Computer Backup Information - Saving Important Data

Windows 7

Saving Important Data 

(If there is more than one person who logs on to the computer, EACH person will need to log on and save their data.)

STEP ONE: 

Determine where you will store your data. The best place to keep data is on your H drive (a.k.a. Home drive). This server (bonsai) keeps your data accessible to you at all times and is backed up on a daily basis. If your computer crashes it will NOT affect any data stored on this network drive. Your H drive is automatically mapped for you every time you log onto your NAU domain computer. So all you have to do is double-click your My Computer icon, then double-click the drive called "[userid] on 'bonsai.ucc.nau.edu'".

If you do not want to use your H drive, you can back up to a blank CD or to another hard drive.

STEP TWO: 

Determine what data you need to save. 

Most files are saved in the Documents folder. This folder is typically located at Local Disk (C:) > Users > User Name > My Documents.

If you have files or folders on your desktop they will be located at Local Disk (C:) > Users > your user name > Desktop. 

If the computer has multiple users, make sure that you check with the other users so you may save their documents as well. Each user will have a My Documents folder under their user name folder.

STEP THREE: 

Copy your data to the storage area. This is easily accomplished by opening the source and destination folders and clicking and dragging your data folders.

Or you can: 

  • open the folder where data is stored
  • use Ctrl + a to select all the items within the folder OR hold down the CTRL key and click on the files you wish to save
  • use Ctrl + c to copy the data
  • open the destination folder (on your H drive or whatever storage you've chosen)
  • use Ctrl + v to paste the data into the destination folder


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Windows 8

Saving Important Data 

(If there is more than one person who logs on to the computer, EACH person will need to log on and save their data.)

STEP ONE: 

Determine where you will store your data. The best place to keep data is on your H drive (a.k.a. Home drive). This server (bonsai) keeps your data accessible to you at all times and is backed up on a daily basis. If your computer crashes it will NOT affect any data stored on this network drive. Your H drive is automatically mapped for you every time you log onto your NAU domain computer. So all you have to do is double-click your My Computer icon, then double-click the drive called "[userid] on 'bonsai.ucc.nau.edu'".

If you do not want to use your H drive, you can back up to a blank CD or to another hard drive.

STEP TWO: 

Determine what data you need to save. 

Most files are saved in the Documents folder. This folder is typically located at Local Disk (C:) > Users > User Name > My Documents.

If you have files or folders on your desktop they will be located at Local Disk (C:) > Documents and Settings > your user name > desktop or Local Disk (C:) > Users > your user name > Desktop. 

If the computer has multiple users, make sure that you check with the other users so you may save their documents as well. Each user will have a My Documents folder under their user name folder.

STEP THREE: 

Copy your data to the storage area. This is easily accomplished by opening the source and destination folders and clicking and dragging your data folders.

Or you can: 

  • open the folder where data is stored
  • use Ctrl + a to select all the items within the folder OR hold down the CTRL key and click on the files you wish to save
  • use Ctrl + c to copy the data
  • open the destination folder (on your H drive or whatever storage you've chosen)
  • use Ctrl + v to paste the data into the destination folder


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Mac OS X 10.9 (Also applies to Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8)

Saving Important Data 

(If there is more than one person who logs on to the computer, EACH person will need to log on and save their data.)

STEP ONE: 

Determine where you will store your data. The best place to keep data is on your bonsai drive (a.k.a. Home drive). This server (bonsai) keeps your data accessible to you at all times and is backed up on a daily basis. If your computer crashes it will NOT affect any data stored on this network drive. Your bonsai drive is automatically mapped for you every time you log onto your NAU domain computer. To access the bonsai drive press the "command" and "k" keys at the same time. In the window that pops up enter "smb://bonsai.ucc.nau.edu/" followed by the letter that your NAU User ID starts with. Follow this with "/[userid]" replacing [userid] with your NAU User ID.

Example: smb://bonsai.ucc.nau.edu/A/abc123

After you enter this click the "connect" button. In the new window that appears, ensure that the "Registered User" button is selected. In the field labeled "Name" enter your NAU User ID, and in the "Password" field enter your NAU Password. Click "connect" and a window will appear with the files on this drive.

If you do not want to use your H drive, you can back up to a blank CD or to another hard drive.

STEP TWO:

Determine what data you need to save.

The many different files on your computer could be stored in many different places. However, you will be able to find most of your files by selecting Go at the top of your desktop followed by selecting All My Files.

STEP THREE: 

Copy your data to the storage area. 

Navigate to All My Files. Locate the files and/or folders you wish to save. Next, click and drag these files to the destination you wish to save them in. If you are storing data on your bonsai drive, drag the file and hover over the drive bonsai.ucc.nau.edu located under the SHARED tab. After a few seconds many folders labeled by letter will appear. Hover over the folder whose letter is at the beginning of your NAU User ID. After another few seconds a folder labeled by your NAU User ID will appear. Drag and drop the files you wish to save in that folder.



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