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Where are my files?

Applies to:
  • Code42 CrashPlan (previously CrashPlan PROe)


If you notice that some or all of your files appear to be missing from Get Files, read this tutorial to troubleshoot the issue.

Under the hood

There are several possible causes:

  • Files were removed from the file selection and were consequently removed from the archive
  • Files were deleted from the source device and now they are marked as deleted in the archive
  • Issues with CrashPlan's local cache files

Follow the recommended solution below to determine what is causing the issue as well as how to fix it.

Recommended solution

Step 1: Confirm the files are included in your backup file selection

First, check your file selection in Details > Manage Files to confirm that the files are included in your backup file selection. Removing files or folders from the backup file selection also deletes them from your backup. If necessary, update your file selection to include the files.

If the files were moved to a location outside of the backup file selection, you can add the new location to your file selection. CrashPlan will de-duplicate the data. This way, CrashPlan only backs up information about the new location and any changes since the last backup. CrashPlan will not resend data that is already in your backup archive to your destinations.

Step 2: Check your deleted files

If files were deleted from the source device, they remain in the archive for as long as your deleted file retention settings specify. To view and download deleted files:

  1. From Home, select Get Files.
  2. Click the options menu.
  3. Choose Include deleted files.
    A trash can icon to the right of a file denotes a deleted version.
  4. Select the files you want to download, and click Get Files.

Step 3: Clear your cache

If the previous steps haven't resolved the issue, your CrashPlan app may have cache issues. If you see all the following conditions, this may indicate a problem with your local CrashPlan cache:

  • Get Files displays “No files found”
  • Backup says it is 100% complete, or has recently been 100% complete
  • Files display in the Get Files screen if you search for a specific file that you know has been backed up
  • Files are available via web restore

This is a display issue and is normally resolved by clearing your CrashPlan cache so the cache can rebuild itself. Clearing the cache is a safe operation and no backup data is at risk. To clear your cache:

  1. Stop the Code42 service.
  2. Navigate to the cache directory for your operating system:
    • Windows: C:\ProgramData\CrashPlan\cache
      To view this hidden folder, open a file browser and paste the path in the address bar. If you installed per user, see the file and folder hierarchy for file locations.
    • OS X: /Library/Caches/CrashPlan
      To view this hidden folder, open the Finder, press Command+Shift+G, and paste the path. If you installed per user, see the file and folder hierarchy.

    • Linux: /usr/local/crashplan/cache

CrashPlan Cache Folder Mac

  1. Delete all files and folders found within this folder.
    OS X only: When prompted, enter your password.
  2. Empty your device's trash.
  3. Start the Code42 service.
Is my backup starting over?
Upon issuing the command, CrashPlan immediately erases its cache files on your device and starts synchronizing your file selection to your backup destinations. While it may look like the backup process is starting over, CrashPlan is rebuilding your cache. Please allow CrashPlan time to complete this process.