Backing Up Important Data


Intended Audience

This Quicknote is for the benefit of faculty, staff, and students. This Quicknote also serves to assist our faculty and staff with information on backing up their computers before they are re-imaged. Prior to imaging a computer, we advise to back up all important documents and files to the Google Drive, and/or removable media. It is also highly recommended to regularly back up important data.

We can provide guidance on how to back up the information if requested, however the action of backing up data is the sole responsibility of each user and we are not responsible for any data loss during the imaging process. Imaging is a 'data-destructive' process and will erase the entire drive, so backing up important files and information to proper storage locations is highly encouraged.


To follow this Quicknote, you will need a base knowledge of computers. A location on a Google Drive, or removable media is also required (USB thumbdrive, blank DVD, External Hard Drive etc). This is for informational purposes only and ITS will not be held responsible for any data that is not backed up properly.

Here is a list of commonly backed up data on computers:

  • Documents, Videos, Music, and Pictures folders
  • Web browser favorites and settings
  • Download folder and any downloaded files
  • Email client data
  • Alternate libraries - such as iTunes that will download to other locations
  • Programs that are hard to find or re-download
  • Driver software
  • Chat logs
  • Serial keys of paid software

Here are some steps and directions on how to backup your data on a Windows computer:

Here are some steps and directions on how to backup your data on an Apple computer:


Any information that is not backed up properly will be lost after imaging your computer. With that in mind please make sure to back up your data to a location you can find and confirm that it has been properly done. Confirming that all the files you copied are in the desired location is important.


If you have any questions or experience any issues with this Quicknote, please contact the ITS Helpdesk for assistance

Locations: 206 Murchie Science Building or 3174 William S. White Building
Phone#: (810)-762-3123 option 1

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