Knowledgebase: Security
Laptop Program: Data Backup and Laptop Imaging
Updated: 23 March 2018 10:30 AM

DATA BACKUP

Every year, we have at least two or more Fourth Year Thesis students with lost projects and unrecoverable data. Do not be this person. We strongly recommend that you purchase a hard drive to back up your files.

Time Machine on Mac OS X

Mac OS X includes Time Machine, a program that automatically makes external hard drives into backup devices. It is a very good disaster recovery option.

Backup for Windows 10

Windows 10 includes excellent backup tools that allow for incremental and full system restore.

HOW DO I BACKUP MY DATA FOR IMAGING?

Time Machine Backup on Mac OS X

Using Windows 10 Backup

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17143/windows-10-back-up-your-files

What External Hard Drive Should I Buy?

51 McCaul at street level, The Store for Computers and Books stocks LaCie hard drives in multiple sizes and formats, with both USB, USB and Firewire drives, Thunderbolt, and small portable drives as well as full size desktop drives. The primary difference is speed of the drive: small portable drives typically run at a lower speed, and are less suitable for high-performance applications (such as editing video).

LAPTOP IMAGING: WHAT DOES "IMAGE YOUR LAPTOP" MEAN?

When we refer to the "image" in the Laptop Program, we are talking about the optimized software installation that we place on your laptop computer.

  • We take one computer, install all the software and then take a snapshot of the computer or an image, which we then deploy to every laptop program student.
  • You retain full control of your computer: you have administrative access in the operating system to your laptop, so you can install additional software and manage system updates.
  • We image computers rather than perform manual installations because: 
    • It's faster. A basic image for Macs takes about 1 hour.
    • There are no install discs to lose or serial numbers to save
    • If your computer becomes unstable due to a software problem, we can easily "reimage" your computer rather than diagnose the issue which usually requires a complete reinstall.