CrashPlan is designed to help you create a secure and comprehensive backup strategy. We strongly believe you shouldn't rely on a single destination for backup, even our cloud. That’s why CrashPlan gives you the ability to back up to multiple destinations and why we recommend you back up to onsite and offsite destinations.
Here are some options to consider for backing up to multiple destinations.
Onsite And Offsite Backups
With the CrashPlan app, you can back up to a computer you own, to a drive on or attached to your computer, to a friend's computer, as well as CrashPlan Central – or to any combination of these destinations. Both onsite and offsite destinations are explained below.
A comprehensive backup strategy includes backing up to multiple destinations, so while your files are stored safely on CrashPlan Central, you also have a local copy available for quick access. Destinations can either be onsite, meaning the destination is located in the same physical location as the computer it backs up, or offsite, meaning the destination is stored in a physical location separate from the computer it backs up.
Creating A Comprehensive Backup Strategy
The ideal backup solution uses Triple Destination Protection to ensure Speed, Access, and Protection.
- Two onsite destinations: an external hard drive attached to your computer and another computer on your same network
- One offsite destination: such as CrashPlan Central, on a friend's computer, or an offsite hard drive
This way, you have a complete backup no matter what the circumstance, and have redundancy if one backup destination is inaccessible or damaged.
Using Backup Sets to Manage Destinations
Using backup sets
, you can fine-tune the files backed up to each destination. For example, if you have information you only want stored in one location, or a couple files you only need backed up once a week instead of continuously, you can tailor the
CrashPlan app's settings to your needs.
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Speed and Protection
- Faster backups. Backing up over a local network or to an external drive takes less time than sending your files over the Internet.
- Faster restores. Restoring files from an onsite backup destination is much faster than restoring from an offsite one.
- Convenient. A local destination is very convenient when you need to recover from a computer crash and need to restore a lot of files.
Access and Protection
- No single point of failure. Because problems like theft, fire, power outages, or even Internet connection issues typically affect all the computers in a single location, backing up to offsite destinations reduces your risk of data loss and ensures you'll always be able to access your files when you need them.
- Out of harm's way. Having a couple of offsite destinations as part of your backup strategy ensures that you can retrieve your files in the event of a disaster that affects an entire facility or region.