Whether you're a DMACC student or an employee of DMACC, it's very beneficial to take measures to back up your important files and data. Whether it's homework, important documents, or resources you simply can't live without, making strides to back up your data will reduce your chances of data loss to an extremely minuscule amount.

The standard practice for data backups breaks down into three steps:

1. Have an online backup (OneDrive is what we recommend)

    -Many cloud storage services offer a certain amount of storage space for free.

2. Have an offline backup (external drive, flash drive, SD card, etc.)

    -Offline backups are typically in a frequently-visited location, such as your home or office.

    -They are also not connected to any device or to the Internet.

3. Have an offsite backup in a secure location, such as a safety deposit box or the home of someone you trust.

    -Offsite backups are typically the same kind of storage media as offline backups (external drive, flash drive, SD card, etc.)

    -It's recommended to have multiple different forms of media between your offline and offsite backups.

        -Ex. External drive for your offline backup, and an SD card for your offsite backup.

The more steps you take in protecting your data, the more your chance of disaster is reduced. For example...

Your computer gets a virus, is physically damaged, stolen, or otherwise rendered unusable.

    -You still have your online and offsite backups.

Your cloud storage data is gone or you lose access to it.

    -You still have your offline and offsite backups.

As a DMACC student or employee, you can also store your data through OneDrive which is accessible by clicking the Office 365 button in myDMACC,  or your P: drive.