Data backup and file management

Data backup procedures, ensuring that both data and software are regularly and securely backed up, are essential to protect against the loss of that data and software. To facilitate a rapid recovery from an emergency, copies of any backups and any relevant documentation including software licences must be stored remotely.

Users should note that only critical College systems are routinely backed up by IS Services. The responsibility for backing up data held on individual computers, regardless of whether they are owned privately or by the College, falls entirely to the user of that computer. For full details see the College data backup and disaster recovery policy.

For guidelines on practical ways to backup your data see the College data backup guidelines users should also make themselves familiar with our file management guidelines.

Users of computers in College Computer Rooms should be familiar with backing up their personal data and email and should consult our notes on filestorage backup and email backup.