Backing up your files regularly is a good way to ensure you do not lose them if you lose your device, or if your device is compromised or damaged in some way such as malware infection or water damage. There are four main ways of backing up your files at the University of Otago:

Backup type Notes
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:

Freephone 0800 80 80 98 (within New Zealand)
Tel +64 3 479 7000