The one place that files should not be saved is the physical hard drive, commonly referred to as the C-drive or C:/. This disk is not backed up, so if something bad happens to the computer, these files could be completely lost.
My personal experience has taught me to also back up my personal/school files just in case I have to access them outside of my usual environment. For this, there are two options:
1. Save files to an online storage location, like Google Drive, DropBox, Evernote, SkyDrive, etc.
- Benefit: Access files anywhere you have an internet connection.
- Benefit: Works on a variety of platforms, including phones.
- Con: Storage limits are typically smaller, and there might be a charge to get a larger storage capacity.
- Benefit: You can pick the storage capacity when you buy the device. The storage of USB capacity is constantly increasing and larger storage becomes less expensive.
- Benefit/Con: The device goes with you where ever you take it. Forgetful types might find this difficult.
- Con: Things can happen to these physical devices--a magnet could corrupt the files (this can happen if a USB drive is attached to keys!), rain/water could cause damage, and the device could get lost.
Everyone has their personal preference on file management. Just be sure you have a back up system in place when you don't save to a protected server.
Trouble accessing something saved to a campus server? Contact TSS for help!