Keeping multiple copies of your data is an integral part of data management. Your personal computer, external hard drives, departmental or university servers are examples of tools used for storing copies of data. Removable media, such as CDs, DVDs, or USB flash drives are not recommended.
Making copies of your data and having a backing system is not the same as a long-term archiving solution for your data.
Make copies of your data
Storing your data in the cloud
Create automated backup system
In additional to keeping multiple copies, having an automated a backup system helps secure your data from accidental loss. In order to make sure that your backup system is working properly, try to retrieve your data files and make sure that you can read them. You should do this upon initial setup of the system and on a regular schedule thereafter.
You can use the built-in features of your operating system or a backup software tool to make copies of your data. Backup software allows you to copy your data to portable storage media such as an external hard drive.
You can use native backup programs found on your operating system:
Secure Your Data
Protect Your Data
Securely storing your data also provides protection for sensitive and confidential data. For more information about protecting data related to human subjects, check out the UNH Institutional Review Board. Find at more about managing regulated data at UNH.