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Crashplan Is Offering Free Yearly Plans [Black Friday]

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Even if you’re eschewing Black Friday and all the shopping that goes with it, we’ve got a deal for you that’s too good to pass up: a free year of remote backup from CrashPlan.

CrashPlan is running a fantastic Black Friday promotion. Starting at 6AM EST they’re offering all their plans for 100% off–we just picked up a family plan, normally $119 a year, for $0. Every two hours they’ll be incrementally decreasing the discount until Monday evening when the sale ends (even if you miss the early part of the sale the discount will still be 42% off come Monday).

This is an absolute fantastic deal on a service everyone can use. If you followed along with our guide to using CrashPlan to backup your data at a friend’s house for free, this is a perfect time to add in a year of backup service to add another player to your backup routine.


Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/23/12

Comments (10)

  1. Pat

    This deal is so popular, their website is “down for maintenance”.

  2. Ryan

    Their servers are down for maintenance….

  3. John

    The servers are struggling under the load, but they do come up from time to time. I just kept trying and ended up getting the family plan for a year at a cost of $2.88.

  4. LadyFitzgerald

    I’ve been been having problems with checking Crashplan’s forums occasionally for the past year or so and they have been having problems with extremely slow and down servers for some time now. Crashplan seems to be great if one is only going to use a free plan, which backs up your data on another computer, such as a friend’s, but is unreliable if using a paid plan that backs up to their servers, apparently due to inadequate server space for the demand.

    Also, unless you get one of Crashplan’s considerably more expensive business plans, there is no redundancy for stored data. If the server your data is on gets taken out by a natural disaster, your data is lost. It took me a while to worm that information out of their normally slow customer help.

  5. LadyFitzgerald

    The first line of my post should be, “I’ve been checking Crashplan’s forums occasionally for the past year or so and they have been having problems with extremely slow and down servers for some time now.”

  6. Screwtape

    New customers only. Was hoping to add a year to my existing subscription. :(

  7. LadyFitzgerald

    The last thing Crashplan needs is new customers. They can’t handle the number they have now.

  8. Bewildered

    When I can buy a nice fat 2-terrabyte hard drive and rent a safe deposit box at my local bank for less than a normal (yearly) online backup plan, why? Why pay an online backup service and burn up any data caps with a slow overwhelmed service like this? Is it for the convenience? Or are people simply not aware of other free sites like Drop Box or even what their own ISP might be offering?

    And with the SOPA/PIPA crowd back at it again, with legislation actually proposing warrant less data snooping, why even consider online backups? Why upload all your most sensitive data to some unknown entity who’s just going to put it in some giant honey pot that they authorities can go snooping through? Could the reason be that people don’t know how to send (encrypted) files to a friend? Or maybe they don’t have any (trustworthy) friends like that.

    I really like the idea of backing up data and we should all do it. But I just can’t see any reason to pay an online service (even if it is free for a limited time) when there are so many other less risky and less pricey alternatives.

  9. Chemical


    I hope that backup approach was a joke.

  10. victor

    new customers only… so sad, I want to save money

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