One of the most important things you can do as a student is to back up your data. On average, hard disk drives fail once every four years, meaning that there is a high likelihood of losing or damaging your data during your time as a student at Yale. To protect your work in the event of a hard drive failure or a damaged or stolen device, please follow these recommendations:
- Prevent data loss by saving every file in at least two locations. We recommend saving on a physical medium separate from your laptop’s hard drive (flash drive, external hard drive, etc) and uploading documents to the cloud. Yale provides free unlimited cloud storage through your EliApps or O365 account, as well as 50GB of cloud storage via Box.
- Set up automatic backups on your phone, computer, and any other devices with valuable data.
- When working on important projects or using an application prone to crashing, save your work often. Consider saving multiple versions of your project as it evolves in case you want to refer to old revisions.
- Always save a complete backup of your device before running operating system updates.