This tutorial explains how to back up to a friend's computer. Backing up to a friend gives you the advantage of off-site protection, and it's free!
Your friend has invited you to back up with CrashPlan. It's free to back up to each other using your own computers. Follow the steps in the Accept a CrashPlan Invite tutorial to get started backing up.
Your friend receives an email message that explains what CrashPlan is and how to back up to each other. The message also includes a backup code so your friend can back up to the computer you chose to offer in step 6.
For full details and instructions for your friend, see our Accept a CrashPlan Invite tutorial.
After your friend has accepted your invitation and registered using the email address you provided, you friend's computer will appear in the list of backup destinations.
On the Backup tab, you can check on the status of your backup, stop a backup in progress, or resume a paused backup.
Your friend can also go directly to the CrashPlan app or be invited through My Account.
If you want to back up to someone who is already using CrashPlan, ask your friend to tell you the Backup Code that appears on the Friends page, then follow these steps.
Don't want to use friends as a backup destination? Hundreds of thousands of CrashPlan users back up to CrashPlan Central, our secure cloud storage system. When you’re backed up to CrashPlan Central, your backups are offsite, away from any mishaps that could befall your computer. Online backup to CrashPlan Central is included for subscribers of CrashPlan for Home. Learn more about CrashPlan subscription options.
When your friend's computer is offline, the connection between your computers is disconnected. Your computers can be disconnected at any time, and for any length of time—CrashPlan won't delete the files. When both computers are online, your backup will reconnect, and CrashPlan resumes backup from where it left off.
Your backup is stored in a folder labeled with the 18-digit computer ID that corresponds to the computer being backed up. The folder contains all of the elements of your backup in an encrypted archive format.
If a drive becomes too full for CrashPlan to continue backing up to it, the CrashPlan app reports Out of space at destination. To continue backing up, you can either move the backup archive to a larger drive, or reduce the size of the archive. Review our troubleshooting article for full details.