Poll: Where do you store your work-related data?
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Jan 8, 2015

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:59
German to English
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Other Jan 8, 2015

On a server backed up to a NAS box.


neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:59
Spanish to English
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USB Jan 8, 2015

Mainly on a small 16G USB pen drive. I also keep copies on one backup PC and 2 laptops just in case, but I backup the pen drive more frequently.

The cloud "solution" is not for me, although Dropbox has managed to inveigle itself onto at least 2 of my computers...


Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:59
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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A combination Jan 8, 2015

The computer, a backup drive, and sometimes a thumbstick.


Thayenga  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:59
Member (2009)
English to German
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On an external hard drive Jan 8, 2015

This was a good storing method until I needed a new hard drive for my computer, changing the OS from XP to Windows 8. And suddenly I am no longer "authorized" to access my stored data. Sigh.

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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:59
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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All of it, Jan 8, 2015

except for the cloud.

But I also keep physical binders with basic information.


M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:59
English to Polish
Other Jan 8, 2015

On my computer drive, and each day an automatic backup is made on a secure dedicated cloud system.


Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Other Jan 8, 2015

I send it to Wikileaks


Anthony Baldwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 16:59
Portuguese to English
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Best answer! Jan 8, 2015

Chris S wrote:

I send it to Wikileaks

this really made me laugh.

I keep it on my computer and do regular, nightly backups to an extra hdd, all automated and secure on Debian GNU/Linux systems.
I have too many NDAs and Confidentiality Agreements to trust any of it to a third party storage provider, and I don't trust them anyway.


Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:59
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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In my computer?? Jan 8, 2015

I'm worried about those who answered "In my computer". I really hope none of us save all of our work only "in my computer" and nowhere else. Not having a backup of your work in a very safe place is a terrible mistake.


Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:59
English to Spanish
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On a stick? Jan 8, 2015

Doing backups to a USB stick is risky. Besides, I'm sure most of us have more than one USB stick lying around.

Backing up data to a NAS box or to an external hard drive seems the most sensible solution. So-called cloud storage firms come and go. What if Dropbox falls out of the sky and you can't access your precious data?

As my namesake Mario Freitas, I'm also surprised that people responded "computer" as the place to keep their backups. That does not make sense. By definition, a backup resides outside the computer.

I have a friend with the most convoluted backup strategy: every night she would back up her data to DVD discs. It didn't matter that I tried to reason with her that this method takes way too long at 4GB per DVD disc and that hard drives are sturdier and last longer than DVDs. She's smart but stubborn.


Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:29
English to Hindi
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OneDrive Jan 9, 2015

I have recently started using the free 15 GB of cloud storage that comes with my hotmail account for backing up my TMs. This also helps when I am travelling, as I can access vital TMs from wherever I am without having to carry pen drives and external hard-drives.

[Edited at 2015-01-09 06:44 GMT]


Berna Bleeker
Local time: 22:59
Member (2011)
English to Dutch
On my computer Jan 9, 2015

With a backup on an external HD.


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