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What is data backup?
Data or information in your workstation can be lost in several ways: computer malfunctions, theft, viruses, spyware, accidental deletion, and disasters. By the time we wish to backup our data, it might be too late or difficult if there are malfunctions within the workstation.
Why does it matter to me?
Recovering data is a very difficult, time consuming and costly process, and it is not even guaranteed that you will be able to recover your data from a system malfunctions or data theft. Imagine losing important data like thesis report, project documentation or even your personal photos due to system crash it is very damaging and may end up redoing everything or totally lose important remembrance moments of your life like photo and videos. Backing up data is easy and can save you great amounts of time as well as ensure that your data is protected in the case of disaster or theft.
Which policy do I need to know?
Per SMU AUP Policy
5.20. Backup. All data on the University computer systems is subject to backup at the sole discretion of the University. While the IITS will do its utmost efforts in ensuring the integrity of the backed up data, IITS cannot guarantee that all backed up data can be restored. Users, therefore have the responsibility to backup for their own critical files and systems.
Within the Microsoft and Macintosh operating system, there is software which will help in the backup process. Examples are Time Machine in Macintosh and Backup and Restore in Windows 7. Some external portable hard disk may come with backup software. Do evaluate the software to understand the ease of use to backup and restore individual files, folders and the entire hard disk.
Always remember to always backup your data or information at the earliest to avoid disappointment.
How to use Time Machine to backup to an external hard disk
Windows 7 Backup and Restore