Preparing for Your Laptop Exchange Complete each of the following things before attending your scheduled laptop exchange session. 1.
Optional: Register for a Laptop Exchange File Backup Session at http://tinyurl.com/b9nbxm if you would like help backing up your files.
Clean out your district-issued laptop bag. Clean off all non-district stickers & sticker residue on laptop. o
DO NOT USE THE FOLLOWING TO CLEAN YOUR LAPTOP: Finger Nail Polish Remover or other acetone containing products, Windex-like products containing ammonia, rubbing alcohol, wet cloths, paper towels or other abrasive materials. The 3M Adhesive Remover Pen works well to remove stickers & sticker residue.
Gather the following Gateway or iBook laptop items to bring to your laptop exchange: Gateway Items to Gather for Return Gateway teacher-issued laptop 1- Large Power Adapter (120W) 1- Small Power Adapter (90W) Port Replicator/Dock Bag
iBook Items to Gather for Return iBook teacher-issued laptop Power Adapter & Cord VGA Adapter (small white dongle that connects laptop to projector & doc cam) Bag
Back Up Your Important Files - This is optional but highly recommended. The Tech Dept and IMD will not be able to back up your files for you. Below are some of the major file backup options:
File Backup Option Recommended – System Migration Assistant Software – Copy files to one of the storage locations listed below
What it is: Software that automates the backup process. Click on this link when inside of the district to install this software to your Gateway laptop & then select “SMA Setup” \\hurricane\landesk$\Packages\Win\ThinkVantage\SMA\ Pros: Will duplicate everything, including desktop items, Internet browser favorites, etc. Cons: May take several hours to complete. View video tutorial before using this software: http://tinyurl.com/mtx7rq Handy Guide (download): http://tinyurl.com/ycawkvm
Where to save your System Migration Files: Option Burn Files to a data DVD or CD Manually Using Nero (PC) or Finder (iBook)
What it is: Non-automated process that will burn selected files to a data DVD-R (PC only) or CD-R (Mac or PC). Pros: Simple process. Cons: Each file/folder has to be selected manually so some files/folders may be missed.
Save Files to a Flash Drive What it is: Small hard drive that plugs into your USB port for purposes of backup. Pros: o o Cons: o o o o
$10 and up
Easy to drag & drop files/folders from computer to flash drive. Portable Each file/folder has to be selected manually so some files/folders may be missed. May not be large enough to hold all of your files/folders Provided at your own expense Easily misplaced
Save Files to an External Hard Drive What it is: Larger hard drive that plugs into your USB port for purposes of backup. Has the capacity to hold large amounts of data. Some drives require external power in order to operate.
$79 and up
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Large enough for all of your files/folders Easy to drag & drop files/folders from computer to flash drive. Usually portable
Each file/folder has to be selected manually so some files/folders may be missed. Provided at your own expense
Laptop Exchange Preview Information Website: http://tinyurl.com/nrcg8p