Many people probably don’t give data backup a second thought. At least they don’t until they have a hard drive crash and then lose some, if not all, of their data files. Many times once a hard drive has crashed, all the data can’t be recovered. Why take the chance?
Backing up data is simply the process of making a copy of the files to another location. The other location can be an external hard drive, optical disc, an online storage provider, or any other media that can store files. For single computer users, a simple external hard drive does the trick for backing up files. A scheduled backup job can even be run when the computer is not in use on a regular basis to ensure the files are safe and protected.
Implementing a storage server is a good idea if you need to backup data files from multiple computers. You can easily create a network storage server using a network attached storage (NAS) device, or an old, unused desktop computer.
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You can then connect the device to your network and then share out the drive space on the device to the other computers. When saving data on the computers, you would save it to the server share on the storage server. This means that your server would then store all the data for all the computers on the network.
To backup the data, you would now only need to run the scheduled backup job on the server, and not on each of the individual computers. This reduces the backup maintenance, as well as the number of errors that can occur during the backup.
Backing up data files is an important task that should be done on a regular basis to keep your files safe. Failure to backup your files could cause you to lose your data should you have a hard drive crash.