Backing Up Your Data

Purpose of this page

The purpose of this page is to instruct you in the area(s) to back-up your files and the methods used to complete the back-up tasks.  This page will explain the steps necessary to save your work-related computer files to an external source. This process is needed to protect and save your work-related data. The primary supported external source to save your files would be your personal allocated space on MIDDFILES\HOME.

Important:  These procedures below relate to your work files only.  Your MIDDFILES\HOME space is limited in available space to save work-related objects/files.  If you have personal music, photos, videos and the like to backup then you will need to acquire other storage means (such as an external hard drive or USB storage drive) to save those objects/files.

Here are the locations of files you should back-up to an external source for protection; especially if you are receiving a new computer upgrade and must return your old computer to LIS.


Windows computer

This section describes backing-up your Desktop, Bookmarks, Documents, Signatures and iTunes

  • The first thing to do is check to see if you have Windows XP (green rectangular "start" button) or Windows 7 (round orb with Windows logo for a Start button). If you are unsure, contact the Helpdesk.
  • You will want to copy some folders from your local "home" folder to your external storage location. The location of this folder on Windows XP is C:\Documents and Settings\<username>, and on Windows 7 it is C:\Users\<username>.
  • Once you have opened this folder, you will probably want to backup the Deskop, Favorites, and Documents folders, as well as your e-mail signature, as appropriate. Remember, anything not accessible from public lab computers will be GONE if you don't back it up!

Backup the Desktop:

   Location on your hard drive:  C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Desktop     

    [Show me how]

Backup your browser favorites (bookmarks):

   Internet Explorer 6,7,8:

     Location on your hard drive:  C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Favorites

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   Firefox 3.x / 4.x

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Backup your your Documents:

   Note:  You should already be saving all work-related documents on your MIDDFILES\HOME space

   Location on your hard drive:  C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents

   [Show me how]

Backup your Email Signatures:

   Location on your hard drive:

   C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures (if applicable)

   [Show me how]

iTunes - If you use iTunes you will want to visit these two links:



Apple Computer

On an Apple computer running 10.x or higher you will want to copy the following container to your external source:

Open Finder, select "Macintosh HD", then select "Users", then highlight your <username> and copy the entire contents inside this folder to your external storage destination.

NOTE: The "Users" contain stores everything you will care about when wanting to restore data to your [new] computer. Your documents, music, iPhotos, Movies, Pictures and more are stored inside this containiner. Be warned that if you have excessive files you may need to use a personal external storage drive since MIDDFILES\HOME only allows so much storage.

For more information and steps to backup various areas on your Apple computer please visit this Apple Support Backup Link.


If your computer is being replaced:

If you are an Apple iTunes user and store music, photos, etc... on your computer that will soon be replaced by LIS it is very important that you "Deauthorize" your old computer before replacement. This process allows you to release your personal iTunes account (with attached device ID) to apply on a new computer. To "Deauthorize" your iTunes account you will need to follow these instructions here--> http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1420


Please visit this wiki page link  for information regarding the retore of your data onto a new computer.

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