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I am thinking about using Crashplan as a backup solution. I am planning on making incremental backups of my computer (Daily, Monthly, Yearly). The archive file that Crashplan uses for incremental backups is a proprietary format.

My question is:

  • How would I restore from a Crashplan proprietary archive if Crashplan goes out of business?
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Have you asked Crashplan? – alroc Mar 6 '13 at 18:41
@alroc asked 6 days ago, waiting on response. – Steven smethurst Mar 6 '13 at 18:42
@techie007 Different question, They are asking about remote backups while I am asking about restoring incremental backups in their proprietary format. – Steven smethurst Mar 6 '13 at 18:47
Note that CrashPlan does not do the kind of incremental backups you talk about because it doesn't need to. It is a much better solution overall than traditional backups. – Julian Knight Mar 7 '13 at 14:47
up vote 4 down vote accepted

According to this SU answer from a Crashplan employee answering "Will crashplan offsite backup work if crashplan goes out of business?":

Restore functions without our infrastructure - provided you have access to backup set. (I.e. local backup, or another computer) So no risk there.

Also see their FAQ:

Local Restore (your computers) and Guest Restore (friend computers) allow you to restore directly to the computer with your backup archives


And Step-By-Step's:

3) From the Backup destination list, choose the destination from which you want to restore. If you have a subscription to CrashPlan Central, it will be listed in the Backup destination list.

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Yes it works, BUT HOW!? – Steven smethurst Mar 6 '13 at 18:52
Added some links to their site's instructions. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Mar 6 '13 at 18:58

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