Backing things up is very important… your hard drive will fail one of these days, and when it does you will lose everything (trust me, my laptop hard drive failed once…).
You are backing important things up right? Oh…
Enter Crashplan. It seems like a simple way to set up your important things to be backed up elsewhere, either on another hard drive, another computer (maybe a family member’s or maybe even on their servers (don’t worry… it is encrypted quite well).
The first thing you have to do is get it (down in the right corner):
Then you have to chose the version you want to get (Linux for me obviously):
Unzip it and install it:
You will notice that I am installing as root, that is because of this notice:
NOTE: You are apparently not installing as root. While it is recommended to
install as root it is not required. If you continue to install as seanja
then Crashplan will only be able to back up files readable by seanja.
You can install it as a non-root (admin) user if you only want to backup files that are yours, but I have files that I would like to backup elsewhere. I just installed it using the defaults:
Ah… I had to install this twice because I messed it up the first time… make sure that you are in the directory that you unzipped crashplan to so that you can just run:
Then start Crashplan (which will auto start at the end if you told it to), and signup for an account:
And if it all went well, you will now have Crashplan up and running, you can now install it on another computer using the same account, and it will recognize it as another one of your computers and let you backup to it for free.