How to move from CrashPlan for Home to another backup solution

If you’ve read any articles about Mac-based local and cloud backup software and services by me or any other long-time tech writers, you’ll know that, first, we largely recommended Code42’s CrashPlan for Home and, second, that we have long also had concerns about it. That turned out reasonable, given that Code42 has announced the end of its Home product.

Why did we like it so much? It was comprehensive, letting you back up nearly anything to anything: from a computer to external drives; from one computer to another you controlled for networked or remote backup; from one computer to a peer, a computer run by a friend or colleague, with full encryption so that person didn’t need to worry about protecting your files; and to CrashPlan’s central cloud servers. It also had two strong options for user-controlled encryption.

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CrashPlan’s funky old client will be no more soon.

But that was balanced with how ugly, awkward, and slow the Java-based client software was. Yes, Java! Code42 had promised a native Mac client starting years ago, which it delivered—only to business users. Over the last few years, it got rid of multi-year, highly discounted subscriptions, and a method of seeding a backup by sending a hard drive and the complementary method of restoring by having them send a backup on a drive to you.

On August 22, Code42 announced it will discontinue its home offering, focusing instead on business and enterprise customers. While I long expected it, Code42’s reassurances over the years feel a bit like ashes to those that stuck with the software.

They’re not shutting down their Home servers tomorrow, or even soon, but if you’re a user, you could wind up with a decision point to make in as soon as 60 days. I have suggestions for how you can shift your backup strategy and enhance it.

Migrating to another Code42 service

Code42 will stop operating its CrashPlan for Home cloud services on October 22, 2018. As of August 22, it no longer offers renewals or new subscriptions. All customers received a two-month extension on their expiration date to make sure nobody was canceled immediately. (There are no refunds, which seems unfair to recent subscribers. Without offering legal advice, you can check with your state’s consumer-protection agency about whether this violates regulations in your state.)

But here’s the problem. If you’re using CrashPlan in any reasonable way, you’re not just cloning your current set of files, you’re archiving older versions. The value of continuous cloud-based backup is having access to often many previous versions of the same file, including deleted files. You can configure CrashPlan and many other cloud services to control the depth of archives, when they’re culled, and how long and whether to retain deleted files.

Because Code42 will be shutting down its Home servers, unless you’ve maintained a separate local, networked, or peer-to-peer backup over the same period of time with the same settings, you’ll lose your archives—unless you migrate to another one of its services.

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