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Data Backups

A current backup is the best prevention against any computer disaster. Once backed up properly, your data is safe and can be restored.

Which Data Are Important?

System software and software applications can be re-installed from their original disks. Primarily, it is the documents that you have created or acquired that would be difficult and time consuming (or in some cases, impossible) to recreate or re-acquire.  

Backing Up Your Computer

  • Burning CDs or DVDs.
  • Mirroring or synching files to an external hard drive.
  • Using a network backup service.
  • Using a Zip drive.
  • Backing up on a tape drive.

Points to Consider

  • Using CDs, DVDs, Zip disk, or an external hard drive to back up files requires consistent effort and a detailed labeling system.
  • Using back-up software helps to automate the process by allowing scheduling; the program keeps track of what needs to be backed up.
  • Centralized back-up services over the network are automated and keep track of when and what files need to be backed up. The backups are not in the same place as your computer, so if there is a fire, flood, or theft, your data is backed up and safely stored in a different location.
  • We do not recommend using a USB key for reliable storage of files. You can use these to transfer a file from one device to another, but do not depend on having a copy of an important file on that device. They wear out and break frequently.

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Last Updated: 2/1/13