I don't know if my title managed to describe my question, so here is an example: Suppose i have two home computers A and B both running e.g. windows 7. B is my home server, and it has an extra hard drive just for files (no OS). Lets say I do my Crashplan backups from A to the file drive on B.

Assume that the B crashes, but that the file hard drive with the backup on it is still intact. At the same time A also crashes. I buy a new computer C with win 7 on which i want to restore the files stored on B:s intact drive to C. How do i do that with crashplan?

I don't seem to find an answer with google, if there is already an answer somewhere please post a link ;P. The closest thing seems to be crashplans adopt feature, but i don't understand how i should use that to do what i want.

  • The adopt feature is half of what you want. You'll want to tell C to "adopt" A's backups. That still leaves the question of how to access the backups on B, though. – Darth Android Jun 27 '13 at 19:27

The key here is to attach your archive to the CrashPlan software on Computer C.

Basic Step-by-step:

  1. Install CrashPlan on Computer C using existing un/pw

  2. Attach backup archive from B using these instructions:


  3. Restore for Computer A from Computer C (it'll say "(this computer)" next to it)

  4. If after restoring everything you want to continue backing up from Computer C as if it were Computer A, then you can adopt A to C. After adopting, CrashPlan will see that computer as Computer A, as if nothing had changed.

Don't adopt before restoring, it's unnecessary and can make for a confusing restore.

  • Ok thx! Attaching archive was exactly was i was looking for, suppose I didn't find it myself since I was too focused on "hard drive" as a keyword and forgot that "Archive" is the proper crashplan term. – Schaki Jun 28 '13 at 8:36

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.