How do I back up my files?

It is essential to create backups of important files in order to prevent losing them. It is good practice to have more than one copy of important files, each copy stored on a different medium.

To back up your files, you need to copy them from one medium to another.

There are a variety of different media that can be used for backing up your files. Which ones you use will depend on the hardware you have available, as well as personal preference.

The different media supported by Information Services are:

  • University Personal Filestore (M drive)
    Students and staff have 4 GB of storage with the M drive. Your M drive is accessible from any computer on campus, and can be accessed off-campus when connected to the AU network by VPN. Your M drive is regularly backed up by Information Services. ( More information on your University Filestore )
  • External hard drive
    The storage capacity varies. Departments are able to purchase external hard drives for their members of staff through .


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