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CrashPlan Installation Instructions

The installation of the CrashPlan backup utility is a straightforward process. Detailed installation instructions are listed below on this page. A brief overview of the process is:

  •  Go to https://crashplan.hamilton.edu:4285
  •  Log in with your full Hamilton username and password
  •  Download and install the appropriate client
  •  Make sure that you select Existing Account at the account creation screen

CrashPlan Installation Instructions

To get started with CrashPlan, you’ll need to download and install the client on the main computer that you’re using and need to have backed up.  You’ll need to navigate to the following website: https://crashplan.hamilton.edu:4285.

Please note, if you have a dual-boot system, you’ll need to install the client on both Operating Systems

  1. At the username prompt, enter your full Hamilton email username
  2. At the password prompt, enter your Hamilton network login password
  3. Click on Sign InCrashPlan App Downloads Sidebar


Once you’re logged in, you’ll need to navigate to the sidebar selecting "App Downloads". 



Select the appropriate file for your operating system (Windows 64, if you’re a Windows user,CrashPlan Version Mac OS X if you’re a Mac user).  After selecting the file, it will save a file to your Downloads folder, unless you specify otherwise.  After this file downloads, Run it and it will install the CrashPlan client.



After the client has installed, a box will appear asking you to sign in.  

Select Existing Account at this section.

Enter in the following information to complete your setup:

  • Username: enter your full Hamilton username here Ex. lits@hamilton.edu
  • Password: enter your Hamilton network password here
  • PROe Server Address: central.crashplan.com

Once you have the application installed, the initial backup will begin. By default this will not include any additional storage items that are not attached to your computer.  This includes any USB keys, external hard disks, or your network drives (ESS/SSS/Academics).  If you need to backup any external hardware, please contact DIS at dis@hamilton.edu and we can review the best way to meet your backup needs. The initial backup will take some time.  Depending on how much data you have it could be as little as a few hours or in extreme cases, up to a week.  The client will throttle how hard it works depending on how actively you’re using your machine.

The default backup settings have been designed to be the best fit for the needs of most. If you would prefer to customize your backup, refer to the document on Configuring Your CrashPlan Backup


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Last updated: September 21, 2021

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