BoilerBackpack storage service retiring July 31, files need to be moved

Faculty, staff and students who have yet to move files they want to keep from BoilerBackpack need to do so before the end of July. The file storage, syncing and sharing service powered by Syncplicity, which Purdue began offering in 2012, will be retired on July 31.

One option for online storage is Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business, which is available to the campus community now at no cost. OneDrive for Business has the advantage of offering Purdue users a terabyte of space each. BoilerBackpack in contrast generally offers 150 gigabytes, one-seventh of OneDrive for Business’s capacity.

For information on setting up Office 365 with OneDrive for Business through Purdue visit

For information on transferring files from BoilerBackpack to OneDrive for Business, as well as sharing and syncing files and using OneDrive for Business with iOS, Android, macOS and Windows, see

Under Purdue’s data storage policies, it may not be appropriate to store some types of data on off-campus options like OneDrive for Business. For more information visit Secure Purdue’s Data Classification & Handling website.

Purdue was one of the first schools to offer what was, for the time, mass, available-anywhere network storage to its faculty, staff and students for their digital belongings. ITaP later added the syncing and sharing features via Syncplicity after users requested it. OneDrive for Business has built in syncing and sharing functionality

“BoilerBackpack was an innovative, useful service when Purdue rolled it out five years ago,” says Dan Schumacher, ITaP’s interim executive director for infrastructure services. “Technology continually advances, however, and there are now much better options.”

For more information and assistance, contact Tech Support at the ITaP Customer Service Center by calling 49-44000 or emailing

Writer: Greg Kline, science and technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), 765-494-8167 (office), 765-426-8545 (mobile),

Last updated: July 10, 2017

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