CIT recommends that campus members backup data routinely and often to avoid loss of data and computer viruses.

If you've ever had your computer die, only to realize you had no backup of your data, you suddenly realize the importance of backups! CIT encourages everyone to make a backup of the data their computer routinely and often.

Faculty and Staff

College-Owned Computers

CIT provides a backup service called CrashPlan for Enterprise to all faculty and staff members free of charge. Download a copy of CrashPlan to protect your data.
Software Downloads

Personal Computers

CIT does not generally provide backups of data on personal computers. Before you have your computer worked on for any reason, you should make every attempt to acquire a backup of your data. CIT Help Desk will, however, provide advice and or instruction on how to set up a backup.

Student Computers

CIT does not provide a backup solution for students, but recommends Time Machine, Apple’s backup solution for Mac users.

Alternative Backup Solutions


You may want to consider posting some non-confidential documents online using OCDocs. Every ObieID account holder has access to their own documents, and documents that have been shared with them, through OCDocs.  You can access OCDocs from within OCMail using the upper-left navigation button "Documents", and from any web browser, after logging in to your email account.

Note: Sensitive or confidential documents should never be posted or shared via OCDocs. Read complete details on OCDocs on the CIT Wiki .

Recovery of data from inoperable hard drives

For college-owned computers, if the computer hard drive crashes before data can be recovered, CIT will attempt to recover the data. If this is not possible and you strongly desire the recovery of your data, CIT can recommend external companies that may be able to recover the data for a fee. This cost must be covered out of pocket.