Caring for Your Computer
Back Up Your Data
You never know when the unexpected may occur. There is always the potential that you may accidentally delete an essential file. Computer data occasionally gets corrupted, your computer may be lost, or damaged beyond the point of affordable data recovery. It is important to always be prepared for the unexpected. Information Technology Services strongly recommends that you back up your essential information at least once a week.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is critical to regularly back up the data (files) stored on the hard drive(s) of your computer: If your hard drive crashes or a situation develops that prevents you from accessing the hard drive, the data and your work is lost if you don't have a back-up copy.
In general, the safest choice is to back up your critical data to an external medium. Some popular options are CD/DVDs, USB Flash drives (i.e., a small removable drive that you connect to your computer using a USB port), and external hard drives. The option you use will depend upon a number of factors, including the amount of data you want to back up.
As it turns out, most modern operating systems come with their own integrated backup software that guides you through the process of setting up and scheduling a backup. Here are some tutorials from Microsoft and Apple.