CrashPlan Data Backup

CrashPlanPROe is a cloud-based backup solution that keeps a secure copy of your data. You can then access this copy to restore your data if your hard disk crashes or if your computer is lost or stolen.

CrashPlan is licensed for College-owned computers only. You can't install it on personally-owned computers.

CrashPlan backs up the user directory--the place where all your files and personal settings are stored--on Windows and Macintosh computers. It does not back up system files or application programs. In the event you suffer a catostrophic failure (crash, loss, or theft) of your College-owned computer, Amherst IT would first replace the computer; you could then restore your data from the CrashPlan backup.

Audience: 
Faculty
Staff
Features and Benefits: 

Continuous: CrashPlan checks every fifteen minutes and immediately backs up all files that have changed since its last check.

Automatic: CrashPlan is always running, so you don't have to remember to initiate a backup.

Non-intrusive: CrashPlan waits until your computer is idle before performing any backup operations.

Secure: CrashPlan encrypts your files before transmitting them to cloud storage. Moreover, the decryption key is not stored in the cloud but on a server located on the Amherst network and controlled by Amherst IT. Thus even the CrashPlan company will be unable to access your data.

Exceptions Folder for Policy Compliance: Data protected by statutes such as HIPPA and FERPA should not leave the Amherst network. CrashPlan lets you create an exceptions folder in your Documents folder that will not be backed up.

Retention and Versioning: Unlike file synchronization services such as Dropbox and Google Drive, CrashPlan lets you "go back in time" and restore your data as it existed on a previous date. For example, if you contracted a ransomware virus that encrypted all your data and demanded you pay for the decryption key, you could instead simply restore your data to the state it was in the day before you got the virus.

Multiplatform: Runs on both Macs and Windows computers.

Requirements: 
  • You must be an employee of the College
  • You can only install CrashPlan on College-owned computers.
  • CrashPlanPROe system requirements
  • You must adhere to the College's Acceptable Use Policy. In particular, you should not use CrashPlan to backup data that should not leave the Amherst network. Examples are personally-identifiable information such as social security numbers and data covered by privacy statutes such as HIPPA and FERPA. 
Getting Started: 

You first need to fill out the CrashPlan Request form.

CrashPlan installation instructions

Temporary Network Storage

Use the Scratch temporary network storage share to move or share files and folders. Scratch is a large-capacity, public, network storage share that is erased overnight. Use Scratch if you need to move files and folders from one computer or device to another, share files or folders with someone else at Amherst or do a quick temporary back-up of some data.

Audience: 
Students
Faculty
Staff
Five College Students
Features and Benefits: 
  • large capacity network storage
  • share files and folders with others at Amherst
  • move files and folders between computers or devices
Additional Information: 
  • Scratch storage is public, any Amherst students and employees can access data stored there
  • Scratch storage is temporary, the Scratch share is erased overnight every day

Back Up Your Data

The notion of backing up your data is very simple: Keep your data in more than one location. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, from network storage with your U: drive, to USB flash drives and external hard drives. However you do it, you want to make sure you never have important data in just one location.

Why backup?

If you don't have your data files stored in more than one location, you're betting that none of the following will ever happen to you.