In our five years of business, we’ve replaced literally hundreds of failed hard drives. Usually, those hard drives contained critical data. In the majority of cases, that critical data had not been backed up recently, and often it has not been backed up at all.
It’s a sad story that can result in catastrophic consequences, with many lost weeks of productivity and possibly thousands of dollars spent on data recovery efforts. There are many ways to protect your data from loss, including backup to an external drive, backup to a remote “cloud” service, backup to a server, or a combination of these.
For a single computer environment, backing up to an external drive and/or cloud service is generally adequate. For a multiple computer environment such as a small office or a home with several computers, it is more efficient to use a backup server. For example, one great solution is an HP ProLiant Microserver running Microsoft’s WHS11 server operating system. This system provides you with an automatic and centralized service that completely backs up each of your computers, allowing you to restore files from, say, two months ago, or to restore a complete system in the event of a hard drive crash. It also provides the ability to have a large storage space for file sharing among the various computers, including Macintosh.
Data loss can be catastrophic on both a business and personal level. If you are interested in securing yourself with an effective backup solution, give us a call.