Backup Guide

Why do I need to backup my computer?

Backups are an insurance policy: if your computer crashes or if UniLodge burns down, they are a way to make sure that you still have your data. So make sure you don’t lose your thesis the week before it is due, and keep backups in multiple places, especially of your important data.

Backing up from Windows 8

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1. Get an external drive to backup onto, and plug it in. We recommend that you dedicate one drive for backups; it is quite cheap to buy an external hard drive. You can even get discounted drives here.
2. Prepare the drive for backup, by formatting the external hard drive to NTFS as follows:

  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. Click on This PC
  3. Right click on the icon for your external hard drive, and click “Format”. Note that formatting will remove any data on this hard drive
  4. Change “File System” to NTFS, then press start

3. Open the Start Screen and type “File History” without the quotes.
4. Click the “File History” icon.
5. Press the “Turn On” button.
6. You will be asked whether you want to recommend the drive to other members of your home group. We recommend you click no.
7. That’s it – leave your hard-drive plugged in and it will complete the backup.

Backing up from Windows 7/Vista

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1. Get an external drive to backup onto, and plug it in. We recommend that you dedicate one drive for backups; it is quite cheap to buy an external hard drive. You can even get discounted drives here.
2. Prepare the drive for backup, by formatting the external hard drive to NTFS as follows:

  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. Click on This PC
  3. Right click on the icon for your external hard drive, and click “Format”. Note that formatting will remove any data on this hard drive
  4. Change “File System” to NTFS, then press start

3. Open the start menu, and click on “Control Panel”.
4. In the search box (top right of “Control Panel”) type Backup, and click on “Backup and Restore”.
5. Click on “Set up backup” (located on the right).
6. In the window that opens, select the drive you want to backup to, and press “next”.
7. Select “Let me choose” and select the drives you want to backup, including “C:”. Note that this will not back up programs or Windows files.
8. That’s it – leave your hard-drive plugged in and it will complete the backup.

For an excellent and more detailed guide to backups, click here

Backing up from OSX

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1. Get an external drive to backup onto, and plug it in. We recommend that you dedicate one drive for backups; it is quite cheap to buy an external hard drive. You can even get discounted drives here.
2. Visit the Apple backup guides at: https://www.apple.com/au/support/backup/. Then simply select which operating system you are using and follow the instructions provided.

Offsite backups

But all of the above options only protect you from hard drive failure. In the worst case scenario, UniLodge might burn down, or some other catastrophe may cause you to lose both your computer’s hard drive and your backup.

This is why offsite backups are so important – having your really important data in the cloud as well as on an external hard drive can provide you peace of mind.

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Solutions that work include Google Drive or DropBox. Both of these are super simple to setup:
1. Just signup for a Google or DropBox account,
2. Download and install their desktop applications
3. Drag your important files into either the “DropBox” or “Google Drive” folder.
4. That’s it – it will automatically sync to the cloud.