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Backing Up Files

  • If you have pictures, word documents, class materials, music, or anything else you consider important stored on your computer, you need to back it up.
  • You should backup your data as often as possible. Common options are hourly, daily, or weekly. It is suggested that you backup your information at least weekly. However, if you work with extremely important documents, you may wish to backup your information daily.
  • Some personal backup programs will automatically back up a document as soon as it is created.
  • Be sure to keep at least two copies of your information and store them in separate locations.
  • You can store your information on a physical device (example: USB memory stick) or in cloud-based storage (example: Google documents).
  • When using a physical device, it is best to label it both in the file name and externally.
  • Other backup methods you could use include: CDs, DVDs, and external hard drives.

Double check all backups. Backups are only useful if they're working.