Below you will find a list of ways to back up your data, and the pros and cons of each.
External Hard Drive
- Can hold backup copies of all of your music, pictures, and documents
- Fairly small and can be moved from one computer to another
- Expensive, costing between $50 to >$100
- Can fail (like any other hard drive)
- Can only hold a relatively small amount of data (1GB)
- Plenty of room for all of your school documents
- Data is backed up several times on Northeastern’s network.
- Your files are accessible 24/7 via http://myneu.neu.edu
- Can only hold a relatively small amount of data (1-8GB, generally).
- Enough room for documents, some pictures, and some music
- Very portable, but small size may make it easy to misplace
- Better used for transferring files than for backing up data
- CD’s can hold 700MB, DVD’s can hold 4.7GB
- Cheap enough to back documents up to, but most cannot be re-written once you have backed up once, so you need to buy more CDs/DVDs every time you need to back up.
- CDs and DVDs can be unreliable over extended periods of time. They are easily damaged by scratches, direct sunlight, and extreme temperatures.
Cloud Storage Device
- Services like DropBox and Google Drive offer free limited space to store your data online.
- DropBox offers 2GB of space free. However, DropBox presents several opportunities to increase the amount of space for free.
- Google Drive when linked to your myNEU account will offer unlimited space; If linked with another gmail account, it will offer 15GB initially.
- These services are convenient because they allow you to access your data from any machine connected to the internet.