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How do I backup my data in Windows?

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Article SummaryIt is your responsibility to backup your data.
This article is intended for all staff and students at all campuses.
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Note: It is your responsibility to back up your data before any work is done on your laptop. ITS does not backup your data, unless you bring your laptop to the ITS Service Desk and request the paid data backup service. For more information, see  Where are the ITS Service Desk locations?  and  What are the prices for ITS tech services?

It is important that you back up your files on a regular basis. It is your responsibility to have your data backed up.

You need to have a backup plan for your data. This includes scheduled regular backups (such as every week) to another location (USB stick, external hard drive, network drive, or cloud storage) so when your hard drive fails (they all do sooner or later) you are prepared. Note: It may be impossible to recover data from a crashed, dropped, burned, or water-logged hard drive.

You have the following options when backing up your data:
You can back up school related files on your N: drive while at the college.
When logging onto a campus computer, if you press the Windows key + E key combination (or navigate to My Computer), you will see a drive named HOME (\\Algshare) (N:) on the computer. You can manually copy or move files to this drive and they will be accessible from any college computer, as well as your laptop should you map the drive. For help, see How do I connect to my N drive?

You may need to backup personal or large files that are not be suitable for storage on the N: drive. In these cases, you can use an external hard drive. You can purchase external hard drives from the college book store (Connections) or at any major computer and electronics retailer. These hard drives range in capacity, with some storing as much as 4 terabytes of data. Vendors such as Seagate and Western Digital provide their own backup software with the hard drive - use this software to assist you in backing up your files. You can also use the Windows backup feature by opening Control Panel and selecting Back up your computer under System and Security.

An alternative to an external hard drive is cloud storage.
For more information, see What free cloud storage options do I have? Note: These options are third party services - the college does not endorse or support them.

It is important that you back up your files on a regular basis. It is your responsibility to have your data backed up.

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