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How To Back Up Your Data

We strongly recommend that all students find an online backup service that works for their individual needs and test the process of retrieving their files.

Setting up regular, hands-free backups is a fairly straightforward process that will take about one hour to set up, and will require little to no time to maintain.

Many of our students use Box.com, Dropbox, iCloud, iDrive, Google Drive, OneDrive, or SugarSync.

See a useful comparison here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_online_backup_services

Though not recommended, for students that would still prefer to back up to local media (such as an external hard drive), below are guides that will help you through the process:

Time Machine is the built-in backup application for Apple's Mac OS X. Working with your external drive or AirPort Time Capsule, it automatically backs up your entire Mac, including system files, applications, accounts, preferences, email messages, music, photos, movies, and documents.


Set it and forget it with Backup and Restore. Windows will backup your files from common locations such as the desktop, pictures, documents, music, and videos as well as create a system image which can be used to restore your computer if it stops working.

File History automatically backs up files that are in your Libraries folder (Documents, Music, Pictures, Video), contacts, favorites, Microsoft OneDrive and on your desktop. Over time you will have a complete history of your files conveniently at your fingertips.

Backing up the data on your computer is a crucial step in preparing for the unexpected loss of your laptop, or the more common hardware failures that may leave you unable to recover your needed files. Because backing up is such a personal process (e.g., only you can tell what files will be needed in the future), and because of the privacy considerations involved, this is a process that every student is responsible for undertaking, completing, and verifying as desired. However, students are required to have backed up the needed data on their laptops before obtaining support from ITG.

Faculty Support

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Phone: (212) 854-6097
(ext. 4-6097 on campus)

E-mail:
facsup@gsb.columbia.edu

Administrative Staff Support

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: (212) 854-2960
(ext. 7-6067 on campus)

E-mail:
admsup@gsb.columbia.edu

Student Support

Hours of Operation:

Uris Hall, Room 202:
Mon - Wed: 8:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thurs - Fri : 8:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Watson Library, West Side:
Mon - Fri: Noon - 5 p.m.
Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Warren Hall, Room 402:
Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(8 a.m. - 4 p.m. when EMBA is in session, including Saturdays)

Phone: (212) 854-3730
(ext. 4-3730 on campus)
E-mail:
stusup@gsb.columbia.edu

Multimedia Support

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sat: 8 - 6 p.m. (flexible, depending on EMBA and event schedules)

Sun: Staffed only when requested for EMBA or special event support.

Phone: (212) 854-3695
(ext. 4-3695 on campus)

Classroom EMERGENCY Phone Support ONLY: (212) 854-6094

E-mail:
mmgroup@gsb.columbia.edu