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CrashPlan is designed as a continuous backup solution. That means, as long as you’re creating and editing files, CrashPlan’s work is never really done. However, after your initial backup completes, incremental backups generally require less computer resources and complete much faster. This article describes how to stay informed about the status of your backups.
From the CrashPlan app, click the more info icon for a particular backup destination to view CrashPlan's To do list. The To do list reports the number of files left to back up, as well as the total size of those files.
As your initial backup completes, CrashPlan's To do list shrinks. The CrashPlan app reports Backup complete when there are zero files left to back up.
Note: If there isn't a one-to-one relationship between the number of files you have recently created or edited and CrashPlan's To do list, it's nothing to worry about. CrashPlan is simply counting the behind-the-scenes files that you don't typically interact with (or even see!).
CrashPlan emails you backup status reports and alerts to keep you informed about your backup status, including:
To adjust when reports are sent, and the thresholds for warnings and alerts, go to Settings > General in the CrashPlan app and click Configure email.
Here's a sample backup report of one computer, Marvin's iMac, backing up to two destinations.
Note: The Backed Up % may display a drop in percentage if the report generates while CrashPlan is running a full file verification scan. Your backup is okay! After the scan completes, the percentage will return to normal.
You can also check your backup status online from the CrashPlan web app. The CrashPlan web app reports the percentage of your backup that is complete, as well as the length of time that's elapsed since the computer last started a backup.
To check your status from the CrashPlan web app:
Even if your initial backup takes awhile, you can start restoring files almost immediately! Click Next below to learn about restoring files.