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Managing your data

Backing up your files

Making backups of your files is an integral part of data management. Regular backups may protect against:

  • hardware failure/faults
  • software failure/faults
  • virus infection/hacking
  • power failure
  • human error

How to backup your files

Developing a backup procedure heavily depends upon the nature of the data, the perceived value of the data, and the perceived level of risk.  Though a backup procedure should be customized, there are a few general procedures that may be made in regards to backing up and securing your data. 

Backup your data

  • Make multiple copies of your data (original + backup copy + external copy)
  • Store the copies in various locations (geographically distant location and locally)
  • Store the copies on various media devices (tape backups, external hard-drives, online cloud storage)