|Class Mate Data Files|
Class Mate data are stored in teacher
files (.tea). By default your teacher file that contains all of your
data is named "My Classes.tea", and is located in the folder
Class Mate was installed to. Each teacher file may contain multiple classes,
and each teacher will normally use only one teacher file.
Do not create new teacher files for each of your classes. Every teacher
file will also have an associated folder where backups and miscellaneous
data is stored. For a teacher file named "My Classes.tea", the
associated folder will be named "My Classes Files".
Backing up your classes
With any program that stores important data, you should backup your files regularly. You can backup your data by using the File/Backup feature of Class Mate, or by manually making copies of your teacher file. If your data files ever become lost, damaged, or corrupted, use File/Restore to restore your backup copy. Backup files (or copies of teacher files) can also be used to transfer your current data from one computer to another.
A backup file is a compressed version (windows cabinet .cab format ) of your teacher file named with a .teb file extension. You can therefore also open backup files with an archive utility like Win Zip and extract the compressed teacher file manually. There is an option to not compress backup files. If you select this option (Options/Setup from the main menu) backup files are identical copies of the teacher file named with the .teb extension.
Backup and restore also make it easy for you to work with more than one computer. if you use computers both at home and school use backup and restore to move current data from one computer to another. Restoring from a backup overwrites all of the current data with the data from the backup file. See below for details.
|Making a Backup|
1. From the main menu select File/Backup.
Backup files are named with a .teb extension.
In most cases backing up to a CD burner requires using the software supplied
with your CD drive. In this case first make a backup on your hard drive,
and use your CD burner software to transfer the file to a CD.
|Restoring Data from a Backup File|
1. From the main menu select File/Restore.
Restoring from a backup overwrites all of the current data with the data from the backup file. When you restore from a backup file, for safety another backup file is made just prior to the restore operation and stored in the folder "....backup/restore".
Reverting a backup:
|Working with two computers and E-mailing Backups|
Sending e-mail backups is a convenient way to move data between computers at school and home. You can create a backup file on your computer at school, then attach it to an e-mail you send to yourself at your home computer. At home, you can then save the backup attached to the e-mail to your hard drive, start the Class Mate program and do a File/Restore using the saved backup file. The data on your home computer will now be identical to the data on your school computer at the time the backup was made. After working at home, you can repeat the process to bring your school computer up to date.
You don't have to use e-mail to transfer your data between two or more
computers - you can accomplish the same thing by making backups to a CD,
"thumb drive", diskette, etc. The process works the same no
matter how the backup file is transferred from one computer to the other.
If you have set up your e-mail account in Class Mate, you can have the
program automatically send e-mail backups.
Automatic copies of your teacher file are stored in a special folder associated with your teacher file. The examples below assume a teacher file named "My Classes.tea". For a teacher file named "My Classes.tea", the associated folder will be named "My Classes Files". Automatic backups can be used should a teacher file be accidentally deleted or become damaged.
1. To access your automatic backup settings, select Options/Setup from
the main menu.
The following automatic backups are also made: