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Swarthmore College's Backup Solution - CrashPlan

How to install CrashPlan on your workstation

CrashPlan Installation Process:

Unsure on operating system?  Please call the Help Desk at Ext. 4357

Note* We do have a Linux installer upon request.  Please contact Oliver Hollocher-Small at

  1. Please download the appropriate version of Crash Plan software from the following links provided below.  The installation process may take anywhere between 2-10 minutes.
  2. Here are the links to download CrashPlan:  

    Crashplan for PC

    Crashplan for MAC

After installation it may require an update and for you to sign in again

Launch CrashPlan:

Note: CrashPlan looks identical on Mac and PC

When Crashplan opens, the primary user of the computer will need to log into Crashplan with their Swarthmore network credentials (with the at the end)

During the setup, under your Username and Password requires a Server as an option please enter the following below for the server:

Once Logged in click on: Start Backup. 
(note: if it starts automatically to i2 cloud that is ok)

Once the Crash Plan software is installed, locate and open the Crash Plan application

    1. Locate on a PC:

      To Locate on a PC: Click on the start button and simply type “Crash” in the search. Then click on the CrashPlan icon.

    2. Locate on a MAC:

      To Locate on a Mac: Click on Applications and locate Crash plan. Or search in the Spotlight in the upper right corner. 


Please contact us after installation however, continue to save any critical files onto Google Drive (College-related) and/or an external drive (personal files) until we confirm that your Crash Plan backup is running smoothly.

CrashPlan FAQ

For Frequently asked Questions and many "how to's" can be answered at the link below:
Computer Backup FAQ
Any additional questions or concerns please call or email Information Technology Services:
Help Desk 
110 Beardsley Hall
On campus: x4357
Off campus: 610-328-8513
Walk-in hours: 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday
Visit us on the web:


Oliver Hollocher-Small
Technical Support Specialist

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