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Backup Options

  • Cloud Storage - Services such as Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive offer an easy way to store files in the cloud and access them from many different devices. Read this guide to learn more about how to use cloud storage to back up your data at Geneseo As a Google Education Campus, CIT recommends using Google Drive File Stream to store your files in Google Drive. This application allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer. See our Self Help guide on installing and configuring Google Drive File Stream. CIT will also support other cloud storage offerings from Google and Microsoft.
  • External Hard Drives - You can use macOS's Time Machine or Windows' File History feature to back up data to external drives that are large enough to back up your entire computer. Many external drives also come with additional software to help you manage and schedule regular backups.  External drives can be stored at an offsite location to protect them from physical damage that might be caused by a fire or other disaster.
  • USB Flash Drives - Flash drives are small, portable and can be reused many times, but they also offer significantly less storage space than other backup options. They are also much easier to lose or misplace. You can copy files to a flash drive by inserting it into a USB port on your computer and dragging and dropping the files you want to copy to it.
  • DVDs - DVDs are physical media that you can use to backup data. A DVD can hold either 4.5 GB (single-layer DVD) or 8.7 GB (double-layer DVD). It is possible to use multiple DVDs to back up all the data on your computer, but it is a time-consuming process. You will need a writable DVD drive in order to copy data to a DVD. If your operating system does not support drag-and-drop DVD writing, you will also need to install a separate software program that allows you to copy your files to DVD.