Wow. Talk about a scary moment. Just to note: I’ve been pretty anal about backing up my data elsewhere besides a disk sitting at my house. CrashPlan is perfect because I can not only back up to other systems in my house but also their central servers for a fee which by the way is a damned good deal.
Anyhow, I had to reinstall Windows last night. Doing so changed the generated ID that CrashPlan uses to identify each computer system. Seems reasonable but I just wasn’t thinking. Tonight when I reinstalled CrashPlan and did a test backup I had the surprise of seeing the client start from the beginning. I already have about 70GB of data backed up to their servers which took a hell of a long time to accomplish and it appeared I was in for another long haul. Until I came across this document (Reconnecting an Existing Backup).
Those guys saved my ass again! Thinking of everything…what a great company. I did end up having to back up some files again (in my user folder) because I ended up changing my username on the new Windows installation. That’s OK though because that portion of data should only take a day or so 😉 The other 65+GB is safe and sound…