notebook entry for file storage-- last updated 20170817


Every lab should have its own server space. When using imaging equipment, users should immediately copy data to their server space. This guarrantees that they have access to the data, that the lab PI has access to the data, and that the data are secured. This is safer and faster than using USB devices.

The best way to store data collected on the microscopes is to save directly to the designated data hard drive.

Unless running extremely high speed image collections, I keep two folders (windows) open behind the image collection software.

The first is the data directory of my current imaging session.

The second is a connection to our lab's server.

Either periodically during the imaging session (saves time if many GB of data are generated) or definitely at the end of the session, I copy the new data to the server.



Caveat: As of late 2019, we were told that disaster recovery was limited to 45 days. Anything deleted (by accident, intentionally, or due to system error) that isn't discovered and reported within 45 days may be gone forever.  

Want to share files with other people inside the fire wall?

Use openshares.


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OneDrive is a great resource for working in the cloud and for sharing data with multiple levels of security, for instance collaboration or read-only.

Microscopy Core has its own server space

I save all data to my directory on the Core's shared space. This assures assisted work is secure. Users who work unassisted assume complete responsibility for securing their own data.

All Core staff have access to read my data directory. This means that all Core staff have access for users in case I am not available and in cases where we are collaborating.

Also, the Core may distribute data by copying it to a guest accessable directory. This is a by-invitation-only alternative to Openshares which is not automatically deleted after some period of time.




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