Before we answer the question of what data is being backed up let us reassure you that all data which is essential to the productivity of the work you do on a day to day basis and is not already on a York Network Share will be backed up. The question is how much of the data that resides on your computer is related to the work you do?
Before we get to that lets first understand the number of pages that can exist in a megabyte or gigabyte of computing data. This number varies depending on the file type in question. To simplify the point the paragraph below will indicate a variety of file types and the most commonly accepted file sizes with the amount of pages that can be stored in either a megabyte or gigabyte of data. The different ranges in the amount of documents is directly related to the file types. For example a Microsoft Outlook email file may take up a large amount of disk space even though when printed it would results in a small number of pages yet an Excel file could result in a large number of pages printed even though the amount of space taken up by the actual file could be relatively small.
The ensuing common types of files often result in an average number of pages per gigabyte and megabyte:
Average Pages/GigaByte Average Pages/MegaByte
If you want to see the size of your My Documents folder right mouse click on the My Documents folder and click on properties. If the size is over 3GigaBytes we may need to work with you to review how much of the data is necessary for copying.
As part of the update to Windows 7 your computers hard drive will be partitioned. The main partition is the C drive. There will also be a second partition called the D drive. The D drive is the partition you should create a folder called "My Local Documents" use this to save any documents you want that do not need to be backed up. The C drive will be completely administered by Information Technology. Only your applications and operating system will reside on the C drive partition. Should there be any problems with your computer that will take longer than 30 minutes to repair, Information Technology will completely redo the partition thus saving time and putting your machine into a day 1 state. Since this only takes place on the C drive partition, local data you saved on your D drive partition is unaffected. In summary, C drive is administered by I.T. and D drive is for your use for data which may not necessarily be essential to your day to day operation. As of the migration off of Windows XP /Office 2003 your My Documents will be on the Network and this is where you want to save all your essential work so that it is backed up nightly.