There are two circumstances for which you may need to use the Backup/Restore function:
With the first circumstance you would want to use the RefWorks Backup/Restore function to move your UC RefWorks institutional account information to another associated with your new institution. The Backup/Restore function will nearly replicate your present database with your new one. However, there will be a couple of notable exceptions:
Regarding the 2nd circumstance, in the unlikely event of a RefWorks server failure (really unlikely) and additional failure of the RefWorks backup system (even more unlikely) you would have created the backup file with which you could restore your account.
NOTE: The Restore operation will overwrite all of the references in the account into which you use this operation. Therefore, be sure to retore only into an "empty" database or account. For example, if you wish to restore your UC RefWorks account data into a new account at a different institution, be sure to do this "before" you have add data into that account.