Backups for Desktops & Laptops

Organization/User Control

CrashPlan can be divided into multiple "organizations".  Departmental IT staff can be given limited administrative control over these organizations and the users they contain.  Please fill out the form located here to submit a request to move a user to your organization to better help facilitate administration.   You can also use this form to submit a request to create a new organization.

Crashplan Request form


CrashPlan is designed to silently and automatically back up the files you store on your computer from work or home, unattended, automatically. With CrashPlan, you can rest assured that no matter what happens to your computer, the photos, movies, music, emails, and documents that mean the most to you are safely backed up and can be restored at any time.


  • Files backed up online in the cloud
  • Automatic & unattended backups.
  • Incremental & differential backups.
  • Ability to select individual files and folders for backup.
  • Ability to Pause backups on low battery, specific time periods, and on specific networks.
  • Data is Encrypted before transmitting and password protected to ensure security
  • Ability to restore individual files using client.
  • Unlimited storage space.
  • Back up and manage up to 5 devices using one license.
  • The CrashPlan vendor (Code42) has signed a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with the University to ensure the protection of any Protected Health Information (PHI) that may be backed up through the service. This service is approved for the backup of HIPAA protected data.


CrashPlan is available at no additional charge to UIC faculty and staff for use on five devices located anywhere in the world.  Backup schedules can be altered, but will run continuously. CrashPlan is not available for servers.  This service is for faculty and staff members only and you must have a UIC NetID and a ACCC Common password. Each faculty or staff member may register five computers.

CrashPlan is only used to back up your files and documents, not scratch directories and not operating systems or software files that you can get back by re-installing. (The default option files provided with the CrashPlan client software are already set up to do this.)


The system specifications listed below are the minimum requirements needed to successfully install the CrashPlan app.

Large Backup File Selections
If you are backing up more than 1 TB or 1 million files, please review additional technical information.
OS Hardware Software
  • 1 GHz CPU
  • 1 GB Memory
  • 250 MB free drive space
  • Windows operating systems:
    • Windows XP
    • Windows Vista (CrashPlan app version 4.3 and later requires Service Pack 2)
    • Windows 7
    • Windows 8, 8.1 (in desktop mode)
    • Windows 10 (CrashPlan app version 4.3 or later only)
    • Server 2008/2012 (excludes Windows Server Essentials, Windows Small Business Server, and Windows Home Server)
  • Java JRE 1.7.0_45 (packaged with the CrashPlan app)
  • 1 GHz 64-bit Intel CPU
  • 1 GB Memory
  • 250 MB free drive space
  • OS X versions:
    • 10.5 (CrashPlan app version 3.6.4 and earlier only)
    • 10.6–10.9
    • 10.10 (CrashPlan app version 3.6.4 or later only)
    • 10.11 (CrashPlan app version 4.3 or later only)
  • Java versions:
    • For OS X 10.5–10.7.2: Java version 6, 7
    • For OS X 10.7.3–10.10: Java JRE 1.7.0_45 (packaged with the CrashPlan app)
  • 1 GHz x86-64 CPU
  • 1 GB Memory
  • 250 MB free drive space
  • Kernel version 2.6.13 or newer
  • glibc 2.4+
  • cpio
  • Xorg (requires GUI)
  • GTK2
  • SysVInit
  • SWT (packaged with the CrashPlan app)
  • Java JRE 1.7.0_45 (packaged with the CrashPlan app)
  • 1 GHz CPU
  • 1 GB Memory
  • 250 MB free drive space
  • OpenSolaris, Solaris 10
  • GTK2
  • SWT (packaged with the CrashPlan app)
  • Oracle Java version 6, 7


The CrashPlan app requires a graphical user interface (GUI) for use on all operating systems.
1In Windows, CrashPlan relies on the system user's read/write permissions to access and back up files
2The CrashPlan app runs in 32-bit mode on Solaris and OpenSolaris systems

NOTE:  The currently available client is, at least, version 4.3.x.

Operating System Considerations
Alpha, beta, and other pre-release operating systems are not supported. Only the specific operating system versions listed on this page are supported.


CrashPlan is free to use for all current faculty/staff.


Phone 312-413-0003


Last updated: 

May 12, 2017