There are four main ways of backing up your files at the University of Otago:

Local File Backup
  • Files are stored on your computer, or in your personal possession
  • The files you specify are copied onto an external hard drive, USB drive, or CD/DVD
  • Cheap or free
  • Best for those with a strong technical knowledge, who value storage independence and prefer to retain possession of their own files.
Online File Backup
  • The files you specify are copied onto online/cloud storage
  • Often free for small quantities
  • For people who don't have many files to backup, and don't mind others being responsible for file storage, or having a copy of their file
  • Approval is required by departmental IT support and/or departmental managers for back up of confidential or sensitive information.
University-provided backup solutions
  • Only available to University of Otago departments
  • Set up for staff and senior students (requiring this level of backup) by departmental IT or ITS staff
  • Paid for by your department.
Commercial Backup Products
  • Includes system imaging and full system restore at a price
  • Can be expensive
  • Best for staff or students who have time-critical projects, and use specialised software packages that would be time-consuming to install and configure again in the event of disaster
  • Should be frequently tested to make sure it works properly when you need it.

For more information about backups, talk to your departmental IT support staff or contact AskOtago:

Tel +64 3 479 7000 or 0800 80 80 98

Last updated 15/04/2020 10.44 AM

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