Backup: Why, Where, and How

This article reviews why, where, and how to back up locally-stored files and data.

Why back up?

Backups are critical to the integrity of your data, and ensure you’ll never lose valuable files in the event of a device failure.

Faculty and staff: Learn how to schedule automated backups using Code42.

infographic describing the 3 2 1 backup best practice3-2-1: Ensures your backup is redundant


Where can I store my backup?



Storage sizeHow to access
Home Drive (H:)Network drive logo1TBvia network drive on Windows,
macOS, and online
OneDrive¹OneDrive logo1TBvia OneDrive Online
via OneDrive App
Alternative Cloud Storage²VariesSee link for alternative cloud storage
USB or External StorageUSB drive logo8GB-2TBvia USB port
Code42
(Faculty/Staff only)
Code42 logoUnlimitedvia Software Center
(College computers only)

¹Access to College-provided resources is revoked after departure from the College.

²Faculty/Staff: College-related files should ONLY be stored on College-provided resources.


Home drive (H:)

You can backup to your H: by mapping your drive to your computer or by accessing your H: online.

From Windows  

  1. Map your BMC Network Drive
  2. Open File ExplorerFile Explorer logo
  3. On the left-hand pane, click username (\\home.brynmawr.edu\home) (H:)
  4. Right-click > New > Folder
    title your folder appropriately (e.g., Backup MM-DD-YYYY)
  5. On the left-hand pane, click This PC
  6. Navigate to Windows (C:) > Users > username
  7. Right-click and copy the file(s)/folder(s) you’d like to back up
  8. On the left-hand pane, click username (\\home.brynmawr.edu\home) (H:)
  9. Open the folder you created in Step 4
  10. Right-click and paste the file(s)/folder(s) you copied

From macOS

  1. Map your BMC Network Drive
  2. Open FinderFinder logo
  3. On the left-hand pane, click username (//home.brynmawr.edu/home/username)
  4. Ctrl-click > New > Folder
    title your folder appropriately (e.g., Backup MM-DD-YYYY)
  5. Navigate to the file(s)/folder(s) you’d like to back up
  6. Right-click the file(s)/folder(s) and select copy
  7. On the left-hand pane, click username (//home.brynmawr.edu/home/username)
  8. Open the folder you created in Step 4
  9. Right-click and paste the file(s)/folder(s) you copied

From the web

  1. Navigate to ingress.brynmawr.edu
  2. Log in with your College email and password
  3. Click Home Directory
  4. If prompted, authenticate with your College email and password
  5. Click the folder with your College username
  6. Click Upload Files…
  7. Navigate to, and select the file(s)/folder(s) you’d like to back up


OneDrive

You can backup files on OneDrive either online or through the OneDrive desktop app. See our Microsoft 365: Overview page for more information about OneDrive. 

OneDrive online

  1. Navigate to webmail.brynmawr.edu
  2. If prompted, log in with your College email and password
  3. Click in the top-left
  4. Select OneDrive
  5. Click New > Folder
    title your folder appropriately (e.g., Backup MM-DD-YYYY)
    OneDrive new folder
  6. Open your newly created folder
  7. Click Upload, select either Files or Folders
  8. Navigate to, and select the file(s)/folder(s) you’d like to back up

OneDrive application

See links to Microsoft's website with instructions for Windows () or macOS ().


Code42 

  1. Install Code42 via Software Center
  2. Open Code42
  3. Login with your College email and password
  4. Setup your backup (skip to Step 2)

For more information, see the following articles on Code42's website.


External Drive

You can also backup your files using external drives, either with a USB or hard drive. See below for instructions on how backup to external drives with both Windows and macOS.

From Windows

  1. Connect your USB/External drive
  2. Open File ExplorerFile Explorer logo
  3. On the left-hand pane, click the USB/External drive
  4. Right-click > New > Folder
    title your folder appropriately (e.g., Backup MM-DD-YYYY)
  5. On the left-hand pane, click This PC
  6. Navigate to Windows (C:) > Users > username
  7. Right-click and copy the file(s)/folder(s) you’d like to back up
  8. On the left-hand pane, click the USB/External drive
  9. Open the folder you created in Step 4
  10. Right-click and paste the file(s)/folder(s) you copied

From macOS

  1. Connect your USB/External drive
  2. Open FinderFinder logo
  3. On the left-hand pane, click the USB/External drive
  4. Ctrl-click > New > Folder
    title your folder appropriately (e.g., Backup MM-DD-YYYY)
  5. Navigate to the file(s)/folder(s) you’d like to back up
  6. Right-click the file(s)/folder(s) and select copy
  7. On the left-hand pane, click the USB/External drive
  8. Open the folder you created in Step 4
  9. Right-click and paste the file(s)/folder(s) you copied


Questions?

If you have any additional questions or problems, don't hesitate to reach out to the Help Desk!

Phone: 610-526-7440 | Library and Help Desk hours
Email: help@brynmawr.eduService catalog
Location: Canaday Library 1st floor