Your data has value, whether it be the value of your time to create it or the value of research data that can't be recreated. And anything of value should be protected. Creating backups is a means to protect your data from unforeseen events that lead to the loss of data or even the machine. While the department maintains copies of the software running on y4ur machine, each faculty member is responsible for backing up their own personal data. This includes personal correspondence, documents, user installed programs, and any other files created by the user. Several options are available to backup your data including storing data on studsys, using XP backup utility and copying data to a CD.