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How do I get started with backups for desktops and laptops?

Step 1: Download and Install The Crashplan App

The Crashplan app has been fully customized to automatically enter all pertinent information (name, email, etc.) as well as to automatically create your account in the system.

Please download the client from the following links and run it to install the Crashplan client on your machine:

Windows - 64-bit Client

Windows - 32-bit Client

Mac OS X


NOTE: Crashplan is free to use for all faculty and staff.

NOTE: Admin access on your machine is required to install the client.

NOTE:  Only download and use the customized client if you log into your machine using your netID.  Otherwise, download and install the un-altered client from  

NOTE:  If prompted, enter the following information: 

  1. PROe Server Address:
  2. Registration Key: 8TU9-UWP8-PW4R-T8HR


Step 2: Select Your Files And Start Your Backup

CrashPlan selects your user folder, documents, and desktop for initial backup by default and immediately starts backing thse up after installation. The user folder contains commonly-used folders for pictures, music, documents, downloads, and more. Your departmental IT staff may select more/less/different files to be backed up by default.  If your administrative staff allows you to select different files to be backed up, you can select them by doing the following:

  1. Go to Home and click Details.


  1. Select Manage Files.
  2. Navigate to the drive, folder, or files that you want to add or remove, then:
    • Deselect the check box next to any item you want to delete from your backup.
    • Select an empty box to add an item to your backup.
    • A minus sign deselected indicates that a subfolder within this folder is selected for backup. New subfolders within the folder will not be automatically added to your backup file selection.
    • A check mark selected indicates that this folder is selected for backup. New subfolders within the folder will be automatically added to your backup file selection.

manage files

  1. Click Save.
    If you deselected any files or folders, the Delete Files from Backup warning displays.
  2. If applicable, select I understand to confirm you want to delete deselected files from your backup.
  3. If applicable, select Delete.
    After changing the file selection, the Code42 app synchronizes the files selected for backup with the files already backed up to that destination.

View your backed up files.

As soon as a file is backed up, it's ready to be downloaded. To view your backed up files:

  1. Open and sign in to the Code42 app.
  2. Go to Home and click Get Files.
    A list of backed up files appears.
  3. Review the list to see what's backed up. Click the folder name to see its contents.

Get files

What If Some Of My Files Don't Appear In The List Of Backed Up Files?

Deciding What To Back Up

The short answer is, "Back up the files that matter to you." Code42 for Enterprise is designed to back up and download your user files.

file types

User files

Code42 for Enterprise is designed to protect your user files. In other words, the files you create, edit, and access that allow you to get your job done. They also include certain files created by applications based on your information and settings in those programs.

  • Examples: Documents, spreadsheets, photos, videos, Outlook messages, web browser bookmarks
  • Location: Typically stored in a User directory or Home folder

Don't back up operating system and application files

Code42 for Enterprise isn't designed to back up system and application files and we don't recommend adding these files to your backup selection. Doing so could cause issues with the priority and status of other files you want backed up. Additionally, since Code42 for Enterprise isn't designed to download your operating system or applications, there is no advantage to backing up these types of files.

System files

These are files that your device needs to work correctly. They may be a part of your operating system, a third-party device driver, or another source. Typically, you don't interact with these files directly.

Application folders

These folders contain the files that allow various applications - like your email, word processor, and web browser programs - to work correctly. Like system files, you don't typically interact with these files directly.

What happens if the entire hard drive is selected?

If you select your entire hard drive as your backup set, including system and application files, these files could prevent your business files from backing up efficiently.

As part of its normal operation, your device creates new system and application files, which are small. Because the Code42 app prioritizes the to-do list based on size and creation date, the system files are backed up before other files in your backup selection.

Some symptoms you might see if the Code42 app backs up system or application files:

  • Time to complete backup selection increases, sometimes by many days.
  • Backup never reaches 100%.
  • Backup status is incorrectly reported.
  • No files are displayed on the Get Files screen.

Keywords:crashplan, download, files, security   Doc ID:91279
Owner:Dean D.Group:University of Illinois Chicago Technology Solutions
Created:2019-04-24 10:49 CDTUpdated:2020-10-07 12:59 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Chicago Technology Solutions
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