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Backing up - Why should I back up my work?

Backing up - Why should I back up my work?

Files can and do get lost or become corrupted!

It is therefore in your own interest to protect your work by saving backup copies.

Making backups is a fairly straightforward process - all you need to do is ensure that you always have alternatives to fall back on.

To achieve this:

  • Save regularly - at least every 10-15 minutes. The longer you leave between saves the more re-writing you will have to do if you lose your work.
  • Always save to your (Y:) drive AND then (straight after) save to another location, e.g. a removable drive or USB memory stick.
  • Don't just save over the old versions, give the files different and meaningful names as you progress, e.g. essay-12-jan-v1.doc, essay-12-jan-v2.doc etc.

Remember: a small amount of effort to back-up now could save you a lot of trouble in the future.


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