Backing up one’s information is key in making sure that when and if something happens we know that our important information and memories are still available when our computer or laptop unfortunately need to be repaired.
Backup solutions have become much easier than the days of old and we can always purchase a portable USB hard drive and plug it in and copy the files we want to make sure are stored securely and when need be copy them back over. According to the cybersecurity experts at Scarlett Cybersecurity, businesses should have monitoring and response solutions focused on baselining network traffic and determining the anomalies. For more information on cloud and network security visit https://www.fortinet.com/solutions/enterprise-midsize-business/cloud-security.While this is great in theory, sadly, there’s been many cases of where the USB drive has failed either due to hard drive corruption, component failure in the drive or worse, the external drive being dropped or banged around and results in total drive failure.
It is a sad fact that a lot of the information that is stored on these drives cannot be reproduced again or will take time to re-acquire like music collections and movie collections. Having everything stored on a single drive is taking a dangerous risk without having a copy of the information elsewhere.
What solution would be best?
Network Attached Storage (NAS) boxes are a solution in which it incorporates atleast two hard drives and can be set to mirror each the drives in there in case of failure you do have a copy of everything on one of the other drives.
What are the cons of having a NAS?
There’s no real major downside to having a NAS. The one trade-offs we have is speed and expense. Network speeds aren’t as fast when transferring files over USB2/3 and the added expense of purchasing a NAS box with 2 additional drives is more expensive than just having a single USB hard drive.
What are the positives of having a NAS?
The first one and most important one is data security. The NAS box can be configured where one drive mirrors the other drive so if a hard drive failure ever happens all you need to do is replace the faulty drive and from there you can tell the NAS box to mirror the contents of the drive.
All your computers on the network could be set to backup to their own folder on the NAS making it easier than walking around with your USB drive and copying what you need from one PC and then walking to another one and doing the same thing.
Streaming media is much easier over a network. Let’s face it, we don’t have 1 computer houses anymore. Myself, I have a couple desktops and a laptop with tablets and a media player I could listen to music on any of my systems without the need of copying it on the device. We live in a media world and a NAS can make it your central hub of streaming music.
The NAS has more than one function in today’s world and is quite versatile. Prices can vary and would suggest to contact us and we can setup a solution for you.