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Software Backups FAQ

Software Backups

 

Software Backups

What does "backup my files" mean? How is it done?

"Back-Up" means to make a copy of the data or information that you use to perform your job. It is important to have this back-up available in the event that the primary source of the information becomes unavailable. There are different methods used to back-up files. For electronic retrieval, the information could be copied onto a disk or copied to the network. Discuss your options and the best method with your systems administrator.

Date Revised : 2003-06-05

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Who is responsible for backing up my files? How is it done?

The individual responsible for backing up software and files on a computer varies and depends on whether the computer is connected to network or is "stand-alone". There are different methods used to back-up files. For electronic retrieval, the information could be copied onto a disk or copied to the network. Discuss your options and the best method with your systems administrator.

Policy Referenced : Responsible/Acceptable use of Computing and Data Resources (PDF)

Date Revised : 2006-03-28

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How many backup copies of software should I make?

The standard number of software backup copies, if allowed by the software's license, are 3 - One master copy not used for restore in the event of a disaster; One copy to be used for restore purposes; and the 2nd copy as a "spare" just in case the restore copy is damaged during the restore process.

Policy Referenced : Responsible/Acceptable use of Computing and Data Resources (PDF)

Date Revised : 2006-03-28

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