Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Importance of Backing Up Your Computer

As we approach the end of the semester, when students are working on papers, briefs, and course outlines, it is good to be reminded to back up your documents.

This post at Lawyerist.com explains why this is a good habit to take with you into your life as a practitioner.  After experiencing a system failure, the author offers this advice:

"I could have avoided all of my headaches by doing a true and complete backup by creating a complete image of my hard drive. Acronis True Image Home 2012 will back up everything on a single machine as if nothing ever happened. It creates an image of your hard drive so if something goes wrong you can reinstall everything – programs, applications, data, documents, and settings – the works! There are also versions for larger businesses. Another similar option is Norton Ghost.

Although I might not rely on this as my sole backup and disaster planning solution, given my experience this week, it is certainly one thing I won’t do without in the future."

Law students should at the very least be backing up their documents on a university server and perhaps a flash drive too.  Better safe than sorry!

(dkh)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_skills/2011/11/the-importance-of-backing-up-your-computer.html

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Comments

I have a Windows XP, and I have this option on my computer (go to start, all programs, system recovery, pc recovery disc creator). I was wondering if creating these discs is the same as backing up my computer.

Posted by: excel development | Nov 17, 2011 6:26:17 PM

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