Make copies of important computer files on some regular basis. This is commonly referred to as backing up your files. The main purpose of doing back-ups is to protect yourself against disaster.
On your work computer, you need not worry about having to reinstall your operating system or any other supported products. Information Technology will do that for you. However, you will need to keep copies of any special products you purchase. And, most importantly, you need to make sure you regularly back-up any personally created files. See Which Files to Backup for guidelines.
- CDs - reliable, fairly high capacity
- DVDs - reliable, higher capacity than CDs
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- Your computer must have the hardware capability to read and write the type of media (CDs or DVDs) and the software program to perform the back-up (copy) function.
- Faculty, staff and students may call the IT Help Desk to discuss their particular back-up needs and what back-up method might work best for them.