|Recycled PC: Old Computers with a New Purpose|
|Articles - Featured Guides|
|Written by Mat Thompson - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 06 June 2009|
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HDD storage space is getting cheaper all the time. Cheaper storage space has encouraged many people to collect and store many gigabytes of personal data, be it music, movies, pictures, work data, reports, etc. Because of this sudden increase of data usage, backing up data has become very important. Deciding how to back up data is important and each method has its pros and cons.
External HDDs are an inexpensive way to store a large amount of data, but they suffer from poor reliability and high failure rates. Optical media, such as CD-Rs and DVD-Rs are cheap and can last for long periods of time. However, it takes a long time to burn lots of DVDs and can easily take up a lot of space. Online storage can hold all of your data and the people that run the datacenters are well-versed in maintaining your data. Unfortunately, it can take days or weeks to upload your data and can take just as long to download it if you need it back.
A backup fileserver may not solve all of these problems, but it's another option out there. It helps reliability over an external HDD by providing a well-ventilated area free of jars and drops. It's easy to schedule backups through programs like Cobian backup or any other backup software out there and it's also easy to retrieve the data from many computer on the network. Moreover, storage capacity can easily be increased by just adding or replacing hard drives.