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The college provides several ways for Swarthmore researchers to store and back up their data.  

Research Data Storage and Backup Systems

Code42 (formerly CrashPlan)

Code42 is Swarthmore's main computer backup system.  It is the easiest solution for backing up a computer automatically. If all of your research material easily fits on a laptop or desktop computer, then this is the best way we can help you keep it safe.  The backup software can be installed on multiple office, lab, and research computers.  More information is available on the Computer Backup help page.  

Google Drive

Swarthmore's Google Drive storage is unlimited and can be easily accessed from anywhere and shared with colleagues.  Research groups are usually best served with an AODocs folder in Google Drive that will manage permissions.  To get an AODocs folder set up for your lab, visit the AODocs Folders within Google Drive page.

CIFS Share

For groups that need a simple way to share files internally, ITS can set up a Common Internet File System (CIFS) share.  The CIFS share can be accessed like a network drive, but data is stored securely off campus.  

iRODS

For research groups with a large, complex data sets or workflows, iRODS is a good solution.  iRODS provides a large amount of data storage and the ability to add metadata to files for easier discovery.  There are more sophisticated features available such as adding automated workflows to process raw data.  


Storage and Backup Comparison

ProductOptimal Use Case
Code42All your data fits on your office or lab computer.
Google Drive / AODocs

All your your data doesn't fit on your computer or you want to archive rarely used data and remove it from your computer

Your data needs to be shared with collaborators

CIFS Share

All your your data doesn't fit on your computer or you want to archive rarely used data and remove it from your computer

You need to share data among Swarthmore users

iRODSLarge data sets or complex storage needs


Please get in touch with your Academic Technologist for more detailed information on how best to secure your data.