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    05: Adjusting Settings For Optimal Backup

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

    Overview

    CrashPlan is designed to make minimal demands on your computer's resources. These initial settings favor quiet, background operation over speed. While entirely possible to complete your initial backup with these settings, many people want their initial backup to complete as fast as possible.

    We've outlined a few helpful settings below for speeding up your backup. You can reverse these settings at any time, but we recommend keeping them enabled until your initial backup is complete.

    Prevent Your Computer From Going To Sleep

    If your computer is asleep or turned off, CrashPlan doesn't run and therefore can't back up or restore files. Follow the link below for your operating system for instructions on disabling sleep for your computer:

    Windows
    Mac OS X

    Note: Some Macs can take "power naps." CrashPlan cannot back up or restore files during a power nap. To learn more about what power nap does, and how you can turn it on and off, see Apple's support documentation.

    For additional operating systems, see our article on optimizing computer energy settings.

    Adjust CrashPlan App Settings

    In addition to preventing your computer from going to sleep, we recommend adjusting the amount of your computer's processing power (CPU) CrashPlan is allowed to use. You can distinguish between the percentage allowed when you are working on the computer (present) and not working on the computer (away).​

    How Does CrashPlan Know I'm Away?
    The CrashPlan app uses keyboard and mouse activity to detect if you are present or away from your computer. 

    1. Open the CrashPlan app​ and go to Settings > General
    2. Increase the CPU percent for both away and present (for example 90% and 60%)
      Note: In Linux, CrashPlan always uses the “Away” setting
    3. Click Save

    ​​Adjust CPU percentage

    Tip
    If you notice that your system slows down or interferes with your work, you can always scale back the percentage CrashPlan is allowed to use.

    How much can I expect to back up to CrashPlan Central in a day? (CrashPlan for Home only)

    On average, you can expect your CrashPlan Central backup to progress by at least 10 GB of information a day, as long as your computer is powered on and not in standby mode. ​That's the equivalent of:

    • 6,800+ photos from a camera phone (at 1.5 MB per photo)
    • 1024 photos from a DSLR camera (at 10 MB per photo)
    • 1500+ MP3s (at 6.5 MB per song)
    • 8 full-length standard definition movies (at 1.2 GB per movie)

    What's Next?

    Now that you've optimized your computer and CrashPlan for faster backup, you're one step away from starting your backup! But first, click Next below to learn about your backup destination options.

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    13:38, 27 Oct 2014

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