When you are buying a home network storage, it makes a lot of sense to use home network storage as a repository of individual computers backups. You want a home network backup. You may have important files in your Documents directory, or you may have family photos and music files that you really do not want to lose. Your valuable music is on hard disks, and so are your videos. How can you back them up using a home network backup server?
A lot of people are leary of doing backups of their laptops and desktops because they never found a successful way of making the backups work for them. Take Microsoft Windows, for example. You would think a basic function such as file backup would be built into the home network backup on Vista for instance. And yes, it is built in. But the included Backup and Restore function in Vista is highly rudimentary, and hardly configurable. It just seems that Microsoft decided they want to offer a product that addresses the largest common denominator. Unfortunately, they made a “one click” program that works for a few people, yet wastes most other people’s time, and does not give complete backup or satisfactory backup options to most.
Sure, there are paid programs out there, and online backups. But who wants to wait days for a gigabyte backup to complete over the slow uplink internet connection?
There are, however, quality local network backup solutions for instance programs like CrashPlan, or the local version of Mozy backup. Or even Cobian Backup. These programs are configurable, and well written. However, they require a solid backup device. And this is where a large home network backup drive comes in.
The features that are important for home network backup and restore purposes are:
- Large storage capacity
- Sufficient transfer and writing speed
- 100% availability, any time
- Optionally, redundant storage for safety
- Remote location
- Ability to do wireless home network backup
A well configured home network backup device will check on all parts except the last one. Modern hard drives that are installed in a home network backup device have terabyte capacities. When attached to a gigabit network, or sometimes even on a fast ethernet, 100 megabit network, the transfer speeds are usually sufficient. The point number three is a big one. A home network storage can be configured such that it is always available, regardless of availability of any particular computer. Alternatively, home network storage device is configurable such that, when in sleeping mode to save energy, it can be awaken as soon as the backup request comes in. As for redundancy, many two or more disk network storage units have the possiblity of including redundancies through RAID-1 to RAID-4 redundant disk configurations. The only feature that is missing is the “remote location”, or off-site backup. By definition, the home network storage will be local.
To remedy for this situation, and to backup remotely, off-site, many home network storage users use their home network backup disks as intermediary backup storage, and use an online backup of the network backup as a remote, off-site backup.