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Data Storage at Purdue

This guide details the variety of data storage options available to faculty and graduate students at Purdue University..

Dropbox Basic

Dropbox is a cloud file sharing and storage solution. Find out more at

Dropbox Facets

Platform Cloud storage
Primary Use Enterprise and individual file storage system.
Who Owns the Data You.
Commercial Entity Yes
Design Target (its goals) General public, business accounts.
Price Free for basic; Can upgrade for enhanced features.
Available storage 2 GB
Privacy Do NOT use for sensitive data.
Accessible from HPC systems Not available from HPC systems. Can transfer files from computers using Dropbox applications, but no transfers to servers without downloading to a computer first.
Back-ups Dropbox saves a history of all deleted and earlier versions of files for 30 days for all Dropbox accounts.
Data retention Data is purged after the Dropbox account is closed.
Shared account/support for collaboration Individual files can be shared with collaborators.
Permissions Add individual collaborators as needed.
Access after you leave Purdue Not tied to Purdue accounts.
Data management plan None.
Publication of datasets No
Assigns DOIs No
Preserve datasets None.
Trusted repository No
Metadata No
Dataset preview and edit from the platform Yes
Data security Two step account verification can be enable. Employees at Dropbox can access your files.
Treatment of sensitive data Not allowed.