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One of the most frequently cited causes of data loss is accidental deletion by the end-user. Backing up computer data is one of the most important steps you can take to protect the information on your computer. Other causes of lost data can include such things as equipment failure, computer theft, file corruption, accidental deletion, virus attack, or natural disaster (flood, fire, etc.). The value of backups becomes evident if you have ever lost data and were able to restore it from a recent backup.

If you have critical information for which you are responsible and are making your own backups, your backup process needs to include the same steps followed by LAN Administrators. Contact your LAN Administrator or your organizationís ISSO for assistance.

Backup Tips

If you save files on devices that are not routinely backed up by LAN support staff, such as your workstation or laptop, you are responsible for making backups. Follow these tips for trouble free backups.

  • Perform a FULL backup on a regular basis
  • Do not backup over your most recent backup media.
  • Use a cycle of at least three backups to avoid losing data if a tape or other backup media goes bad.
  • Properly label your backups to ensure correct rotation and identification.
  • Store backup media in a safe and secure location.
  • All critical data and system file backups should be stored in a high security offsite facility under contract by CDC.  Contact IRMO at (404) 639-7810 for more information.
  • Password protect your backups, if possible.

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