Best Practices for Backing up Data
Data is the most important aspect of your device. The operating system can be reinstalled and so can applications, but it may be difficult or impossible to recreate your original data.
Why Should I Backup my Data?
Some of the reasons for backing up your data are:
- the hard drive on your device fails
- the data is corrupted
- device is lost or stolen
- environmental effect like a fire or water damage
- a virus infects the device
What Should I Backup?
Backup any information that is important to you. For example, document folders, and browser bookmarks. At the very least, IT recommends you backup the following:
- Custom software source and licensing information
- License keys/serial numbers will not automatically populate when you reinstall software—keep this information in a safe place
Please note: Employee Email is Backed Up Automatically
Because all of Sheridan's corporate email is stored on our Exchange server, each employee's email is backed up every night.
If you ever need to have your email restored contact email@example.com.
Where Should I Keep my Backups?
Below are some storage options for your backups:
* Recommended for your most important files. Network shares and personal network drives are automatically backed up every night.
** Some factors to consider when deciding on an appropriate external device are speed, size, portability and security.
- Remember any information not backed up has the potential to be lost
- As soon as you have new files or changes to existing files it is recommended you do a backup
- Important documents should be saved to your network drive
- If you have a large amount of data to be backed up the best option would be to use an external drive. If you are unsure of what kind of external drive to use please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a consultation.
- Always confirm the backup was successful
- For information about backing up your mobile device, please refer to the support website for your device's manufacturer