Centers: Student Technology Collaborative

Data Backup & Recovery Options

Data Backup/Recovery Destination


 

STC Server (temporary,

1 month storage only)

Bring in your own external HD

STC External Hard Drive Exchange

Purchase a new external HD

New Computer

Cost

Free

Free

(Already Paid For)

~$60

~$100

Cost of New Computer

Student Effort

None Yet

Bring in HD

Purchase HD online

Bring in HD

Find & Purchase HD

Bring in HD

Find & Purchase Computer

Time

Data Backup Time

Data Backup Time

Data Backup Time

Data Backup Time

+ Shipping/Purchasing Time

(~1 week)

Data Backup Time

+ Shipping/Purchasing Time

(~1 week)

+ STC must take in the new computer for some time (~days)

What Can Be Backed Up

Product Keys (often)

Most Files

Documents

Pictures


Product Keys (often)

All Files

Product Keys (often)

All Files

Product Keys (often)

All Files

Product Keys (often)

All Files

What Cannot Be Backed Up

No Entire Software Packages

No Music

No Videos

No Other Media or Copyrighted Files


No Entire Software Packages

No Entire Software Packages

No Entire Software Packages

No Entire Software Packages

Requirements


Sufficient Free Space

Formatted the same as your computer




Data Recovery Options

 

No Backup Needed

Or Skip Backup

HD Not Damaged

STC Recovery

DriveSavers (etc)

Cost

None

Data Destination Cost

Data Destination Cost

Data Destination Cost

+ $500-2000 minimum

Time

None

days (much variation)

1 week (much variation)

Mail-In

Student Effort

None

None

None

Purchase External HD

Send in to DriveSavers

What Can Be Backed Up

N/A

Depends on Destination

No Software

Depends on Destination

No Software

All Files

No Software

Data Recovery Method

None

Connect HD to USB Adapter

Copy & Paste

Connect HD to USB Adapter

Software-Based Scanning of HD

Hardware-Based deconstruction of HD

Software-Based Scanning of HD

Likelihood of Success

N/A

N/A

~50%

May decrease likelihood of success from another method

highest success rate