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"There are two types of computer users in the world; those who have lost data, and those that will."
This is a saying common in computer "techie" circles, because we find that once someone has lost data, they take the precautions not to have it happen again. We don't want you to be in the second group, either! So learn from the mistakes of others, save your data on a reliable source, and you will not suffer through having to recreate a file, grade book, etc.
We recommend that you store files on 1) the SAN Network storage, 2) a USB drive, or 3) CDs or DVDs. Below is further information on each type of data storage device/media available.
Below is a summary of the advantages and disadvantages to the typical storage devices. In addition to this, you will find a graph showing the reliability of each device type.
|Types of Storage||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|CD-R/RW||Cheap, easily stored for mobility, 700MB||Prone to scratching/data loss, must have burner to save, time consuming|
|DVD-R/RW||4GB, easily stored for mobility||Prone to scratching/data loss, must have burner to save, time consuming|
|USB||Limited data corruption, multiple sizes, USB ports||Easy to lose|
|Hard Drive (internal)||Multiple sizes, easy to use||Not Mobile, possible data corruption|
|SAN||Multiple backups||Needs network connection to access|