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Storage options

If you need long-term storage for your files you should use central networked drives for storing data, as this will provide the safest option for your files.

Portable storage media such as USB sticks, flash drives, CDs, DVDs and external hard drives are not encouraged, as they are more vulnerable to damage or just being lost. Never use them to store sensitive data or your only copy of a file.

Don't store important or sensitive information on 'cloud' services (third party websites which provide online storage facilities) such as Dropbox, etc. as there may be ownership or Data Protection issues with using these services. Wuala is a cloud service that provides a suitable level of security and data protection; however it is still unsuitable for long-term storage of data, as (in common with the other third party sites) it does not offer any warranties in terms of reliability or availability.

For information about long term storage facilities for research data see the University's http://data.bris.ac.uk/ website.

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Where should you store files relating to a project at work?



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Please select an answerNo - keeping files on your hard drive does not make it easy for other people to use the files. There is also a risk of the files being damaged or deleted, and the data in them being irretrievably lost because they were not backed up.No - although your O:/ drive will keep the files safe and secure, it will not enable others to access them.Yes - using a shared network drive allows others to access the files, allows remote access and ensures they are backed up each night.No - keeping files on an external hard drive does not make it easy for other people to use the files. There is also a risk of the files being damaged or deleted, and the data in them being irretrievably lost because they were not backed up.
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Further reading

Central staff and student filestore (University of Bristol)