Backing Up Your Computer
Your computing processes must include backing up your files daily. Backing up your work will enable you to recover files that are on your computer or USB drive if it goes down or becomes infected with a virus, or is lost or stolen.
You should also:
- Keep a list of the software that is on your computer
- Store the CDs or other media that you initially used to install that software in a safe place
- Document any special settings within those applications
- Back up special files on your computer, such as your browser bookmarks or favorites
Backing Up to the U-M Network
If your computer is connected to the U-M network, you may be able to save your files on a network file server that is backed up daily. Check with the computer support staff in your unit to learn if this is an option.
Other Backup Options
If automatic backup to a server is not an option, it is essential that your computing processes include creating a daily backup of your files. Options include backing up your files on:
- an external hard disk
- removable cartridge device
- CD-R or CD-RW
- USB flash drive
- a paper copy
- Web-based service
If your data is valuable to you, please make backing it up a regular habit.