Quick Start

Available to: Students, Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Departments

Cost: See cost details below, below.

Desktop and notebook computers containing confidential or restricted University data are eligible for backup and restore services provided by IS&T through CrashPlan. Any files you choose to back up will be encrypted and securely stored on a server that is off campus (in the cloud). You can restore them yourself without having to contact IS&T. Students or BU community members interested in backing up a personal computer can take advantage of our 10% BU discount for personal licenses.


Once a small and easy-to-use software client is installed, files and folders that you select are backed up whenever the computer is connected to the Internet. You do not need to remember to initiate a backup; it happens automatically according to a schedule you set.

Key Features

  • Easy-to-use interface.
  • Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop and notebook computers can be backed up.
  • Data is encrypted end to end during transfer to the cloud and while at rest on the remote server.
  • Previous versions are kept for each file.
  • You choose what files and folders are backed up and you can restore them yourself.
  • Backup data is compressed to minimize interfering with day-to-day work.



  • Faculty, Researchers, Staff, or Departments:
    • Up to 10GB of data for one client license is backed up at no charge. Additional charges may apply for larger amounts of data backup or if more licenses are needed for an individual.
  • Students and other BU community members:
    • Get 10% off CrashPlan — prices start at $45/year for unlimited storage on one computer.

Getting Started

  • Students and other BU community members:
    • Learn more about your discount and see CrashPlan’s prices and plans.