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Lab Data Backups

Post  iglomski on Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:26 pm

Our lab is debating the best way to deal with lab computer backups to store data outside of the lab (in case of fire or HVAC equipment being dropped through the roof etc.)

I know there are a lot of different ways to get it done.

What does your lab do, and what made you choose this method?

Are you happy with your choice?

What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages?

The big things I care about are cost, convenience, and efficacy.

Thanks!


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Post  acl5d on Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:58 am

An interesting option that my undergrad lab used (Martin Wu, over in Gilmer Hall) was putting everything on a password-locked lab wiki. Protocols, data, even the lab notebook entries. Instead of physical notebooks we made a new entry in our personal wiki page every day.

Has the advantage of being stored online so that there's no physical HDD in your lab that could be damaged. Although, if you're worried about HDD failures and have some extra $, the guys on the TWIV podcast hype these things all the time. Basically an HDD enclosure with special protection/backup features.
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