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Backing Up and Saving Your Work


Save Your Work on Wharton's Public Computers Often

Avoid losing your work when using Wharton's public computers - always save attachments before you begin editing! If you don't, all changes will be lost upon logging out. Save first and save often!

You can save your work to MyGoogleDrive (Kumo) or MyWhartonDrive (Y:) which are accessible from any lab or hallway computer in Huntsman, or from any web browser on or off campus. To access your MyWhartonDrive, login to SPIKE and click MyWhartonDrive. To map and use MyGoogleDrive, visit Kumo and log in using your PennKey Username and Wharton Gmail Password. To learn more about MyGoogleDrive or additional assistance activating it, visit this article.  

Note: We recommend you to use MyGoogleDrive to save your work. MyWhartonDrive will soon be retired, and access will no longer be available.


Other options for storing and sharing documents are DropBox and Penn+Box. These "cloud services" allow you to store your documents and access them wherever there's an Internet connection, and many of them also have mobile app versions available.

Signing Out of the Public Computers

Remember to log out of public computers. Why? If you forget to log off, people could access your information on Canvas, SPIKE, or your email. Single sign-on between these services is a convenience but requires caution when sharing computers.

Backing Up and Saving Work on Your Computer


Laptops are not immune to theft, hardware failures, virus attacks and other forms of damage. Bad hard drives happen to good people. Because of this, it is very important that you back up your files, pictures, videos, and music on a regular basis. If your laptop dies or is stolen, your personal data is gone forever. We recommend backing up your data at least once a week. There are various options for backing up your data, these include:

    • MyWhartonDrive
    • MyGoogleDrive
    • External Hard Drives
    • Using a cloud solution (i.e., DropBox, Box, etc.)

There are a variety of inexpensive external hard drives to choose from too. Many come with applications that you can use to schedule automatic backups at a specific time that you choose. Apple computers come with Time Machine, which is configured once and then runs automatically in the background backing up your data. The method you use is up to you. The bottom line is you DO need to back up your school and personal files; one laptop disaster could cost you years of work and memories.

For a matrix outlining backup options, see Backing Up: What Are the Best Solutions For You?

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