Backup Options for Faculty & Staff

Available To: Faculty, Staff

It is important to back up your documents and files because they can easily be lost or destroyed. You never know when your documents and files will get damaged by a virus, accidentally be deleted, become corrupted, or your hard drive might fail.

If your department has computer support staff, check with them first as they may already have a back-up feature available for you to use

If you are always on NAU's network.

We recommend you store and work directly from your Home Drive or NAUShares for all of your work documents and files. You should avoid saving directly to your computer because we don't run any backup software on your NAU work computer.

If you choose not to use your Home Drive or NAUShares you are responsible for backing up your work documents and files.

If you can connect to NAU's network using VPN

We recommend you copy your work documents and files to your Home Drive or NAUShares any time you make a change to a document or file.

If you choose not to use your Home Drive or NAUShares you are responsible for backing up your work documents and files.  

If you cannot connect to NAU's network.

If you are unable to connect to NAU's network you are responsible for backing up your work documents and files. 

What are the benefits of using my Home Drive or NAUShares for backing up work documents or files?

Both the Home Drive and NAUShares are automatically backed up on a daily basis and backups are held for over a month.

Although we provide many options for File Sharing and Storage only the Home Drive and NAUShares will allow you to recover your documents and files without assistance from ITS.

Vist the Home Drives and NAUShares pages for more information about the capabilities of these drives.

Related Services

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Students most common options for school documents and file backups.
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These are the services available to the NAU community to or share files and documents.
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ITS offers centralized home drives to individuals with NAU domain accounts including all facutly, staff and student employees with SW accounts.  
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NAUShares is a network storage area for department to store important work documents and files that need to be accessed by other people.
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NAU's VPN service allows users to securely connect to the Northern Arizona University network.