How to use CrashPlan to back up data from computer.
Open the CrashPlan App, by clicking on the CrashPlan tray icon located in the Task Bar (Windows) or the Menu Bar (Mac).
Click on the Gear menu at the bottom right of the application.
Choose Options from the drop down menu, sign in if prompted.
You are presented with the home screen that will display your computers using the Desktop Backup (CrashPlan) service.
To begin the backup process, click the Details button in the CrashPlan client app's main window and click on the "Run backup now" link for the computer you want to run a backup on.
By default, CrashPlan is configured to back up the entire User folder (aka "home directory", "home folder", or "profile"). In most cases, this will encompass all of the documents, settings, and other data, so there's no need to adjust any settings. Should you need to back up something outside of the user folder you can follow these steps to do so. If you are aware of additional locations containing data to be backed up, you can add those locations by clicking on the Manage Files button on the Details screen.
Note that, once you click the Run backup now button, CrashPlan will, from that point onward, continue to automatically back up any and all files in the user folder (and any other folders specified), even when the CrashPlan client application isn't running.
Also note that we do not recommend backing up any applications, because they often install important support files and settings in multiple, sometimes-obscure locations, and therefore will not restore correctly if you only back up the application file itself.
Restoring from backup
Instructions on restoring files from your backup set can be found in this KB article.
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