Preserving additional copies of your data in a separate physical location from data files in storage. Backup preserves older copies so you can restore your data if accidental deletion/alteration or a disaster such as fire, flood, or hardware malfunction damages your data in storage.
To safeguard your important data assets, remember both storage and backup are essential.
What should you backup?
How many copies?
Test your system: Go through the exercise of accessing backup functions to see that the procedure works & you can fully restore your data
|PC/Laptop||Convenient for active data||Easily lost/stolen; fail; manual backup|
|Network||Automatic backup and security||Access/capacity limitations|
|External devices||Low cost; portable; easy use||Easily lost/stolen; fail|
|Remote/Cloud||Global access; collaboration||Security/privacy limitations|
|Physical storage (e.g. notebooks)||Convenient; tangible||Manual backup|
Regular, secure backup of research data can protect the products of your research from loss due to computer or device failure, natural disasters, file corruption, or accidental deletion or modification. These campus resources are available for file backup:
Available to all members of the UCI research community (faculty, staff, students) to promote awareness of and provide assistance with campus information technology resources as they facilitate scholarly research.
Campus OIT provides the following services:
The Research Cyberinfrastructure Center (RCIC) provides campus researchers with access to scalable computing resources for research and teaching. RCIC infrastructure supports high-performance and high-throughput computing, data storage and analysis, and software integration. Resources include:
The computing infrastructure enables reproducible research by supporting containerized computing (see User Guide for software installation instructions). RCIC was created in response to the recommendations of the 2016 UCI RCI Vision Workgroup.
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