Once you've decided what files you want to back up, and which destinations you want to use, your job is almost done! Now all you have to do is click start, sit back, and let CrashPlan do its thing.
From the Backup tab, simply click Start Backup to begin backing up to a destination like CrashPlan Central or an external hard drive.
Once you start your backup, we encourage you to close the CrashPlan app and let your backup continue to work behind the scenes. Understandably, though, many people want to know how their backups are progressing.
To expand details about the number of files remaining, the number of files completed, and your current sending rate, click the more info icon. CrashPlan estimates the total time that it will take to upload your files based on current network speeds and what type of data it encounters. However, because your speed will fluctuate, this estimate will fluctuate as well.
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:
Even under ideal conditions, the initial upload process can take a while. Backup times may range anywhere from a few days to a month or more, depending on your upload speed and the total size of the files you have selected to back up. In the meantime, CrashPlan does its best to make sure your most critical work is getting backed up immediately, and that you have a complete backup archive at one destination as soon as possible.
Furthermore, CrashPlan prioritizes backup activity to ensure all your selected files are completely backed up at one destination before starting backup to another. To accomplish this, CrashPlan determines which destinations will back up the fastest in this order:
So just what exactly is CrashPlan doing anyway? CrashPlan doesn't merely upload or copy your files to your destinations. Rather, CrashPlan is designed to intelligently scan your files, minimize the bandwidth and storage needed to back up your files, and securely encrypt your files before they even leave your computer.
Now that you've started your backup, it's just a matter of time before you experience the peace of mind that comes from backing up your files. Click Next below to learn learn about monitoring your backup status.