Any work which you save to your MCS filespace (which is automatically accessible on the College MCS PCs as drive U:, and is also known as the DS-Filestore service) is regularly backed up by the UIS. However, you are encouraged to make your own backups to CD-R/RWs or to USB flash drives, especially if you are working on a very important file. The Computer Support Office has a stock of CD-R/RW discs and USB memory sticks for sale.
Even if you normally work on your own computer in your room and do not use the College MCS PCs, we recommend that you use the University's DS-Filestore service as an additional backup for your work; you can never have too many backups, and disks and flash drives can get lost or damaged. You can access the DS-Filestore service from your own computer by following the instructions on the UIS website. Remember that the space on DS-Filestore is provided for academic work, so the University are unlikely to look favourably on requests for more space if it turns out that you have used your existing space to back up your personal music collection and last year's holiday snaps.
If you don't keep regular backups of your work, you will almost certainly discover, with a horrible sinking feeling, about two-and-a-half hours before the submission deadline, that you have either accidentally erased your one and only copy of your work entirely and are unable to recover it, or that the hard drive in your computer has gone bang and all your work is gone.