Think about how much storage space will you need for this project, both at the start and in later phases of the project. Remember that you can include line item funding requests for data management activities in your grant proposal.
||When to use:
||The preferred option, because servers provide storage, backup, and recovery.
|Your department can purchase extra storage space from NAU ITS -- see the NAUShares page for information about pricing and requesting storage. NAUShares is designed to share documents across a department, but you can work with ITS to set access permissions for your files.
|Desktop and laptop computers
||If you need to save your files to the computer's hard drive, create a backup copy as soon as you can.
||While you'll most likely be entering data on a desktop or laptop, save the files to a server whenever possible.
||Use only for data backups and never for sensitive data.
||Be sure to read the terms and conditions before purchasing commercial cloud storage -- avoid services that will claim ownership of your data as soon as you upload it.
|Removable media (CDs, DVDs, flash drives, etc)
||Generally not recommended because they fail frequently.
||If you choose to keep a third or fourth copy of your data on removable media, be sure to check these media frequently and replace them as needed.