OIT Computing and Printing
Purchasing a computer for use at Duke
Duke has two programs—one for faculty and staff, and one for students—that offer good value on computers specifically designed for use at Duke. Read more about the Duke Computer Purchasing program and the Duke Computer Care Coverage Program at Purchasing a Computer for Use at Duke.
Students who decide to purchase a computer elsewhere should make sure the machine meets our minimum hardware specifications to enable the best access to Duke's IT resources. You can also view recommendations on file organization, performance optimization and use of Windows 7.
Duke negotiates with vendors to make software available to Duke affiliates for discounted rates or, in many cases, for free. See what software is available.
There are computer labs available all over campus, most open 24x7 during classes. OIT also provides Multimedia Project Studios, which give students access to multimedia and design software and one-on-one consultations.
Duke's Scalable Computing Support Center offers access to the Duke Shared Cluster Resource, training and consultations.
File storage and backup
It's important to back up your files regularly to avoid a major data loss. OIT offers a free 5 GB of storage with WebFiles, and you can also opt to pay to back up your data automatically via Iron Mountain's Connected backup service.