What is backup storage?

In computer systems, backup storage is storage that is intended as a copy of the storage that is actively in use so that, if the storage medium such as a hard disk fails and information is lost on that medium, it can be recovered from the copy.

You can shop and backup your study information on:Networked drives

These are managed by IT employees centrally or within your School or College. It is hugely suggested to store your analysis data on often backed-up networked drives such as:

  • File servers managed by your investigation group or school.
  • File servers managed by Info Services, such as ECDFNAS and the College File Servers. In future this will adjust with the launch of the RDM Active File Storage services (which might replace both the ECDFNAS and College File Servers services).

Private computer systems and laptops

Regional drives may fail or PCs and laptops could be lost or stolen major to an inevitable loss of your data. These are practical for storing your data temporarily but should not be employed for storing master copies of your information.

External storage devices

External storage devices such as tough drives, USB flash drives, CDs and DVDs, can look an desirable choice for storing your data due to their low cost and portability. Nevertheless, they are not suggested for the lengthy term storage of your information, specifically your master copies as:

  • Their longevity is not guaranteed, specially if they are not stored correctly. For example, CDs degrade and tapes shrink in the extended term.
  • They can be easily damaged, misplaced or lost.
  • Errors with writing to CDs and DVDs are common.
  • They could not be big sufficient for all the analysis data, so multiple disks or drives might be required.

They pose a security threat.