Here are our tips and tricks for making sure you don't lose any files. If you have lost a file on your H: Drive, find out how to recover it, or if you have lost a file elsewhere you can raise an ASK request. You can also find out more about keeping your files safe using the data storage and security pages. 

Never work directly from an email attachment

Before you start working on the attachment, always use 'Save As' and save it either on your Onedrive or H: Drive. 

Don't just open the attachment, work on it and click Save - you will lose your changes and we cannot recover them.

Never start a document without saving it

Always save a new piece of work as soon as you start it. Many programs will auto-save your work every 15 minutes, but they won't, unless you have clicked 'Save As' first.

Save in more than one place

Always keep important files in more than one location. Save it in multiple destinations. 

Never leave your work until the last minute

Most mistakes are made when people are in a rush and under pressure.

Sharing and collaboration

Imperial offers several ways to make it easy to share and collaborate with others. Find out more on the sharing and collaboration pages

Sharing large files

Imperial College staff and students can send large files internally and externally using either the File Exchange or OneDrive for Business. Find out more on the sharing large files pages

Sharepoint and Wikis

For more information on SharePoint and wikis, go to the Imperial web guide