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    Backing Up To Another Computer You Own

    Applies to:
    • CrashPlan for Home
    • CrashPlan PROe


    You can use other computers you own to create a convenient onsite backup destination. Backing up to other computers is always free, with or without a subscription to CrashPlan for Home.


    • Reliability: All destinations are vulnerable to disasters that affect the destinations' physical locations, such as a fire. We recommend backing up to both onsite and offsite destinations for maximum backup protection.
    • Speed: Backups and restores between computers rely on an Internet connection to transfer files. Depending on the size of your file selection, your initial backup can take awhile if you rely solely on an Internet connection. You can reduce the time required to back up by "seeding" your backup locally.

    Folder Destinations
    You cannot set a backup archive size limit for folder destinations with the CrashPlan app. Make sure your destination folder or drive has enough space for your backup. If you run out of space at the destination, you can move the archive to a new location.


    In this example, we back up Marvin's Mac to Marvin's Windows Desktop.

    Step 1: Install CrashPlan On Both Computers

    1. Install the CrashPlan app on both computers
    2. Sign in to the CrashPlan app on both computers using your account credentials
      It is important to sign with the same account on both computers

    Step 2: Start Backup

    1. From the CrashPlan app on the computer you want to back up (e.g., Marvin's Mac), go to Destinations > ComputersComputer Destination
    2. Select the computer to be used as the backup destination (e.g., Marvin's Windows Desktop) from the list of your computers
    3. Click Start Backup

    If you would like both computers to back up to each other, repeat Step 2 from your other computer.

    You can change where backup data is stored to direct data to a specific location, such as an external drive. When you select a new backup location, CrashPlan moves the entire backup archive so that all the archived data is in the same place.
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    12:57, 2 Apr 2015



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