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This article applies to Code42 for Enterprise version 5.

Other available versions:

Version 6 | Version 4icon.qnmark.png

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Create backup sets

This article applies to Code42 for Enterprise version 5.

Other available versions:

Version 6 | Version 4icon.qnmark.png


When you first start backing up, Code42 CrashPlan backs up to your default backup set. You can create additional backup sets so that different groups of files can back up to different locations and with different settings.

This tutorial includes important considerations as well as step-by-step instructions for creating backup sets.


This article assumes that you have permission to create backup sets. However, your administrator may disable the ability to create backup sets.

File exclusions

File exclusions specified for any backup set impact all sets backing up to the same destination.

For example, suppose Set A and Set B back up to an external hard drive destination. You create an exclusion for Set A indicating that files ending in .mp3 shouldn't back up. MP3s in Set B will back up to the destination normally, but these files are deleted from the destination during archive maintenance even though you haven't specified this exclusion for Set B.

Frequency and version settings

You can only apply one set of version and deleted file retention settings to backup sets backing up to the same destination. When multiple backup sets back up to the same destination, the version and deleted file retention settings from the backup set with the highest priority are applied to all sets backing up to that destination.

For example, backup Set 1 and Set 2 are both backing up to the same destination, and Set 1 has a higher priority than Set 2. You configure Set 1 to back up new versions of files every hour and Set 2 to back them up every 15 minutes. Both sets will back up according to their new versions settings. However, during archive maintenance on the backup destination, Set 2's retained versions are reduced to every hour because Set 1's settings take priority.

Create backup sets

Step 1: Create backup set

  1. From the CrashPlan app Home, click Details.
  2. Select the arrow next to your device name.
  3. Choose Add backup set.

Device details menu

Step 2: Manage files and destinations

  1. (Optional) Select Rename and enter a new backup set name.
  2. Next to File Selection, select Change.
  3. Select files to add to your backup set.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Next to Destinations, select Change.
  6. Choose a destination or add a local destination.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Select Add Set.
    Your backup set appears on the device details screen.

Add backup set

Step 3: Change backup settings

  1. From Details, select the backup set settings button next to your new backup set.
  2. Choose Settings.

Backup settings menu

  1. From Backup Set Settings, specify backup settings:
    • Next to Backup Schedule, select Change to set the time period during which CrashPlan is allowed to back up files.
    • Next to File Exclusions, select Change to add exclusions.
    • Next to Destinations, select Change to manage which destination the set is backing up to.
    • Next to Priority, select Change to specify the priority of the back up set.
  2. Click Done.

Create backup sets from the administration console

From the administration console, you can create and edit backup sets.

Step 1: Enable backup sets

Enable the backup sets feature to start creating backup sets:>

  1. Sign in to the administration console.
  2. Navigate to the device's device details:
    1. Click Devices.
    2. Select the device.
  3. From the action menu, choose Edit.
  4. Select Backup.
  5. Click Enable.

Step 2: Add backup set

Once backup sets are enabled, follow the steps below to complete setup of your backup set.

  1. Click Add.
  2. Enter the name for this backup set.
  3. (Optional) Change the priority for this backup set.
    New backup sets are assigned incrementally lower priority in the backup queue as you add them. You can adjust the priority for a selected backup set with the Priority control.
  4. Under File Selection, change the file selection by clicking Select Files to browse the computer. Alternatively, you can enter the file path and click +.
  5. In the Destinations window, select the destination for the new backup set.
  6. (Optional) Set Exclusions, Frequency And Versions, and Advanced Settings.
  7. Click Save.

View backup sets from the administration console

Device Details displays information for only one backup set at a time. To display other backup sets:

  1. Sign in to the administration console.
  2. Navigate to the device's device details:
    1. Click Devices.
    2. Select the device.
  3. Select Backup Sets.
    The default backup set is displayed.
  4. From General, click the name of the backup set.
    A list of additional backup sets displays.
  5. Select a different backup set.


Move files from one backup set to another

Since backup sets allow you to use different backup settings for different groups of files, you may decide that you want to move some files you have already backed up into a new backup set with different settings.

For example, your default backup set may include all files from your user folder and back up to a cloud destination every 15 minutes. If you want to change the backup settings for a folder of large video files so they only back up every hour, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure all of your existing backup sets are 100% backed up.
  2. Create a new backup set.
  3. Configure the new backup set to include the file selection, version and frequency settings, and any file exclusions.
  4. Allow all backup sets (both new and existing) to synchronize and reach 100% completion.
  5. Adjust the existing backup sets as needed by removing files from the selection or updating exclusions or version settings.
Keeping your files safe when creating new backup sets
Following the steps above ensures your files are completely backed up in both sets before you remove them from one set. In addition, if the backup sets use the same destination, you save time and bandwidth because CrashPlan uses data de-duplication to prevent the same file from being backed up twice.