Can CrashPlan do what I need it to do?
May 28, 2014 10:26 PM Subscribe
I am trying to migrate everything from Dropbox to CrashPlan, and the support person I talked to claimed he doesn't know what Dropbox is and couldn't help me.
posted by massofintuition to Technology (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
For work, I have a lot of large audio (wav) files that I generate and need to backup in at least 2 locations. One of them is an external hard drive, which is pretty straightforward to use. The other used to be Dropbox, and now I want it to be CrashPlan, because it's 1/3 the price of Dropbox for unlimited storage. I also like the fact that CrashPlan doesn't download a version of the cloud onto your computer, taking up hard drive space.
I've purchased the 1 year, $5/month CrashPlan subscription, and so far I've just been tearing my hair out.
My laptop is what I take to work and where I initially generate and store these files. I am running out of room on the hard drive, as it only has 94.1 GB. Apparently choosing a SSD wasn't the best idea if I wanted more room, which I didn't know at the time I bought my laptop, a Lenovo T530.
So my question to the support person was: how do I upload something onto CrashPlan and then delete it from my laptop hard drive to save space? From what I could gather from our confusing conversation, CrashPlan will automatically backup whatever's on my laptop, and then I can delete it from my laptop, and it will still be in CrashPlan.
Now my other question is: my PC is actually my main computer, the one I have the "CrashPlan Central" on. I was under the impression that both my computer and laptop would have CrashPlan Central, but now I realize only one of them can have it. So I'm backing up my laptop to my PC. At work, I don't have internet. So my plan is to just wait until I get home and backup my laptop to my PC. Does this sound like a good plan?
Also, everything in my Dropbox is ostensibly backed up in CrashPlan (I see it when I go to my restore tab), but what will happen when I uninstall Dropbox? My worst nightmare is that it takes all my files with it.
Is there a less convoluted way to do all this? Some other service that both syncs and backs up? Something I do often with Dropbox is I make changes to a file on my laptop, come home and connect to the internet, then have those changes sync to the same file on my PC and then do further editing on PC. As far as I know, CrashPlan can't do this. So now I'm thinking I will still need to keep paying for Dropbox for the syncing feature... and I still need to learn to use CrashPlan.
Sorry if this was all very confusing, and thanks for any help you can provide.