5 ways to store your uni work safely
If ever there was a time to fully secure and protect your data and documents during uni it’s now. There is nothing more frustrating and horrifying for a student than seeing the essay they’ve spent weeks on suddenly vanish from their laptop.
My laptop crashed in the middle of my masters and the amount of extension forms, tears and tutor meetings it took to repair the damage has scared me into always ensuring everything is backed up.
Even losing your photos, videos and personal documents is a massive blow, so never forget to keep everything protected. Here are some of the best options out there to help you keep all of your documents safe, secure and accessible:
1. External hard drive
When it comes to something as important as your dissertation or essay masterpiece, a simple USB stick won’t always cut it and you’ll need to bring out the big guns. Enter the external hard drive that is essentially a massive USB stick that has far more storage capacity than your average USB stick (sorry if this is completely obvious but I wish I’d known about these beauties before my laptop completely died). You can store an insane amount of documents as well as all your photos and videos. They are on the more pricey side (around £40-£60) but when it comes down to the fate of your degree, sometimes you’ve got to cut back on the Jägerbombs and shell out. You can check out a few options here starting from 1TB at £39.99.
A cheaper and more obvious solution for iOS users is to use the Notes app on your device as it will automatically sync to iCloud so even if your laptop breaks you can still access your work from anywhere by simply logging in. Of course, it’s not the best for essays and annotations but it is handy for lecture notes, essay plans etc.
Or, you could by the Pages app for just £14.99, which, although many prefer Word, also automatically syncs to the Cloud so your work is never lost.
Dropbox is the old classic that can always be a lifesaver. You can create a free account and upload your most important files so they are easy to access over the internet. The only issue is that there is limited capacity unless you pay but still a handy option.
Evernote is the super user-friendly app that lets you stay organised and on track. You can clip important articles from the Internet, sync your to-do lists, create notebooks, share group notes and more. It’s a handy tool to have on hand throughout the year, especially for group projects. I wouldn’t personally use it for long essays or a dissertation, but it does sync well with different devices and is useful for storing and sorting your notes.
Like Evernote, Wunderlist is an app that helps you stay on top of everything with to-do lists and reminders that sync to all your devices so everything is automatically saved. You can create group lists, allocate tasks, share notes, add comments and all that useful stuff. Plus, it’s so satisfying to tick off all the tasks on your list so it keeps you motivated.
Whatever you do, don’t spread all your notes out into random notebooks or odd pieces of paper that will be a massive headache when it comes down to the crunch.
Get a little geeky, invest in some good tech and stay organised.
Elinore Court lives at our Student Accommodation London at Liberty House in London, she is studying a masters degree in Magazine Journalism at City University.