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


Windows running XP you will want to copy the following folders to your external source:

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Desktop

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Favorites

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents

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

NOTE: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents contains your personal documents, pictures, music and photos. If you have saved objects outside this area you will need to find them and save those objects to your MIDDFILES\Home area.

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.


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

Restoring your data:

To Windows 7 computer

To Apple 10.6.x computer:

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