Data management good practices

Data storage and backup

Every student, staff, and researcher at the University of Minnesota has access to networked, backed-up data storage. Campus storage options are better than DIY approaches, like storing data on external hard drives, because they are protected, monitored, and well backed-up.


Self-help options

You have multiple options for self-help storage:

  1. Compare options for U of M data storage using the Data Storage Selection Tool.
  2. Not sure where to start, reach out to the Research Cyberinfrastructure Champion Network.
  3. Sensitive data concerns? Use this questionnaire tool to identify the security classification for your data.

Google Drive: free, backed-up, and unlimited

U of M affiliates have unlimited data storage on Google Drive. This is not recommended for sensitive or highly restricted data.

Get started with Google Drive

Box: sensitive storage

Box Secure Storage is a secure environment intended for storing, sharing and accessing sensitive and private-highly restricted files.

Get started with Box

3-2-1 rule of backup

If you are going to storage your own data on personal devices, consider using the 3-2-1 rule for backup.

  • 3 separate copies of the data
  • 2 different storage media devices (e.g., a working copy on your laptop and a backup copy on the cloud)
  • 1 copy must be physically off-site from your location (in case of natural disaster, fire, theft, etc.)
Last Updated: Mar 29, 2024 3:03 PM