Automatically Back Up Important Computer Files

ITS provides several locations where faculty, staff and student computer files are automatically backed up. Users are encouraged to take advantage of these locations to help protect data against any loss.

Files stored on the Y: drive, the personal network storage area, or on the W: drive, the network storage area shared within departments, are automatically backed up by ITS.

Email on the Exchange server is automatically backed up. Note: it is possible to configure your email client to download your email from Exchange so it ONLY resides on your PC.  This is an advanced email client configuration ITS does not recommend. If you do this your email is not backed up on Exchange. Email archives you create are not automatically backed up unless you store them on your Y: or W: drive.    

Academic course materials faculty store in the Blackboard system are automatically backed up. Faculty materials stored in the Truman Google Apps for Education system are also automatically backed up. Note: staff materials stored in the Google Apps for Education system are not automatically backed up.

If you have important files on your personal computer hard drive, they are not automatically backed up. Be sure to regularly copy your personal computer documents to your network Y: drive, an external hard drive or some other secure storage location to ensure your files are backed up and protected. For questions about what locations are automatically backed up, contact the ITS Help Desk at 660.785.4544.
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