Data Storage

Whether you’re a student, faculty or staff member, your data is important and needs to be backed up. Luckily, there are a variety of easy methods you can use to do this.

Cloud-Based Services

In general, cloud based services are the best and easiest way to backup your data. Some typical features include:

  • Easily access files on a variety of different devices. Internet connection is required.
  • Version history of your documents. (Not available on all services)
  • Easy to recover data on a broken device or bring data over to a new one.

There are a continually growing number of these services, all with slight variations on the features they offer. Here are some popular ones we recommend:

  • Google Drive – Your NYU NetID grants you unlimited storage through Google Drive. Go to http://www.nyu.edu/it/drive to get started.
  • NYU Box – Available to all full-time NYU employees.  Unlimited, fully encryped data storage.  Go to http://www.nyu.edu/it/box to get started.

Portable media

There are several different physical options for backing up your data. For portable media, the price will depend on the size of device purchased.

  • USB Flash Drive – Typically used more for portability than reliability. It is not recommended to keep important files on flashdrives!
  • External hard drive – The standard way to backup your data without having to have an internet connection.