Sadly in the past students have lost tons of work. Hard drives fail, CDs break, and external hard drives crash. Students have lost literally years of their art. This has all been preventable too. Simply back up your data, and back up your backups. It may seem like a pain, but you’ll be glad you did if something unfortunate happens to one of them. Don’t lose your portfolio, don’t lose your thesis, don’t lose your mind! Just back up.
For some more details on why or what to backup to here’s a short article: The Computer Backup Rule Of Three.
If that’s not enough, maybe this nifty video from MIAD’s IT department will do the trick:
Don’t let your career end before it begins!