Faculty & Staff Backups

We can’t reiterate enough the importance of backing up your data.  Hard drives fail — it’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when.  Usually, it’s when you’re right in the middle of something very important, and usually the data that’s suddenly gone was irreplaceable.  Our goal is to make backing up COE faculty and staff computers easy.

To that end, Drexel now provides faculty and staff the ability to backup and restore files through CrashPlan, an online cloud-based backup service.  If you do not have CrashPlan installed on your computer, please contact CTS to have it configured.  The version needed is not the same as what is available online.  Once installed, CrashPlan provides continuous backups as long as it’s able to reach the backup servers.

Equipment PC Backups

If your research group has computers with specialized software, drivers, and configurations to control research equipment, then CTS offers backup space to create a restorable copy of the hard drive.  All you need is a copy of Clonezilla (bootable off of a USB or CD) and the following instructions.  Please email us at helpdesk@coe.drexel.edu for the up-to-date credentials.

  1. Before shutting down Windows, run the Drive Cleanup Wizard to remove temporary files and other file that do not need to be backed up.
  2. Boot into Clonezilla by choosing an alternate boot device (On Dells, press F12 at the Dell logo; other manufacturers may use Esc, F12, F10, or another keypress to get to the boot device selection screen).  The default mode of Clonezilla live should work in most cases.
  3. After booting into Clonezilla, choose:
    1. Language: English
    2. Keymap policy: Don’t touch keymap
    3. Select mode: Start Clonezilla
    4. Select mode: device-image
    5. Mount Clonezilla Image Directory: samba_server
    6. Clonezilla will then search for active network connections — select the link that shows “Link detected: yes” if prompted
    7. Network Config: dhcp
    8. Mount Samba Server: data1.coe.drexel.edu
    9. Domain: (leave blank)
    10. Account: backups
    11. Directory: /backups
    12. Security Mode: auto
    13. Password: press Ok, enter the password at the prompt, and press enter.  (The password is provided by CTS staff — if you don’t have it, please email helpdesk@coe.drexel.edu)
      1. If that worked, you’ll see //data1.coe.drexel.edu/backups 8.2T at the bottom of the list, mounted on /home/partimag
    14. Choose mode: Beginner
    15. Select mode: savedisk
    16. Input a name: Remove the last word and number from the default, leaving the date (e.g. 2016-10-06) followed by a dash and then the name of the computer you’re backing up (e.g. 2016-10-06-instronpc)
    17. Choose local disk as source: typically, you’ll only need to back up the main hard drive, sda.
    18. Check and repair: skip checking/repairing source file system
    19. Check the saved image: Yes
    20. Encrypt the image: No
    21. You will then be asked to confirm that you wish to proceed with the backup – please answer Y.
    22. After the backup is complete, please email helpdesk@coe.drexel.edu to let us know, and we will move the file into the archived backup directory.  If this backup is meant to supersede an older backup, please let us know.

If you run into issues, we’re happy to assist with any custom steps that your PC requires.  This backup system is NOT meant for research group workstations or data — it is solely for backing up PCs that control research equipment or perform other lab tasks.