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Your computer has many important components, with one of the most vital being your hard drive. Because you store all of your data and programs on this device there is a space limit. One way to add more space is to use an external hard drive. While these drives are popular, some business users wonder whether they should be using them or not.
Hard drives are separate drives that you can connect to almost every computer. The vast majority of drives use a USB cable, while some are Apple specific and use the Thunderbolt cable. Because computers, by default, don’t rely on these drives in order to operate, they can usually be connected to other devices as long as they have the correct formatting.
There are numerous ways these hard drives can be used in the office. The most obvious is to back up data. Because many of these drives now come with a large amount of storage, you can easily fit computer backups and even systems onto a drive. Add in the fact that they are relatively cheap to purchase, and you can see how they can be a useful tool, especially when combined with other backup solutions.
Four benefits of using an external hard drive in your business
The majority of external hard drives are used as some form of backup solution e.g., to actually back up systems, or to keep a copy of files, which afford several benefits:
A question many ask is whether they should use external drives exclusively. The best answer we can give is to use them as part of your whole data strategy. For example, back up your files on both an external drive and another source like cloud backup. What you are looking to do is basically implement a redundancy – if one fails, the other can step in. This will help ensure your data is always accessible, regardless of the issue.
Two different types of external hard drives
There is another type of external storage that is used in businesses, but isn’t as popular – NAS. Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are essentially large hard drives that are connected to a network, with the storage space shared among the users. The easiest way to think of NAS devices is as a platform that allows you to attach multiple hard drives to, which are then shared with computers on the network. These devices tend to be about half the size of most normal desktop PCs and can offer as much as 32TB of space.
If you are looking to learn more about how you can leverage external hard drives in your business, please contact us today.
Published on 6th February 2013 by Jeanne DeWitt.