Friday, April 29, 2016

(Students) Back it up!

Spring semester ends Monday, and you're working on capstone projects, final exams, term papers, presentations, research, your résumé and other critical data.  Is it all stored in one place?  Along with your pictures, movies and music?  What will you do if that computer gets stolen, dropped, lost or destroyed by a spilled drink (besides curse and cry?)

Back up your data.  You'll be glad you did.  There are multiple ways to do this:

  • Store copies of your most critical files in your personal webfile.macalester.edu.
  • External hard drives are not expensive.  Buy one.  Use it.
  • Flash drives (a.k.a. “thumb drives”) are even cheaper.  Buy two.  Use both.
  • Your computer's OS may have a built-in backup option, such as Apple's Time Machine.
  • Check out 'cloud' storage solutions - some are cheap, some are free.
  • Speaking of cloud storage, upload important files to your Google Drive.
  • Consider burning your data to CD for archiving.  Even if your computer doesn't have an optical drive, most public-access computers do.
For tips and assistance in backing up your data, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 651-696-6525 or helpdesk@macalester.edu.  Play it safe, and you won't be sorry.