patrickd139 wrote:DavidYurman85 wrote:thesealocust wrote:Onion wrote:Haha... thats the spirit (pardon the pun)!
For some serious advice - make sure your laptop is in reliable working order, and that it's a laptop you will like. I knew people with laptop problems, and it was VERY frustrating because at most law school you must take your final exams on your own laptop.
solid advice. my girlfriend's dell crashed the day of her final and she ended up having to rent a laptop to take her exam.
This has probably already been mentioned, but the single most important suggestion I could give is to buy a reliable, easy, automatic (if possible) backup system for your computer files. Most everyone can afford to drop $20 on a thumb drive and copy and paste your folders onto it. There is nothing worse than your computer crashing the week before finals and losing your notes/outlines/that damn memo that's due. Small percentage chance this might happen, but it sucks if your number gets called.
DO NOT rely on a flash drive for storing your information. so many things can go wrong with the stored information (not to mention losing those tiny things) from not ejecting them properly to just general glitches. definitely don't work on a file you have open only through your flash drive either, drag it to your desktop, work on it, and then drag it back onto the drive if you need to. they are ok I guess if you are just using them for a backup because you don't have an external harddrive but if you have information you can't live without you should definitely invest in a quality external harddrive. they aren't that much money anymore ($80-$200) can get you a high quality drive with a ton of space. I currently have a lacie hard drive and it has been very good.