CIS Department Wiki
Losing critical data is one of the most frustrating and problematic computer issues most people encounter. Fortunately, data loss is easily preventable with consistent backup procedures. Critical data and works-in-progress should always have a backup made. This copy should be saved somewhere other than your computer's hard drive.
You have several options available to back up your personal files on your computer - CD-R, USB drives, external hard drives, and network storage are the most common. USB thumb drives are available for sale at most electronic and office stores as well as a limited number available in the SPU Library.
Faculty and staff using SPU owned computers have their My Documents as well as Internet Explorer favorites automatically backed up to SPU's central server through Datasync. This data is secured using encryption. For data security reasons, we discourage copying any university related data to personally owned storage devices. Sensitive Personal Information (SPI) such as grades and personal identifiers should never be copied outside of this secure environment.