Implementing a Data Backup Strategy

Reference Number: KB-01109
Last Modified: September 19, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


Having lost data in the past, I recognize the need to regularly back up my Chief Architect files. 

Which files should I back up and what kind of service should I look for?


When looking for a service, you will likely want real-time, off-site backup online backup service to ensure that in the event of a system virus or malware, hard drive failure, computer theft or natural disaster you do not lose your important data.

If you are concerned about data security, many services will encrypt your data before, during, and after it has been sent to the backup servers.

Most online backup services can start at a scheduled time, or just run in the background when you choose. 

A few points to consider:

  • In addition to your plan and layout files, it is wise to back up your custom user library content, toolbars, and archives.
    See the Related Articles section below for additional information on what files to back up related to Chief Architect.

  • Be sure that your backup service is not backing up your files while they are in use in order to help avoid file corruption and data loss.

  • It's extremely important to always remember to only work on plans that are saved on your local machine's hard drive.

    Never work on files directly over a network server, external hard drive, or USB flash drive.

    Doing so can also lead to file corruption and data loss. 

    Keeping these recommendations in mind, also be careful when using a cloud service which will store your files on the cloud if they have a virtual link to your local hard drive.

  • To learn more about specific services and utilities that other Chief Architect users have found work well for them, please search the ChiefTalk user forum for prior threads on this topic, or start a New Thread in the Q&A section seeking suggestions that will suit your individual or office needs.