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Chart: Computer File Storage Options: Local

The chart below details Local file storage options on individual computers. Some of these come with the computer, some have additional costs. While your department's Computing Consultant can assist you with them, and advise you about best practices, none of them are are actually administered or maintained by LTS on a daily basis, like the LAN systems. Note that according to university policy, the internal hard drives of faculty and staff members personal computers' internal hard drives are to be encrypted, with decryption keys maintained by LTS.

Storage System

Notes

Storage Size

Cost

Backup

Sharing

Internal Hard Drive (C:\)

Pros: Comes with computer, large capacity

Cons: self-managed backup, Not automatically shared.

Medium - Large

-

-

Custom

Additional Internal Hard Drive

Pros: cheap, fast, large capacity

Cons: co-located with computer, limited internal mounts, self-managed backup, logically separate

Medium - Large

$100 - $200

-

Custom

Flash Drive

Pros: Very cheap, portable

Cons: Least reliable, lose-able, self-managed backup

Small

$10 - $40

-

Custom

External Drive (USB, FireWire, etc.)

Pros: cheap, fast, larger capacity, portable

Cons: reliability, steal-able, co-located with computer, self-managed backup

Medium

$100 - $200

-

Custom

Optical Disks (DVD)

Pros: very cheap, portable

Cons: small size, slow performance, 'lose-able'

Small

$0.20

-

No

For additional help, please contact the LTS Help Desk at 610-758-4357 or helpdesk@lehigh.edu