Crashplan is an excellent cross-platform backup to the cloud utility. Here I use it to backup to a local NAS and to the Crashplan Central ‘in the cloud’ storage site.
Recently I had to recover (again) all the files for a laptop which had had a new hard disk fitted. It had the operating system and the crashplan software installed.
During recovery there seemed to be no way to recover the files from the local archive. This would have been faster than pulling everything back down from the Internet. I logged a support case with Crashplan and there is a way to do this (which I have suggested they make explicitly clear).
The archive can be attached and recovered from using the following procedure:
1. Open the CrashPlan desktop and go to Backup > Inbound.
(If you don’t see the Inbound section, go to Settings > General > Inbound backup from other computers > Configure. Click Accept Inbound Backups.)
2. Select Attach a backup archive
(If you already have another inbound device listed, click the triangle icon in the top-right of the window to open the menu.)
3. Navigate to and select the archive folder.
The archive folder will have a long series of numbers as the file name: e.g., 948212309528060501.
4. Click Ok.
5. Navigate back to the Restore tab and choose “This Computer” as the destination.
6. The archive on the NAS should be attached and you should be able to browse the files in that archive.
You can also use this procedure to restore files from the NAS archive belonging to a different computer then the one you are on (though of course you can also do that from the Crashplan software by accessing Crashplan Central, or from a web interface, or from a mobile interface).