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A backup is a second copy of all your important files. Rather than storing it all in one place you should keep an additional copy someplace safe.

Windows Users  |  Mac Users



Did you know that a large number of people lose their important files every day? Just think, one small event like accidentally dropping your laptop, can destroy important information saved on your machine.

Some facts from

  • 30% of all users have never backed up their files

  • 29% of all disasters are caused by accident

  • 1 in 10 computers are infected with a virus each month.


BACKUP RESOURCES AT BINGHAMTON: H: Drives - Bingnfs1 and Firestone



Information Technology Services (ITS) provides 100 MB of network storage for all students, faculty and staff on your H: Drive (Bingnfs1) for your storage needs.

Follow the links below for instructions on how to access your Bingnfs1 network storage space.



Firestone provides an initial 5 GB of network storage space typically used by staff, departments and some faculty.You can request this storage option and more storage by contacting the Help Desk.

For more information: or contact the Help Desk to help you.



All students, faculty and staff have the option of backing up to Google Drive, which offers unlimited storage space. Google Drive is a convenient option available to Binghamton University as a backup tool. Google guarantees an uptime of 99.9 percent, in a safe and secure environment. For more information, visit our Google Apps at Binghamton University page.

Windows and Mac users:

  1. Download the Google Drive application from Google’s website:

  2. Install the Google Drive application once it is downloaded.

  3. Run the program, sign in with your B-Mail account, and follow the on-screen guide to complete the process.

  4. Google Drive is now set up to drag and drop files into, and is now a “save to” location.



You’ll need anexternal hard drive for these next steps. Find one that holds more space than your computer does. For example, if you have a 250GB hard drive in your computer, you should look to get a 500GB or larger external drive to back up to.


Steps for backing up your machine onto the external hard drive:


Windows 7

  1. Click the Start button.

  2. Type “backup” into the search box.

  3. Click on Backup and Restore.

  4. Choose “Set up Backup”.

  5. When Windows has finished preparing, select your external hard drive and click Next.

  6. Click “Let Windows Choose” and press Next.


Windows 8/8.1/10

  1. Open your start screen and start typing “file history settings”.

  2. In the search results panel, tap or click “file history settings”.

  3. Tap or click “Select a drive”.

  4. Choose your external hard drive from the list.

  5. Click “Turn on”.

Windows will backup all your files automatically from now on. Make sure you leave your hard drive plugged in or at least plug it in often.


First, plug in your external hard drive. Then, follow the instructions below to start automatically backing up your Mac.

••WARNING** Make sure your new external hard drive is empty. If it isn’t, Time Machine will usually erase the drive so it can perform the backup. If the drive is already formatted as HFS+, the drive is set to go.

  1. Open the menu (in the top left of your screen) and choose System Preferences.

  2. Click on “Time Machine”.

  3. Click “Select Disk”.

  4. Choose your USB hard drive from the list and select “Use Disk”.

After your initial setup, your Mac will back itself up automatically from now on. If you’re using a MacBook, plug in your hard drive regularly so it can backup your files. If you are backing up a laptop, you must plug the laptop into a power source. Time Machine will not run on battery power. 


If you need additional help with backing up your work, go to or call the Help Desk: 607-777-6420.

Last Updated: 6/24/16