So here we are, heading into the last week of first year teaching for me, and for all of you in 6th form or college, no doubt fast approaching a pile of deadlines and exams. So, what could be the worst thing that could possibly happen on the day of a coursework deadline? I think we’d all agree that a corrupt memory stick or other external storage device, a few hours before a deadline, would be possibly the worst thing to happen…and this did indeed happen to a group in my class on Friday, leaving them with a good few hours of extra work to make up for the lost progress!
I’ve had this happen to me a few times before, and I’ve had not only memory sticks, but internal and external hard drives fail, losing all the data on them…so since just before I started university I’ve been using online storage websites to back up my work. I started with box.net, but found it wasn’t the most user friendly site – you have to physically go to the site and upload the work to be backed up, and let’s face it, no one is going to always remember to do that. So now I use a combination of dropbox and sugarsync to store just about every important file I have, and these two have the added advantage of including applications which automatically back up files as they are saved from your main computer.
With DropBox, you get a 2GB account free at this link: http://db.tt/LBwjqyDq and then a bonus if you use a college or university account, and further 500MB bonuses every time you invite someone to the site.
With Sugar Sync you get a 5GB account free at this link: https://www.sugarsync.com/referral?rf=eo58y06nxxoat&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=referral&sn=tw&shareEvent=54943 and then again a 500MB bonus for any friend you invite.