Information Technology Services - Fred Miller, Chief Information Officer
Last Revised: 08/23/13
Title: Data Transfer Policy For Routine Computer Replacement
Applicable: Furman University Faculty and Staff
Contacts: The IT Service Center ext. 3277
Background: To ensure a common understanding between the faculty and staff and ITS during routine computer replacement, it has become necessary to standardize a local data storage location.
Policy: When transferring data to a replacement system, only data stored in the Documents and Settings directory on a Windows computer or the Users directory on a Macintosh computer will be transferred. If the faculty or staff member has been backing up to a "Time Machine" volume, they may also request a restore from the Time Machine volume to their new Macintosh.
All software installed by ITS will be configured by default to save data into the Documents and Settings directory on a Windows computer or the Users directory on a Macintosh computer.
Faculty and staff installing or re-installing any software on their Furman-owned computer are responsible for directing the default save locations of that software to their My Documents folder on a Windows computer, or the Home folder on a Macintosh computer.
When systems are replaced, only faculty or staff data from the Documents and Settings directory on a Windows computer or the Users directory on a Macintosh computer will be transferred. Macintosh users that have backed up their data using Apple's Time Machine may request a restore from a Macintosh Time Machine volume to their new Macintosh.
If a faculty or staff member has non-standard fonts, scripts, macros, custom reports, or software installed on their computer they should contact the IT Service Center before their device is replaced.
All users are encouraged to contact ITS if they have any questions about saving their data to the recommended locations.
ITS will not be responsible for the loss of data transferred from locations other than the Home directory on the old computer.