You are responsible for making backups of personal data/files stored on the ThinkPad.
Why back up my data/files?
Files and data can be lost through viruses, accidental deletion, hardware failure, or theft of the computer. Most hard drives are made up of moving parts which will eventually fail after extended use, that is why it is essential that you maintain a backup of your data so that you do not lose anything that is important to you or your work. Backups should reduce the impact of such occurrences. In addition, if you are bringing the ThinkPad to the Bridge for exchange or repairs, your data must be backed up prior to service.
There are many different options you can use to store/back up your data. Explore some of those options here
External Hard Drive Backup
Lists of USB flash drives and external drives that support encryption can be found on the Wake Forest University Infomation Security web site. The list can be found under the "Useful Links" section of the web site.
Following are instructions on how to create a backup of your files to an external hard drive using Windows 7 or Vista.
Windows 8 Using Windows Explorer to Create a Backup of Your Files to an External Hard Drive
- Close all programs and files.
- Click the Start menu.
- Click Your Name (i.e., LastName, FirstName MI)
- Hold down the Ctrl key while clicking each folder and file you want to copy.
- Right-click and select Copy.
- Close the window.
- Plug in your external hard drive.
- After a few seconds, your external hard drive window should appear (most likely drive D:)
- If the window does not automatically appear, follow these steps:
- Click Start menu.
- Click Computer.
- Locate and double-click on your external hard drive (most likely drive D:)
- Right-click in the external hard drive window and select Paste.
- A small dialog box will appear displaying time remaining. Depending on the amount of data, it may take several minutes.
Verifying Your Data Backup
When backing up your data, you want to ensure that you are backing up your actual files and folders, and not just shortcut's to said files.
To verify your data is all there, connect your external hard drive, USB devices, or insert the CD/DVD you used to perform the backup.
Go to Computer
or My Computer
and double click your external drive or DVD drive. Once open, you should be able to view the folders and or files you have backed up. We recommend checking the size of the files to determine whether or not you have the correct items.
Checking File Size
If you have saved your files inside of a folder on your external device, right click that folder and select Properties
. If the folder size is in the kilobytes or KB's
you most likely do not have all your data. Large amounts of data should reach up in to the megabytes or MB's
at least, however most are in to the gigabytes or GB's.
Similarly, if you have simply saved your files on to an external device, but did not place them in a folder - right click the external devices and select Properties
to see the size of all the files saved on the drive.
You can perform this test on all External Hard Drives, USB's and DVDs.
: If using a DVD to back up, don't forget to remove it from the drive after checking the file size.