Let me start off by saying my first year of teaching I used a flash drive (jump drive) to hold my information. It was this guy to be exact:
Well that little guy served his purpose well. My first year of teaching was an absolute disaster. Evil principal. Team that excluded me. That’s a story for another time. Anyway, when I moved back to my hometown and then started teaching first grade, one of the other first grade teachers and I got together on fall break and she was sharing some of her materials with me. She had an external hard drive (one that sort of looked like a book) and she said I could make a copy of it for myself so I would have those files too. I ran to Staples and bought this:
This is a Seagate FreeAgent Go external hard drive. It is so thin and small and easy to carry around. I bought a 250GB one. (I think the flash drive above was like 3GB.) Well it had plenty of room to hold all the files I needed it to plus TONS of room for more! It is a silver/gray color so my husband started referring to it as “Gray Guy.” Then at some point during the year, the other teacher’s external hard drive crashed. She lost everything. She even took it to an FBI crime lab to try and retrieve her data! She was devastated! She had spent hour scanning in pages from teacher resource books and collecting things. She of course copied back her files that I had, but she lost everything new she added since I originally copied her files. Well, that freaked me out! I didn’t want to lose all of my files! So I bought a second external hard drive.
The second time around I got a 320 GB one and in PINK! This one is known as “Pink Lady.” 🙂 320 GB is a LOT of space! I have a TON of files (thousands!) on this thing and this is how much space I have used:
And really I should go in and clear out all of the “junk” and I’d have even more room! I back up my files on Gray Guy so they are saved in two places. I take Pink Lady to school every day. I don’t have ANY files saved on my computer at school. There’s no need to! All I have to do is use the USB cord and plug Pink Lady into my computer and I’m good to go! Here’s a peek at my folders: