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The CrashPlan app is designed to help you protect your data with a secure and comprehensive backup strategy. We strongly believe you shouldn't rely on a single destination for backup, even our CrashPlan cloud. Back up to multiple destinations, both onsite and offsite, to protect your data so that you can recover it if disaster strikes.

Consider the following options for backing up to multiple destinations.

Onsite and offsite backups

Destinations can either be onsite, meaning the destination is located in the same physical location as the device it backs up, or offsite, meaning the destination is stored in a physical location separate from the device it backs up.

A comprehensive backup strategy includes backing up to multiple destinations, so while your files are stored safely in the CrashPlan cloud, you also have a local copy available for quick access. With the CrashPlan app, you can back up to a drive on or attached to your device as well as the CrashPlan cloud, or to any combination of these destinations.

Create a comprehensive backup strategy

Backing up your data to multiple destinations that are both on and offsite gives you a solid disaster recovery plan for your data. You should back up to both:

  • Offsite destinations: such as a CrashPlan cloud destination.  
  • Onsite destinations: such as a local internal hard drive or an external hard drive.

This way, you have a complete backup no matter what the circumstance, and have redundancy if one backup destination is inaccessible or damaged.

 Using backup sets to manage destinations

Using backup sets, you can fine-tune the files backed up to each destination. For example, if you have information you want stored in only one location, or a couple of files you need backed up only once a week instead of continuously, you can tailor the CrashPlan app's settings to your needs.

Destination options

Destinations Advantages Options

Speed and Protection

  • Faster backups. Backing up to an internal hard drive or to an external drive takes less time than sending your files over the Internet.
  • Faster restores. Restoring files from an onsite backup destination is faster than from an offsite one.
  • Convenient. A local destination is convenient when you need to recover from a device crash and need to restore a lot of files.

Back up to an external drive


Access and Protection

  • No single point of failure. Because problems like theft, fire, natural disaster, power outages, or even Internet connection issues typically affect all the devices in a single location, backing up to offsite destinations reduces your risk of data loss and ensures you'll always be able to access your files when you need them.
  • Out of harm's way. Having offsite destinations as part of your backup strategy ensures that you can retrieve your files in the event of a disaster that affects an entire facility or region.

Back up to multiple destinations

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