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Institutional Backup / Archive Policies and Services

MCAD Data Backup / Archiving Policies and Services

Backing up data protects it from disaster and, to a lesser degree, human error. The MCAD Technology department is committed to providing data longevity. We are available to answer questions, give advanced instruction and provide a tenable and reliable backup infrastructure for you or your department.

The nightly (except Saturday and Sunday) Administrative Central Backup includes critical systems data and select business documents stored on institutional servers. Off-site storage is provided but is primarily designed for disaster recovery (not archiving data). For a complete list of servers included in the administrative backup, please email

We suggest that you archive and organize your files on a regular basis. Archiving data helps protect it from human error and provides historical context. Backing up documents on the file server does not guarantee a total, long-term file archive solution.

Finally, as the creator, maintainer, and/or user of your data, you are responsible for ensuring its continued availability to MCAD per your departmental requirements. We recommend you utilize one (or both) of the following preferred methods to backup your key work files.

Good Backup Methods

File Servers

MCAD's file servers provide a safe and secure location for MCAD data. Windows users primarily work off Maverick to store individual and departmental files. Mac OSX users can use their individual staff network home directory or a specially configured departmental share for file storage. Please contact the MCAD Technology department or your staff supervisor to determine which overall network storage solution is best for your office needs.


All staff workstations are equipped with CD burners and many with DVD burners. Please purchase high quality media for backup and archival purposes. If you do not buy your media from the Art Cellar or the Service Bureau, please ensure you buy Verbatim® or Memorex® CDRs.

Bad Backup Methods


Not having a departmental backup policy will only lead to heartbreak. Contact for guidance and/or assistance.

Network Temp Storage Server

The Network Temp Storage server is an insecure and temporary transfer location primarily used for academic needs. It should never contain the primary copy of anything. It should never contain sensitive information.


CD-RW media has a short lifespan.

Zip Disks

Zip Disks have a high rate of failure - avoid them too.

Floppy Disks

Floppies are bad - avoid them.