Data Storage and Backup

Whether you are writing your final paper, or editing selfies, data preservation is critical in the digital age.
OU IT recommends taking the “Rule of Three” approach, wherein users have three copies of their data:

  1. Original data stored locally, on your computer’s hard drive.
  2. A backup of your local data saved to an external hard drive.
  3. Another backup, stored offsite, saved either to another hard drive or perhaps to a cloud solution.

There are several cloud-based backup solutions, so you could alternatively choose to host your 2nd and 3rd copies using different cloud-based storage applications.

As you can see, there various ways and places to store your backup. Here are a few backup methods to consider:

  • You can drag and drop important folders and files from your computer to an external hard drive.
  • You can back up your important files by uploading them to the cloud (ie. iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive).
  • Mac users can utilize the built-in TimeMachine feature, which aims to simplify the process of backing up your data to an external hard drive.

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