Students are responsible for backing up their data stored locally on their personal computer(s) or laptop(s). Data can be backed up to external hard drive, USB drive, or a cloud storage option like Google Drive.
How often should I backup and/or archive my data?
- It depends on how much your system gets used, what kind of data is to be backed up and how often you change the data you want to protect.
What do I need to backup?
Backup anything which you consider important to you and/or which cannot be easily replaced.
For example, your academic work, digital photos and music, work saved to your local computer, etc.
What should I use?
- For most users the best backup storage device is an external hard drive; they are reliable, extremely easy to install (just plug into your USB), relatively inexpensive and have ample capacity.
- Less expensive alternatives but with less capacity include USB memory sticks and recordable DVDs.
- Cloud-Based Storage Options:
- Cloud-based storage is increasing in convenience and popularity, but may require a monthly or annual subscription depending on your storage needs.
- Your WFU student account provides unlimited cloud storage in Google Drive for FREE. For more information, go to Google Drive on the web at drive.google.com.
- DropBox is another cloud-based storage site that allows students who create an account to store up to 2 GB of data for free. For more information, visit www.dropbox.com.