Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Research data management

Create backup

Recommendations for backup creation.

This should be considered for backup creation:

  • save at least three copies of a file
  • on at least two different storage mediums
  • with at least one offsite medium (e.g. on another server)

Test file recovery at set up time and on a regular basis to prevent data loss.


Protect your (sensitive) research data:

  • protect your hardware; e.g. via a
    • separate lockable room
    • locker for data storage mediums or laptop
    • protection against theft for your laptop
  • use file encryption
  • keep passwords safe
  • at least two people should have access to your data


Questions regarding backup and data security can be directed to the support of the Computer and Media Service of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.