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.

Guidelines

  • 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.

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