Whatever storage solution you choose, it’s important to have a backup strategy. Relying on only a single copy of your data exposes you to risk of losing that data due to hardware failure, theft, disaster, or simple human error (accidentally deleting your data files). In order to protect your data, we recommend you follow the 3-2-1 rule for backing up your data, which states to keep:
3 copies of your data (at least)
2 copies on hand on different systems (internal hard drive, external hard drive, cloud storage provider, etc)
1 copy in a separate location (“off-site”) from the others, with a trusted service provider.
Remember to back up your data documentation and all your other research files as well!