There are a few options when it comes to transferring your files from an older laptop to a newer laptop, or simply to backup your files from a local computer to a mass storage device. This is exactly the “problem” the staff at Rye Elementary and Rye Junior High School are faced with now that they have new MacBook Air laptops. (Now you can understand why I put the word problem in quotes). As many other public institutions, we still hold the majority of our files to a local school server. Unfortunately, this server does not allow portal logins, so it limits how much access staff can get for these stored files. For the staff in Rye I have offered three major solutions to transferring files and/or backing up their data. I realize there are a plethora of options out there, but to make it as simple as possible to the staff I have limited it to these three options;
Continue to backup files to the local school server. The next time you are in the building with some time and your new laptop, pull these files down to your local machine. You can then setup set times to “sync” your files to the local server.
Buy an external hard drive or pen drive with enough room to store all of your files. This way you can mix personal and professional files, as you own the device not the institution. Your files are with you as long as you have your external or pen drive on you, and there is no need for Internet access.
Signing up for a free cloud account at a website like Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, etc. you can transfer, share, or even backup files to these online locations and pull them down using any device from anywhere in the world that you have Internet connection.
To better explain the process of each of these methods, and to look into detail the pros and cons of each method, I have created a slideshow.