Good practice for storage
Your data management plan should include a plan for backing up your data on a regular basis.
You should store three copies:
1. the original
2. a copy kept on a local external device
3. a copy kept on an external device at a different location
- Include metadata and readme.txt files in your backups.
10 simple rules for data storage!
"This article describes ten simple rules for digital data storage that grew out of a long discussion among instructors for the Software and Data Carpentry initiatives. Software and Data Carpentry instructors are scientists from diverse backgrounds who have encountered a variety of data storage challenges and are active in teaching other scientists best practices for scientific computing and data management. Thus, this paper represents a distillation of collective experience, and hopefully will be useful to scientists facing a variety of data storage challenges."
Edmund M. Hart, Pauline Barmby, David LeBauer, François Michonneau, Sarah Mount, Patrick Mulrooney, Timothée Poisot, Kara H. Woo, Naupaka B. Zimmerman, Jeffrey W. Hollister, in: PLOS, Published: October 20, 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005097