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Crashplan - One year of free single PC cloud backup
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Crashplan - One year of free single PC cloud backup

zhuanyizhuanyi Member
edited September 2012 in General

Discussed in one of the previous topics but I think it was not emphasized, so I am opening a topic for this.

Basically, make sure you have a US IP (hint: VPN?), go to this address: https://www.crashplan.com/carboniteswitcher/

Enter any email address (note: one email per IP)

You will be able to get a one year free cloud backup on Crashplan Central or a family pack (up to 10 PC) for 50. Check your email for the activation code.

I have a desktop and a laptop, both of them are now backup to Crashplan Central :)

Thanked by 1rm_
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  • confirmed.. works.. - signup from US IP, backup from Asialand PC :)

  • I'd rather not back up all my info on some random company's cloud.

    Whats so bad about local backups?

    Thanked by 1Randy
  • Do you need to keep on using the US ip when using it? or just when you register

    Thanked by 1jcaleb
  • blah, i have about 10 TB of porn, it will take me 10 years to back it all up to the cloud

  • @Pats, wah you use mac ah. lol

    when i saw the message where it says "US Only" really turns me off ;(

  • Cheers, worked great. Just used my US web proxy.

  • KuJoeKuJoe Member, Host Rep
    edited September 2012

    I've been using their business trail and not sure what to think about them. I've backed up a few TB of data but not sure how to delete it from their system. I delete the folders from the server and remove the folders from the backup cycle so it stops backing them up but keeps the backups even though their docs say it should delete them. Right now it makes for an extremely cheap secondary off-site backup for us (Less than $8/month to backup all of our backups).

  • @Randy said: @Pats, wah you use mac ah. lol

    You SURE?

  • @DanielM said: Do you need to keep on using the US ip when using it? or just when you register

    Just during registration, nobody cares where you backup from :)

  • @Randy said: when i saw the message where it says "US Only" really turns me off ;(

    I am sure you have a US-based VPS to set up openVPN somewhere :)

  • @DanielM said: Do you need to keep on using the US ip when using it? or just when you register

    just when you hit that link, put your email address and click that submit button (don't remember the text on the button :) )

  • rm_rm_ Member, IPv6 Advocate

    I have backed up about 600 GB to them, and I have an impression that the more the total backup size is, the more CPU it uses during backing up. Started off with 30-40% CPU, now uses 70-80% all the time. Does anyone notice a similar thing?

  • @MannDude said: I'd rather not back up all my info on some random company's cloud.

    Whats so bad about local backups?

    true, i'm just testing the rar files i'm feeding there are double password (strong) protected.. - 7zip'd with password then rar'd the .7z with passwaord :P

    one advantage over local backups is that you can get that urgent file from anywhere...

  • @Randy said: wah you use mac ah. lol

    no lah... poor me.. still on XP apple theme :D

  • jarjar Member, Patron Provider

    Nice find! Crash plan is pretty respected from what I've read. Seem to have a good thing going. I've been meaning to give them a shot. Who knows, maybe in a year I'll actually renew ;)

  • Only thing that worries me is what @KuJoe said about how long data is stored for after being deleted.

    Thanked by 1n0my
  • Make sure to encrypt your data well, then they can store it for as long as they want. They can even use it if they want - to seed their random number generators, for instance ;-)

  • jarjar Member, Patron Provider

    Oh well they can watch 2TB of church camp videos if they want ;)

  • @rds100 said: Make sure to encrypt your data well, then they can store it for as long as they want. They can even use it if they want - to seed their random number generators, for instance ;-)

    They can view my files?

  • @DanielM said: They can view my files?

    Who knows? That's why you should always encrypt your data.

  • We just started using Crashplan / had been using Carbonite , used the promo link and got the family plan for up to 10 computers. so for the same price I was going to pay for 2 computers with Carbonite , I now am backing up user files of 4 computers / nice thing about crashplan is yes you can use their software for local backup as well and just store what you want in the cloud ... The service is much improved over the last time I reviewed them about 1 year ago it seems. Works great !

  • @rm_ My CPU on my laptop runs about 30 to 40% at the start and still runs the same , I have about 90% backup complete , perhaps take a peek at your resources

  • KuJoeKuJoe Member, Host Rep

    @rm_ said: Does anyone notice a similar thing?

    In the beginning the CPU was at 75-80%, now it's at less than 10% most of the time.

    What I like about CrashPlan is you can run it on a linux VPS with just CLI.

  • @KuJoe said: What I like about CrashPlan is you can run it on a linux VPS with just CLI.

    Yes, I use that with a few high-storage VPS to run my own backup network, LOL :)

  • Aww yeah spreading the word.

    Just so you know I haven't noticed any slowdown while playing a few games. (SC2, Black Mesa, a few others)

  • @DanielM said: They can view my files?

    Based on the bit I've read, it sounds like they implement something similar to this diagram on the PGP wiki: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Good_Privacy

    So some amount of data is encrypted with a random key, and then that random key is in turn encrypted with a master key. The encrypted data and encrypted key are then sent to the backup server for storage.

    By default this master key resides on their servers and is protected by your account password. Since they specifically mention that you can reset the account password if you forget it, I assume that means THEY can also reset the account password. If that's true then that means they could get access to your master key, which then means they can decrypt your data.

    So no, they can't directly view your files, but yes I think they could if they really wanted to.

    Using one of the other two security options (using a private password, or your own security key) should prevent that. But then you only have their word to take, so even then your data isn't guaranteed to be safe.

  • rm_rm_ Member, IPv6 Advocate

    @KuJoe said: In the beginning the CPU was at 75-80%, now it's at less than 10% most of the time.

    Well that's because you have uploaded everything, and now sending only minor changes, right. But I was talking about the CPU usage while the (initial) large upload is still in progress, it seems to use more and more CPU as time goes on.

  • thanks heaps!

  • KuJoeKuJoe Member, Host Rep

    @rm_ said: But I was talking about the CPU usage while the (initial) large upload is still in progress, it seems to use more and more CPU as time goes on.

    You can set the CPU limits in the application (I set the max to 80% and it never went over that from what I saw).

  • @rm_ said: Does anyone notice a similar thing?

    Have you had a look at the data de-duplication setting? I remember seeing some tests performed awhile ago that indicated this was both a throughput killer and a bit of a cpu hog. So I'd try changing to Minimal (can't turn off unfortunately) to see if that makes a difference.

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