How do I backup my files?

It is important that you backup your files regularly and make sure that you always have more than one copy of any file, each stored on different media. ( Why is that? )

To backup files you simply need to copy them to a different medium.

Which medium you choose will depend on the hardware you have available; how much data you have to backup and how often you need to make backups or access your backup copies. The technique for creating a backup copy will also vary depending on the media used.

The different media available are:

  • OneDrive
    Students and staff have 1TB of cloud storage for their emails and files within their Office 365 account ( More information here )
  • University Filestore (M: drive)
    Holds 2 GB of data; is accessible from any computer with access to the Internet and is backed up regularly to tape by Information Services. ( More information here )
  • USB drive
    The storage capacity varies - the more data it holds the more it will cost. Pen drives can be used on any computer with a USB port. ( More information here ). Pen drives can be purchased from Information Services
  • CD R/RW
    Holds 700MB of data. You will need access to a CD-RW drive. These are available on all of the computers in the computer rooms . ( More information here ). CDs can be purchased from Information Services .
  • DVD R/RW
    The storage capacity varies between 2.40 GB to 15.9 GB. You will need access to a DVD RW drive. These are available on all of the computers in the computer rooms . DVDs can be purchased from Information Services .
  • External hard drive
    The storage capacity varies (usually depending on how much you pay). External hard drives can be purchased from Information Services .