A backup is a copy of an original file that can be restored in case of system failure. It is important to make backups of your data often, especially after editing important files. Backups should be made to an external storage source, such as an external hard drive or cloud-based storage service.
External Hard Drive Backups
For information on creating backups using an external hard drive, see Apple's Mac Basics: Time Machine Web page.
For instructions on backing up files see the Microsoft Back up your programs, system settings, and files page.
Cloud-Based Service Backups
Cloud-based services like Google Drive, which is included as a part of your VT Google Apps account, work in both Mac OS and Windows and can be used to back up your data without the need for an external hard drive. Because your data is backed up to a server, you will need to have Internet connectivity when creating backups and accessing your backed up data.
For instructions on backing up your data using Google Drive, see Google's Upload files and folders page.
Network Backups for Faculty/Staff
For a departmental fee, faculty and staff can back up data using the Virginia Tech Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) system.