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Nearly everyone has had a friend or colleague who has lost all or some of their data because they failed to backup their computer system. Don't let this happen to you! Fortunately, it has become easier to make sure that your digital life is safe in the event of a hard drive crash.

Backing Up for Everyone

Some backup systems are operating system-specific, but others can be used by anyone. If you have any questions on the most effective solution for your backup needs, contact the CIT Help Desk at x58197.

Online File Storage

Oberlin College provides several methods for backing up your most important files online. While OCDocs will back up all bookmarks, settings, pictures and music, it can be used to store papers, dissertations, and other academic work.

Flash Drives

Flash drives are an easy, inexpensive way to back up important files.

Third-Party Online Options

There are various commercial products available that provide online file storage, including Dropbox and BackBlaze.

Backing Up for Macintosh

Time Machine is backup software already built in to Apple operating systems. It automatically saves up-to-date copies of everything on your Mac–photos, music, videos, documents, applications, and settings—to an external hard drive. If you ever have the need, you can easily go back in time to recover anything.

Backing Up for Windows

Backup and Restore is backup software built in to Windows 7. Backup and Restore creates safety copies of your most important files to an external hard drive, so if you lose something, it won't be lost forever.

Backing Up for Faculty and Staff

CIT provides a backup service called CrashPlan for Enterprise to all faculty and staff members free of charge. The college provides disk space as well as the software. You can download CrashPlan on the Software Downloads page or learn more about CrashPlan here.