HFS: Backing up your University work

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It is vital that you keep your data safe and protect it from being corrupted or accidentally deleted. One way to do that is to use the Oxford HFS service. HFS (Hierarchical File Server) is a centrally-funded service providing backup and long-term archive services to members of the University (senior members, post-graduates and staff only).

When you use the service, three copies of your data are made, each to separate tapes; one copy is held in the automated tape library; the second, in a fire-proof safe located at IT Services, and the third in a fire-proof safe at an offsite storage facility outside Oxford.

Access to the data is private to the owner and is normally available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You can choose what you want to back up and whether you prefer to do it automatically once a week or manually when you choose (or possibly both).

To use the service, you have to register and install a piece of software. Detailed instructions and installation guides are available on the HFS web page at http://help.it.ox.ac.uk/hfs/index.