When comparing Back In Time vs CrashPlan, the Slant community recommends Back In Time for most people. In the question“What are the best backup programs for Linux?” Back In Time is ranked 1st while CrashPlan is ranked 12th.
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Pro Efficient use of storage with file-level deduplication
Pro Highly configurable
Almost all functionality of the program can be customized. It's possible to set when snapshot get removed based on age, available disk space, quantity in a set time period, you can include and exclude files, folders and filetypes, you can defer backups when on battery power, you can ignore errors, you can preserve ACL, extended attributes and so on.
Pro Easy to use
Although highly customizable, Back in Time is also suited for people who want an easy tool to use that will back up their data. You can use BiT simply by configuring where to save snapshots, what folders to backup and when to do it.
You set it up once and from then it runs in the background whenever you are not using your computers (or at specified times).
Pro Supports multiple backup destinations
You can set up different files/folders to back up to specific places.
Pro Differential and incremental file backup
CrashPlan updates only that part of the file that has changed, saving bandwidth and time.
Pro Unlimited online storage
The $5/mo individual plan and the $12.50/mo family plan gets you unlimited cloud storage.
Pro Allows custom encryption keys
Custom 448 bit user-provided encryption key can be used to encrypt the backed up data in the cloud.
Pro Users can order a physical copy of their data
They will send you an external hard drive to your house.
Pro Unlimited revision history
CrashPlan saves all previous versions of a file.
Con Interface could be more intuitive
The program uses non-labeled, non-intuitive icons and the purpose and functionality of the file browser is not clear at first glance.
Con Home edition discontinued
CrashPlan's home edition will be shut down on October 23, 2018. They are no longer accepting new signups or subscription renewals.
Con Popular features (local backup and trusted offsite backup) no longer available
Con Heavy client
The BackupClient is based on Java and therefore a lot more memory-intensive than most other backup solutions