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Backing up your work

There are still students losing vital work through not having enough, or proper, backups.

We cannot stress how important it is to have decent backups. You really do not want to lose work, be it that of months, days or even minutes. Having proper backups can make all the difference. We want to help, to make sure your exam term is less stressful.

There are several ways to ensure your work is backed up. The link below contains useful information and advice on managing your backups:

http://www.cam.ac.uk/cs/arch/

The MCS computers are recommended for most of your backups. Chances are you will most likely only need this space, which comes in at 500MB of space as standard. It can be increased up to around 2GB of space if you really need it, and we would be more than happy to talk to you about this if it is needed.

The DS-Filestore Service website have detailed instructions on creating a specific location on your computer to help you with backing up. They have instructions for Windows XP, Vista and 7, Mac and Linux.

It is mentioned that you need to reset your MCS password the first time you do this, the Computer Office's team would be more than happy to help you.

If you do not want to go the route of using the DS-filestore for your backups, you can of course use memory sticks and external hard drives. Both give you some portability which will help toward giving you that extra layer of confidence. You cannot really have too many backups, provided you manage them correctly.