CrashPlan, the University's automatic backup software, is installed on every university-issued faculty or staff device.  CrashPlan automatically backs up your data every 15 minutes while your computer is turned on and connected to the Internet. Your data is stored on two servers located on the Wake Forest University campus. You know that CrashPlan is running when you see the large C icon in your system tray (on a PC) or menu bar (on a Mac) with an active arrow.  


In some cases, this could interfere with your computers performance, especially if you are on a slower network connection.  


How to Pause CrashPlan Backups on a PC


If you’d like to pause CrashPlan from backing up your data temporarily, please do the following:

  • Click the 'up' arrow/triangle in the lower right corner of your taskbar (1) and click the CrashPlan icon (2).
  • Click the 'down' arrow in the lower right corner of the Code42 window (3).
  • Click Pause all backups (4) and choose from 1 hour, 4 hours, or 1 day (5).

How to Pause CrashPlan on a Mac


  • Navigate to the menu bar at the top of your Mac, and click the Crashplan icon, shown below.

  • Click the 'down' arrow in the lower right corner of the Code42 window.

  • Click Pause all backups (4) and choose from 1 hour, 4 hours, or 1 day.