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File Backup Services

To help faculty and staff avoid an unfortunate loss of data and information, Drexel is offering CrashPlan ProE backup service for university-owned computers. CrashPlan is an automatic, tamper-proof backup solution designed to backup and centralize distributed laptop and desktop data, restore data as recent as the last backup event, and defend against the consequences of virus attack by storing all captured data in on IRT servers.

CrashPlan operates transparently to users, administrators and infrastructure. Backups are user scheduled, and end-users can work uninterrupted as the service runs. Self-serve file recovery brings users back to productivity quickly and independent of any assistance. Use the service on any PC and never lose important files again! And, you'll do it all without having to buy, label, and store CDs, Zip disks, or other media.

The cost of the service is $7.00 per month per user with no limit to the number or size of productivity documents.* To order the CrashPlan backup service for a university-owned computer, send a request by email to and specify the user-id of the person whose computer will be backed up and that user's campus telephone extension. IRT will send a quote to the department to authorize the monthly recurring service fee (which will appear as a monthly charge to the department's specified account). A Drexel account number is required.

* Productivity documents include all Microsoft Office documents, Adobe Acrobat (.PDF), Rich Text (.RTF) and plain text (.TXT) documents; it does not include operating system, programs, movie, picture, or other file types.

Other Backup Options Available on Campus


Every student is allowed 100MB worth of storage on Drexel's Academic Unix server. This account it available by picking up your account at the Computer Accounts Management Service. You can access this account using SSH or Fetch. More information can be found on the Dunx1 page.


Student have the unique opportunity to have Drexel branded Exchange Labs and Gmail accounts. Both accounts include over 6Gb of storage space on Skydrive and Google Docs, respectively. More information regarding these accounts can be found on the Linkedu page.

CrashPlan+ for Personally owned computers

Students, faculty and staff who wish to purchase CrashPlan for their Personally Owned Computers can do so directly from CrashPlan.  Review CrashPlan's FAQ for more information.