University Computer: Backing up Data

DoTS recommends to not permanently store any data on your UWRF devices including your university-owned computer. There are open record implications. For example, see this Records Management article.

Physical wear and tear is a factor in the life of your hard drive. Similar to most mechanical components, your computer's hard drive will eventually fail. In order to protect yourself from data loss due to hard drive corruption, viruses, theft or accidental deletion, it's critical to set up a working backup solution for your data. It's also important to routinely test your backup solution to ensure data can be recovered.

Here are three methods that you can use to store/backup your data:

1. Cloud / Online backup
2. FalconShare (S:\) (T:\) - an online backup service and an offline backup utility that helps ensure your data is secure
3. Offline backup to an external drive