It always comes to mind at this time of year, when I'm doing lots of rollovers, that many customers have their BUSTOPS data saved on the C drive of their computer. So I wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone that you should periodically check with your School District's IT Department to make sure your BUSTOPS data is being backed up on a regular basis.
If the data is on a server, you need to make sure it is being backed up by the IT Department through their daily or weekly backup procedures.
If your BUSTOPS data is on the C drive of a computer in your office, you need to make sure you are backing it up on a regular basis yourself. You can work with your IT Department to create a procedure to backup by copying the data to a server drive, a zip drive, or DVD, depending on their preference. During the school year, a weekly backup is likely sufficient, however, when you are planning next year's routes, a daily backup would be best.
Regardless of where the data is saved, if it is lost and no current backup is available, it can be a lot of work to recreate the information.
Should you or your IT people wish to discuss this, please give us a call.
Hope everyone is enjoying this warmer weather!