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    Be A Destination

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    Applies to:
    • CrashPlan for Home


    This tutorial explains how to set up a computer to be a backup destination for another computer. For example, if your college student wants to back up her laptop to the family's desktop computer back home, you can set up the desktop to be a destination for the laptop.


    • Both you and your student will need separate CrashPlan accounts.
    • You'll need to have your desktop computer available and powered on in order for your student to be able to back up or restore her files.
    • You will not be able to see the files your student backs up to your home desktop. Even though the backup data is stored on your home computer, it is encrypted and can only be accessed with your student's account information.
    • Because backing up and restoring takes place over the Internet, the initial backup and a complete restore could take many, many hours. Your student can jump start the backup process by "seeding" the backup locally.


    1. Download and install CrashPlan on the desktop computer.
      The set-up assistant will guide you through the rest of the installation.
    2. Start the CrashPlan app CrashPlan Icon  on the home desktop computer and create your CrashPlan account if you have not done so already.
    3. From the Backup tab in the Backup Sources section, note the 6-digit backup code.

    Backup Code

    1. On the laptop, download and install CrashPlan if it is not already installed.
      The set-up assistant will guide you through the rest of the installation.
    2. Start the CrashPlan app CrashPlan Icon  on the laptop computer and create a CrashPlan account for your student if you have not done so already.
    3. Go to Destinations > Friends.
    4. In the “Is your friend already running CrashPlan?” section, enter the backup code for the desktop computer. 

    1. Click Save.
    2. (Optional) If you want to change the files to include in the backup, go to Backup > Files > Change... on the laptop.

    At this point you have a choice:

    1. If the laptop and the desktop computer are connected via a network, you can click Start Backup to start backing up right away.
    2. If you have space available on a removable hard drive, you can back up the laptop to it and then attach the archive folder to the desktop.

    You can limit the amount of disk space that friends are allowed to use for backup on a friend-by-friend basis.

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