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Show Your Data Some Love

When is the last time you've prepared for catastrophic data loss? Having an external backup is a good idea, but a great feature of keeping your important data backed up off-site, away from your home or office, is that it's safe from theft, fire, and other local disasters.

Are you confused on what data you should back up?

It's pretty simple. Make sure you back up the data in these most common places

  • Documents
  • Desktop
  • Pictures
  • Music
  • Any personal folders you may have created

Faculty & Staff Backup Options


We exclusively use LochBox for faculty & staff data backup and retrieval. Please be certain to keep copies of all your critical or important data in LochBox.

LochBox is where you should backup all your CSU related data.

Network Storage

As a CSU employee, it’s a good idea to make use of your personal network storage to keep copies of important documents. There are two ways to access your networks storage.



As a CSU student, it’s a good idea to use Lochbox to store all your CSU related documents.

Other cloud storage apps should be used for personal data only. Here are some excellent examples of other storage methods.

Student Cloud Backup Services

Freemium Services

There are many services that are free, but charge for advanced features or space. These services are a great place to store your data, but another great feature for most of these services is the effortless synchronization and availability of your files on most of your devices. So a document you created on your desktop is now readily available on your tablet or smartphone. Here is an awesome overview of the most common cloud storage services from the folks over at GetConnected.

Google Drive

Google's Cloud Storage provides a large amount of storage space that is shared amongst your Google Services. You can upload and create documents, in addition to store files of your choosing on their servers.


Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which computer is used to view it. Files placed in this folder also are accessible through a website and mobile phone applications.

Microsoft's OneDrive (Previously Skydrive)

Get 7 GB of free cloud storage for your files that's accessible from anywhere with access to free Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote in your browser.

External Media

Storing your data on a connected device is brilliant, but it does have its perils. The ever looming threat of hardware failure exist, but with proper planning losses can be minimized. External hard drives and flash drives are most common, but some people even utilize DVD-Rs for storing data.

External hard drives storage pricing has gotten cheaper in recent years. A terabyte of storage is often more than enough to store most people's data, but media files such as music and video require more space.

Flash Drives come in smaller sizes, but are great for backing up and transferring documents. Flash drives can experience hardware failure, but more likely to be lost due to their portability.