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