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Read Naturally SE v2.0: Importing SE v1.6 data into SE v2.0


The SE v2 database utilities will import your SE v1.6 data into SE v2.0, as long as the SE v2.0 database does not include any teachers, classes, or students. To make sure the import process is successful, you should follow these detailed instructions.

Note: You do not need to uninstall Read Naturally SE v1.6.

Before you begin

Before you can use the database utilities to import v1.6 data, you must have completed the following tasks:

  • Please make sure you are running Read Naturally SE v1.5 or higher before importing your data into Read Naturally SE v2. If you do not have Read Naturally SE v1.5, please go to SE v1.6 Update page download the file for your operating system, and follow the installation instructions. This will update your software to version SE v1.6.1. To find your current software version, open Student Stories and then select About Read Naturally from the RN Help Menu.
  • You must run the SE v1.6 Data Repair Utility before importing your SE v1.6 data into SE v2. Please go to SE v1.6 Utilities page and download and install RNData_RepairMac.sit.bin for Mac OS or RNData_RepairWIN_dnload.exe for Windows operating system. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  • You must install the SE v2.0 software as described in the SE Software Guide. For network installations, you must install the server components on a server as well as the client software on at least one workstation.
  • You must log in to Teacher Management with the default password (rnse) and set up the information on the School tab (school name, district name/number, and administrator password). The administrator password you set up here is the password you will use to log in to the database utilities.
Back up your Read Naturally SE v1.6 data

Before importing the SE v1.6 data into SE v2, manually make a backup copy of the Read Naturally SE v1.6 Data folder to another location. The two locations of the original Data folder varies by operating system and installation type as follows:

Installation type Location of the Data folder
Windows Stand-Alone \Program Files\Read Naturally
Mac OS 9 Stand-Alone Hard Drive/Applications (Mac OS 9)/Read Naturally
Windows Network Server\Shared Folder Name\RN Server
Mac OS X Network Server/Applications/Shared Folder Name/RN Server
Install the SE v2.0 database utilities if necessary

After you have installed the server component of Read Naturally SE v2 there should be an application named rnse_DBUtilities in the location specified below. If you do not see this file, download and install the v2.0.3 update from SE v2.0.3 Update page. The exact locations for the rnse_DBUtilities on Mac OS X and Windows operating systems are shown below:

Operating system Location of the rnse_DBUtilities application
Mac OS X Network Hard Drive/Library/RNSEServer
Windows Network \Program Files\RNSEServer\RNSEServer
Mac OS 9 Stand Alone Hard Drive/Applications (Mac OS 9)/Read Naturally SE 2
Mac OS X Stand Alone Hard Drive/Applications/Read Naturally SE 2
Windows Stand Alone \Program Files\Read Naturally SE 2
To import SE v1.6 data into SE v2:

Note: In order to import SE v1.6 data into SE v2, the SE v2 database must not contain any teachers, classes, or students. The import process does not affect the information on the School tab in SE v2 Teacher Management (school name, district name/number, and administrator password). If the SE v2 database does contain teachers, classes, or students, you can remove them by restoring an empty database from the Backup/Restore tab of the SE Database Utilities. For more information, please refer to the SE Database Utilities instructions for "Restoring an Empty Database."

  1. Launch the SE v2 database utilities by performing these steps:
    1. Double-click rnse_DBUtilities. 
    2. Enter the Read Naturally Administrator password, and click OK.
    3. If you are using Mac OS X, you will be prompted for an administrator password. Enter your Mac OS X administrator password, not your Read Naturally administrator password.
    4. If prompted to fix the database, click Yes and then click OK when the fix is complete.
  2. Click the Import Data tab, and then click the Import Data button.
  3. Click the Select data folder button.
  4. Locate the folder containing your SE v1.6 data. The following table indicates where the Data folder is located for different types of installations:
    For this type of installation... The Data folder is generally in this location:
    Windows Stand-Alone \Program Files\Read Naturally\Data\
    Mac OS 9 Stand-Alone /Applications (Mac OS 9)/Read Naturally/Data/
    Network (all platforms) \RN Server\Data\ on the network server
  5. Select the Data folder and click OK (Windows) or Choose (Mac).
  6. Click Import Data.

    Note: Read Naturally SE automatically creates a backup file of the current data before importing the new data. That way you can restore the original data if there is a problem during the import.

  7. Specify a location (folder) for the backup file and click OK.
  8. When the import is finished, click OK.

The students’ Level and Goal fields in Story Options will be blank in Read Naturally v2.0 after you have imported the Read Naturally SE v1.6 data. To print out a Levels Report with the students’ level and goal, please log into the Read Naturally SE v1.6 Teacher Management program. Select Teachers, click the Scores and Reports button, and then choose the Level Report. You will need to perform these steps for each individual teacher. The Levels Report lists the students’ current levels and goals which you will need to enter into Read Naturally SE v2 after importing SE v1.6 data.

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