Downloads/CrashPlan-install” and then press the Enter key.
3. Now enter sudo // and press Enter.
4. Press Enter again and advance through the prompts. Once you get to the End User License Agreement, read through it and then enter “Yes” and press Enter.
5. Answer the remaining prompts with Yes or No answers to finish setup. CrashPlan will open after installation completes.

Select a tab below to see our detailed review of CrashPlan:

Review Overview

Value for Money - 87%
Storage Space - 100%
Ease-Of-Use - 95%
Features - 78%
Security & Privacy - 92%
Speed - 84%
Customer Support - 80%



Summary : CrashPlan is a great choice for bot personal and business users. They have a wide variety of plans to fit everyone's needs.

User Rating: 4.5 ( 1 votes)

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