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General Settings Reference

Applies to:
  • CrashPlan for Home
  • CrashPlan PRO
  • CrashPlan PROe

Overview

The General page contains controls for basic settings related to:

  • Inbound backup configuration
  • When to consider the computer is not in use
  • CPU usage
  • Low battery options
  • Launching the menu bar (Mac) / notification area menu (Windows)
  • Changing the display language
  • Email notifications
  • Twitter configuration

General Settings

General Settings
 

Item Description
a Name for this computer   Name of the computer you are currently using.
b Inbound backup from other computers - Configure...
CrashPlan for Home and CrashPlan PROe only
Settings for disabling/enabling inbound backups. See Inbound Backup section for detailed list of settings.
c User is away when not active for
Windows and Mac only

Number of minutes of inactivity after which the user is considered “away”.

d When user is away, use up to    

Percent of CPU to use when user is not at the computer.There are certain cases when the CrashPlan app defaults to the away setting:

  • Windows: CrashPlan relies on the notification area menu to indicate when a user is away versus present. Consequently, if you do not launch the notification area menu, CrashPlan always uses the “away” setting. 
  • Linux: Linux does not have an identifier to indicate when a user is away versus present. Consequently, CrashPlan always uses the "away" setting.
e When user is present, use up to
Windows and Mac only

Percent of CPU to user when user is at computer (present).

f Stop when battery reaches
Windows and Mac only
Pause backup when remaining battery power is below this level.
g Launch menu bar
Mac only
Displays CrashPlan icon in menu bar.
g Launch notification area menu
Windows only
Displays CrashPlan icon in notification area.
h Show full file paths    

Show full path (sequence of drives and folders to navigate to files) wherever filenames appear on the Backup tab.

i Language

Language in which CrashPlan is displayed.

Automatic - CrashPlan displays the default language specified by your operating system.

Note: Changing the language creates a new history file. Your old history file will no longer be available, even if you switch back to the original language. You need to exit and restart the CrashPlan app before your new selection takes effect.

Backup Status and Alerts
j Delivery time    

Indicates when alerts can be delivered.

k Email
Configure…    
Configure settings for sending email status reports and alerts. See Email Configure section for complete details.
l

Twitter
Configure...
CrashPlan for Home​ version 3.6.3 or earlier on Windows and OS X only

Start the process for connecting CrashPlan with your Twitter account and specify when to receive alerts and status via Twitter. See Twitter Configure section for complete details.

m Undo Changes     Reset to previous settings (same effect as cancel).
n Save Apply changes.

Inbound Backup From Other Computers

CrashPlan for Home and CrashPlan PROe only

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Item Description
a Accept inbound backups

Enables or disables the option for other computers to use this computer as a backup destination. The following actions automatically enable inbound backups:

  • Starting a backup to this device from another computer on your account.
  • Enabling Accept inbound backups on this computer for an existing friend.
  • Inviting a friend to back up to you.
  • A friend enters your backup code on their device.

If you disable this setting:

  • Any existing inbound backup archives are deleted.
  • Your inbound backup code changes (if your code was previously used to allow inbound backup).
 

Selected - Allow this computer to be a backup destination.

 

Deselected - Do not allow this computer to be a backup destination.

b Backup Code Code you provide to others so that this computer can be used as a backup destination.
c Change Change the backup code. Click the Change button if you suspect your backup code is being used by unauthorized users and then share the new code with the people backing up to you.
d Perform shallow maintenance every n days

Checks the overall health of the archive and prunes versions and deleted files. This scan completes faster than the deeper maintenance.

e Perform deep maintenance every n days

Uses checksum of all data blocks to verify health of archive. This scan automatically occurs on each block silo that is able to reclaim space.

f Listen Bind address

IP address of the interface that listens for connections.

g Listen Port

The port the interface listens to for backup connections.

h Allow backup and restores to run

Always - CrashPlan is always able to receive backups and restore to other computers

i, j

Between specified times - CrashPlan accepts backups and restores only during the time range you specify. For example, you may want to run between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.

k You can also choose the days of the week that you want backups and restores to run.
l Default backup archive location Shows location on file system where backup archives are stored.
m Folder Change location where backup archives are stored.
n Cancel Clear changes to this window.
o Ok Accept changes to this window.

Email Configure

Email alerts are available for all versions of CrashPlan. However, email alerts may be disabled by an administrator in CrashPlan PROe.

Email Settings

Item Description
a Send Backup Status Report every    

Specify the number of days after which you want to receive your Backup Status Report. The default number of days is 7.

b Send Now     Click Send Now to receive a Backup Status Report immediately.
c Warn me when not backed up after    

Specify the number of consecutive days of not backing up after which you want to receive an alert. The default number of days is 3.

d Send Sample     Click Send Sample to send a sample warning.
e Alert me when not backed up after    

Specify the number of consecutive days of not backing up after which you want to receive an alert. The default number of days is 5.

f Send Sample     Click Send Sample to send a sample alert.
g From:     Email address sending status and alerts. Be sure to add this to your contact list!
h To:     Email address receiving status and alerts.
i Cancel     Cancels changes you made to this page.
j Ok     Saves your changes.

Twitter Configure

Only available for Windows and OS X CrashPlan for Home users who connected a Twitter account in version 3.6.3 or earlier. 

Configure Twitter so you can begin receiving backup status reports and backup alerts via your Twitter account.

Twitter Settings

Deselected - No warning will be sent via Twitter.

Item Description
a Authorize Click to begin CrashPlan / Twitter authorization.
b Send backup status every   

Receive backup status via Twitter.

   

Selected - Backup status will be sent via Twitter.

 

Deselected - No backup status will be sent via Twitter.

c — days    

Specify the number of days after which you want to receive backup status. The default number of days is 1.

d Send Now     Click Send Now to receive a status immediately.
e Warn me when not backed up after     Receive warning via Twitter.
 

Selected - Warning will be sent via Twitter.

 

Deselected - No warning will be sent via Twitter.

f — days     Specify the number of consecutive days of not backing up after which you want to receive an warning. The default number of days is 3.
g Send Sample     Click Send Sample to send a sample warning.
h Alert me when not backed up after    

Receive alert from Twitter.

 

Selected - Alert will be sent via Twitter.

 

Deselected - No alert will be sent via Twitter.

i — days    

Specify the number of consecutive days of not backing up after which you want to receive an alert. The default number of days is 5.

j Send Sample     Click Send Sample to send a sample alert.
k Encourage your followers to back up with tweet     Indicates whether you want to tweet your followers to encourage them to back up with CrashPlan.
  Selected - Your followers will be notified.
  Deselected - Your followers won't be notified.
l Text     Message to send your followers.
m Notify your followers that they can back up to you     Indicates whether you want to tweet your followers to back up to you.
  Selected - Your followers will be notified.
  Deselected - Your followers won't be notified.
n Text     Message to send your followers.
o Cancel     Cancels changes you made to this page.
p Ok     Saves your changes.

Twitter Authorize

Feature available in CrashPlan for Home for Mac and Windows only.

Completing this form is a private communication between you and Twitter; CrashPlan never receives the information you enter here. Complete this form to authorize CrashPlan to send you status and alerts via Twitter.

Twitter Authorization

Item Description
a Username or email address     Enter your Twitter username or email address that is associated with your Twitter account.
b Password     Enter your Twitter password.
c Authorize app Click to submit the information on this form to Twitter and enable CrashPlan to send messages to your Twitter account.
d Cancel Click to close the form and go back to the previous page.
e PIN Enter the PIN that Twitter displays (after you complete the form)
f Cancel Cancels changes you made to this page.
g Ok Saves your changes and completes the authorization.