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How to fix unstable continously synchronizing CrashPlan service

CrashPlan has been backing up my stuff for several years. Been very happy with it and it has already saved me from losing everything in a complete hard drive crash.

The last few months however it as been extremely unstable and never been able to complete a full backup. Which is very very bad. I’ve basically been stuck at 90% for a couple of months and the missing 10% in my case is over 100 GB. A lot of potential loss.

Symptoms

  • Highly unstable user interface.
  • Keeps “synchronizing”.
  • Backup never completes.
  • High CPU usage of the CrashPlan service and memory usage close to 512 MB.

Contacted their customer support and after sending them my CrashPlan log files it turns out the poor CrashPlan service is a Java application and, by default, runs on a JVM limited to 512 MB of memory. Probably usually OK, but I have a lot of files. So basically the service has been garbage collecting itself to death these months and not gotten anywhere.

How to fix it

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.
  2. Stop the CrashPlan service.
    C:\> net stop CrashPlanService
  3. Open the configuration file for the CrashPlan service.
    C:\> notepad %ProgramFiles%\CrashPlan\CrashPlanService.ini
  4. Change -Xmx512M to for example -Xmx1024M or -Xmx2048M, depending on how much memory you have to spare.
  5. Start the CrashPlanService.
    C:\> net start CrashPlanService

If your problem was lack of memory, it should now run more smoothly. Does for me anyways 🙂

How to backup a folder with Robocopy

HarddriveAs a simple way to keep my computer backed up I copy all that I care about onto external hard drives twice a day. I mostly do this in case my internal hard drives would die or something like that, so I haven’t cared too much about finding anything more fancy with incremental history and such. What I have is a simple batch file that I have set to run periodically using the Task Scheduler in Windows.

Note: If you want an easier solution which supports incremental backups to external drives, other computers and the cloud, you should check out CrashPlan. I personally pay for a CrashPlan+ Family Unlimited license and use it to back up all my computers. Very handy and has already prevented me from losing all my stuff once 🙂

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