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CrashPlan – free automatic online backup


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CrashPlan is a free online backup service which offers quick and easy file storage plus. The plus bit comes in the form of a clever feature which lets you back up files to a friend’s computer or to another computer on your network. This effectively gives you peer to peer archiving with a simple user interface.

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The free version is advertising supported, although if you make use of their online server option you will pay $5.00 a month for 50 GB storage. Of course the big issue with online storage, as the company admits, is it’s pretty useless for large scale archiving above a few gigabyte, so local or P2P is a nice free option that most people will probably use. If you’re in the market for a backup solution, then this is definitely worth a look. Cross platform – Mac, PC, Linux. And Solaris!

 With CrashPlan you have the freedom to choose your backup destinations. Back up your new Mac to your old PC, your laptop to a friend’s desktop, whichever you want. Worried about using too much space on a friend’s computer? Just attach a USB drive and back up to it using CrashPlan.

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Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.



  • Elly

    I prefer Memopal to CrashPlan because I love Memopal value proposition:

    – Multiple PC with the same license
    – Multi-Platform: Win, Mac, Iphone, Linux
    – Real 150Gb of space no hidden limitations!
    – Web and Mobile access.
    – Continuos Data Protection
    – a Fast and Relevant search function.

  • http://www.nextadvisor.com/online_backup_services/index.php Online Backup

    Seems like this has some interesting features- particularly the multi-OS support and friend to friend file sharing options. That being said, what are your thoughts on trusting your data storage to a totally free provider? I'd be somewhat worried that the old adage of "you get what you pay for" may come into play. Although, I guess there is no downside to trying it out as long as a user doesn't solely rely on this service for data backups.

  • Greg

    I don't know it looks to cheap. I personally prefer Novosoft Remote Backup Service (http://www.remotedatabackup.net). They at least guarantee the high level of security, and also provide free backup software to help me organize the local backup plan.

  • Greg

    The link I posted seems broken. Here is the correct one: http://www.remotedatabackup.net

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