Overview Desktop Backup is powered by CrashPlan, an automated backup utility from Code 42 that stores files you select from your computer in the cloud. The CrashPlan application can be used to restore files that were lost or damaged. After some initial setup, CrashPlan will work in the background to save versions of files at set intervals. Note Desktop Backup is only for files on a local computer. Network folders, such as a home directory or shared folders, are backed up by a different process.