What directories on the instrument should I backup if I want to preserve the data that I generate and any PCR conditions that I create? I’m thinking of using scp to copy any such valuable directories from the instrument to my lab laptop on a periodic basis (cron job). It looks like the /root/chaipcr directory might be a place to start, but maybe that would be overkill.
The easiest thing to do would be to go to Settings > System > Export (under Export Database) in the UI. That will download a .zip file that will include an export of the SQL database where all experiments & data is kept.
There is not an easy way in the user interface to re-load that database, but it can be done from the command line.