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Backing Up Data at Northwestern

Almost anyone can relate to someone who has suddenly lost all of their data. Whether the computer crashed or was infected with a virus, data loss can be devastating. Both personal and University hard drive backups are essential in helping prevent permanent data loss.

What is backup?

Backing up is the process of copying data for future use in the event that original data is lost, stolen, or corrupted. Additional copies of data are called backups.

Why is backup necessary?

Regular data backups reduce the risk of permanent data loss. Data loss can happen for many reasons:

How do I start?

To ensure that your data stays yours, make it a practice to regularly back up your information. Choose a backup that fits your specific needs.

University Data (for faculty and staff):

Central Desktop Data Backup Service: Cost-effective and secure hosted data backup solution, powered by CrashPlan Pro, is available to participating campus groups through a service level agreement with the service vendor, Code42.

How often should I backup?

Should you backup once a day, once a week, or once a month? It depends on how valuable your data is. Ideally, backups should occur once a day. Several of the Web-based storage companies will perform this task automatically.

Keep in mind that seemingly simple backup solutions (e.g., external hard drives, CDs) are not always reliable as there is more risk associated with the immediately tangible. For low monthly fees, trustworthy Web-based storage companies (e.g., CrashPlan PRO) might be the solution you are looking for.

Last Updated: 30 January 2017

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