Tips from CoDA Training #5: Always Have a Backup Plan

Hello again, Nikki here. This week’s tip is a throwback from the very first CoDA webinar I attended. Any archaeologist will tell you, fieldwork brings with many unexpected adventures. Some of these adventures can and do end up in data loss. Whether it be extreme weather or remote locations, there is the ever looming risk that a hard drive will fail, or data will be deleted into an unrecoverable abyss. Codifi President Michael Ashley recommends implementing the 3-2-1 backup plan at the start of a project so that data can be recovered should things go awry.

What is the 3-2-1 Backup plan?

The 3-2-1 backup plan refers to a set of rules to implement into your project to ensure that you are able to recover your data should any of it be lost along the way.

Here’s the Breakdown:

3- Keep at least 3 copies of your data throughout the project, one original and two backups. This prevents the disaster of losing your only copy of data.

2- Keep your data stored on at least 2 different media locations. These may be the internal hard drive on your computer, an external hard drive, or even cloud storage. This way, even if one device fails there are other existing backups. 

1-Keep at least one copy of your data in an offsite location. In the event that your data storage location is destroyed, there will still be a copy available. This is where the cloud can be especially handy. 

There you have it! Three simple to follow rules that will provide the peace of mind that no matter what happens out there in the field, your data will be saved.