Back Up Your Files

Before You Start…

Information Technology routinely backs up the files you store on network drives H, J, S and T.

Users are responsible for performing routine backups of data on their local drive (e.g., C: drive).

  • If you choose to back up your files on the C: drive, you should copy the backup file to some other media (e.g., recordable CD, USB flash drive, etc.) as well for safekeeping.
  • Learn how to burn files to a CD.

Note:

We recommend saving critical files in two locations to help prevent data loss.

Remember that if you are no longer an active student, the information in your H: Drive will be deleted by January 31st of the following year if you enrolled in the previous spring semester. You can find more information on account deletion on the Expiring CedarNet Accounts page.

Hints

  • Performing a backup is the easy part; remembering to do it is harder.
  • Develop a plan (e.g., every Friday, every payday, etc.) to help you remember to do periodic backups of your most important documents.
  • You may want to create a desktop shortcut for "Windows Backup" or "Winzip."
  • For extra protection, rotate different kinds of storage (recordable CD, USB memory stick, etc.) so that the new backup does not over-write the latest backup.

Create a Backups Folder on the C: Drive

  1. Go to [Start] > "My Computer" > "Local Disk (C:). "
  2. Go to "File" > "New" > "Folder. "
  3. Name the new folder "Backups."

Use Windows XP Backup

You may need to be logged in as a local administrator to perform the backup.

  1. Go to "Start" > "All Programs" > "Accessories" > "System Tools" > "Backup."
  2. The "Backup or Restore Wizard" will open > Click [Next].
  3. Select "Back up files and settings" > Click [Next].
  4. Select "Let me choose what to back up" > Click [Next].
  5. In the left-hand panel, click [+] next to "My Computer" > Click [+] next to "Local Disk (C:)."
  6. Check the box next to each directory that you want to backup.
  7. Click [Next].
  8. Under "Choose a place to save your backup:," click [Browse...] > Choose one of the following locations:
    • The "Backups" folder you created in the C: drive under "My Computer."
    • The D: drive, if you have inserted a recordable disc (CD-R) in the disc drive.
    • The E: drive, if you have connected your portable storage device (flash drive) to a USB port.
  9. Browse to the location where you want to save your backup > Click [Save].
  10. Click [Next].
  11. If you wish, click [Advanced...] to schedule your backup to run automatically.
  12. Click [Finish] > [Close].

 

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