Backing up your important documents and files is vital. Computers will always eventually fail and often this will happen when you least expect it. We recommend backing up data at least once a week.
Common Backup Options
||Portability||Durability||Ease of Use||Archive Quality*|
|External Hard Drive||Stores lots of data; not very portable||40GB - 1TB||Medium||Medium||High||Medium|
|Flash drive||Plug into any computer with a USB port; very convenient||128MB - 64GB||High||High||High||Medium|
|Mapped Google Drive||Available online; can be configured with either Wharton Gmail or personal||15 GB (free personal account) or Unlimited (Wharton Gmail)||High||High (while a student)||High||Medium|
|MyWhartonDrive (Y:)||Online Storage space provided by Wharton while you are a student.||2 GB||High||High (while a student)||High||N/A|
|Cloud Storage (e.g.: Box.net, GoogleDrive). See Options.||Automatically backed up; usually provides plenty of space.||Varies||High||High||High||Varies|
|DVD/ CD||DVD/CDs are a standard method of backing up and transferring files||Varies||High||Medium||Medium||High|
*Archive quality denotes the ability of the media to be used as a long-term (many years or decades) archival medium for data.
Mapped Google Drive
- As a student, you have unlimited space in your Wharton Google Drive
- You can map any Google Drive (personal or Wharton) to the Public Computers by following the instructions provided here
- This space is available from the Wharton computers, or online.
- You can create a folder on your laptop that accesses this drive automatically.
- This option is only available while you are a student.
- Available after you graduate
- Some people have concerns about having their data stored in the cloud
- For a list of options, see Cloud Storage Options.
- There's a variety of inexpensive external hard drives available.
- Many external hard drives come pre-loaded with software to schedule automatic backups.
- Mac computers come with a program called Time Machine, which backs up up your data to another place on your hard drive.
- Convenient, but easy to lose
- Work with any computer that has a USB port
- Widely available for sale at sizes starting at 128MB, they can also be found in smaller sizes when given away as promotional material
- Also know as a thumb-drive, Jump Drive, or memory key
- Will last for a long time if kept in case
- Most computers have a DVD/CD writer and writing software
- Does not hold as much data as External Hard Drives