Essential end-of-year laptop information for all students

SENIORS AND PGS: Your laptops must be returned on Wednesday, May 22 or Thursday, May 23 between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Technology Center on the ground floor of Annenberg Hall. This is a firm deadline! If you need a one-day extension for a school-related reason, you must contact Mr. Lloyd (rlloyd@peddie.org) or Ms. Jee (ejee@peddie.org) as soon as possible.

When you turn in your laptop please remember to bring the following:

  • Your laptop! [IMPORTANT: Your laptop will be used by someone else next year so you must remove stickers and markings before turning it in.]
  • Power Brick with cord 
  • Digitizer Pen  (a.k.a. - the "stylus" pen that came with your laptop)  
  • Your carrying case  

Backup your files before you turn in your laptop! Shortly after you turn in your laptop we will reload it which will erase all files on your laptop and they will be unrecoverable. 

If you don't have a lot of music/videos/pictures then backing up your files to a USB flash drive or to CD/DVD-R's should be fine. If you have a lot to backup such as a big iTunes collection, video files, etc., then we recommend purchasing an external USB hard drive. These drives are several times larger than your laptop hard drive so you can backup everything you need. They are also very easy to use and will continue to be useful in college for backup and storage. 

Examples of External USB Hard Drives:

http://www.newegg.com/Portable-External-Hard-Drives/SubCategory/ID-3400?cm_sp=Cat_Hard-Drives_10-_-VisNav-_-Portable-External-HDD

http://www.staples.com/External-Hard-Drives/cat_CL160403

If you have any questions or would like advice on how best to backup your files feel free to drop by the Tech Center. Again, please do not procrastinate. We will not have much if any time during laptop turn-in to provide help.


STUDENTS NOT RETURNING TO PEDDIEPlease follow the instructions for "Returning grade 9 students" below.


RETURNING GRADE 10-11 STUDENTSYou may keep your laptop over the summer.  Please treat your laptop carefully so that it is ready to go when you return in September.  Should your laptop need service, call the Technology Department (609-944-7548) to make arrangements for service--we are here all summer Monday - Friday.  Do not attempt to get it repaired yourself!

IMPORTANT: Please do not attempt to change your computer name, domain, or network settings.  Doing so (or letting someone else do so) could result in you losing the ability to sign in to your own computer!  Fixing this problem would require bringing your laptop back to school. If you have any questions over the summer, please give the Technology Department a call (609-944-7548) or send an email to techhelp@peddie.org.


RETURNING GRADE 9 STUDENTSAll returning 9th grade students will receive a new laptop in September provided their current laptops are turned in to the Technology Center on May 28,29 or 30 between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. When returning your laptop, remember to bring:

  • laptop (after removing all stickers and markings)
  • power brick with cord
  • digitizer pen (the stylus pen that came with your laptop - if you were issued one)
  • carrying case

Before returning your laptop, please make sure to do the following:

  1. Click on the "Peddie Backup" icon on your desktop. We do not transfer files to your new computer. When you return in September, you may access your network backup of files (on the U:\ drive) and copy the files you choose to save.
  2. Make your own backup. The "Peddie Backup" program does not backup all of your files.  Specifically, it does not backup images, video, music, or extremely large files.  Also, it only backups files located in your My Documents and your Desktop.  In addition to the fact that "Peddie Backup" does not backup all of your files, while we are very good about not losing files, we are not perfect.  Accordingly, you should make your own backup of your files before turning in your laptop. If you do not do this, you risk losing a year of school work and whatever else you have stored on your computer.  You have several options for backing up your files. 
    1. First of all, be aware that you have "un-limited storage" on your academic Google DRIVE accounts.  You can copy anything and everything up to Google DRIVE.  You will probably find this to be the easiest backup solution.  If you are not familiar with using Google DRIVE, please feel free to stop by the Technology Department to ask, or reference Google's own introduction to DRIVE.  (Ignore their mention of a 15GB limit - your storage through your academic GMail account is not limited.)
    2. Alternatively, if you don't have a lot of music/videos/pictures then backing up your files to a USB flash drive or to CD/DVD-R's should be fine, too.  Or, if you have a lot to backup such as a big iTunes collection, video files, etc., then you can consider purchasing an external USB hard drive.  These drives are usually much larger than your laptop hard drive so you can backup everything you need.  They are also very easy to use and will continue to be useful for backup and storage.  We have provided links to a sampling of external USB hard drives below merely as an example of the types of devices we recommend (we don't endorse Staples or NewEgg as any better or worse than other stores).
    3. Examples of External USB Hard Drives:

http://www.newegg.com/Portable-External-Hard-Drives/SubCategory/ID-3400?cm_sp=Cat_Hard-Drives_10-_-VisNav-_-Portable-External-HDD

http://www.staples.com/External-Hard-Drives/cat_CL160403