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More About Personal Desktop Backup Solutions

It is critical to regularly back up the data  that is stored on  your computer.  University IT recommends two third-party vendors to provide secure, off-site, redundant storage and a variety of advanced features. Another option is for you to manage your own backups (that is, create copies of your files and store them in a safe place).

Vendor solution

Participation is by subscription to a centralized, networked backup service provided by an University IT-recommended third-party vendor.

  • Code42 CrashPlan. Backup and recovery of Macintosh and Windows desktop and laptop systems.

Advantages. Centrally administered; provides secure, off-site, redundant storage; third-party service provides a variety of advanced features.

Disadvantages. Client-side configuration may be difficult.

Local solutions

  • Networked backup-and-restore to centralized facilities, including CD or DVD, SCSI tape drives, removable drives, or servers. Purchase of backup software and/or storage may be required.
  • Personal Computer backup solutions available through the computer operating system. Cost is based upon number of gigabytes of disk backed up.
  • Copy files to external disk drive, CDR/W, DVDR/W, storage stick, or AFS.  AFS is free.  Storage sticks cost from as little as $10; external drives can be added to most systems for under $200, plus the cost of CDs (typically, pennies per CD) and backup software, if used.

Advantages. Inexpensive.

Disadvantages. Client-side configuration can be moderately difficult. Self-administrated; relies on the computer user to remember to perform the backup; most solutions require the user to store a backup copy off-site (with the exception of files stored in AFS space); storage capacity limited by type of medium.

Last modified June 13, 2017