Loss and Theft - Data
If you value your data (notes, essays, project work, favourite holiday photos) you need to back up your files. This simply means copying the files to another storage device, e.g. USB pen drive, CD, or external USB hard-drive that you keep separate from your computer and which is free from any viruses.
If you sell your computer or give it away (even to a close friend or relative), make sure that all the data on it has been deleted. You can either reformat the hard disk or opt for a more robust solution that completely wipes the data from the disk (e.g. Darik's Boot and Nuke).
For staff and postgraduates, the University also runs a free back-up service, the HFS. You register your computer with this service, and can then back it up on demand and/or on a weekly automatic schedule.
Operating systems are made up of a large number of files that make it
possible for a computer to run. Most computer systems have standard
utilities for making backup copies of key system files - try typing the word
backup into your computer's Help system. You should also
keep boot CDs to start up the computer if the main disk becomes faulty.
If you use a Mac, upgrade to the latest operating system and use the Time Machine feature.