The new age of technology that we are in has opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for people of all age groups. Today’s technology allows us to communicate and entertain ourselves on a whim in a way that has never been possible before. In fact, the Internet alone provides us with more hours of intellectual stimulation, fun and conversation than was imaginable just a few short years ago… not to mention the many ways that we can use computers for work and personal tasks.
The shift to such a heavy reliance on technology means that many of our important documents and even personal information exist in electronic form only. Less and less are we relying on physical documents anymore. In fact, for some people, family photographs and diaries are all kept solely on the personal computer. With so much of our information stored electronically it is important for computer owners to have a back up strategy for their files. Ideally, your electronic data should be backed up in a secure way on a regular basis. This protects you in case your computer suffers damage or suffers a loss of data for some other reason.
Although most home computer users are aware that they need to back up their computer hard drives, they are rarely sure how they should go about this task nor which back up methods they should actually use. If you have a home computer user with a home network, you might find it much easier to back up important information if with a Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device.
(Check out our “Home NAS” article)
One device that functions very much like a network-attached storage devices is Drobo. Drobo is a storage and back up device that was developed by Data Robotics, a California-based company. The device can be attached to most computers via USB 2.0 or FireWire and is for all intents and purposes completely self-contained. It is one of the simplest devices on the market for data protection.
Once the Drobo is connected to your computer it will automatically back up and provide protection for the files on your computer as well as on any other storage device connected to your computer. It contains its own operating system which will recognize any storage device attached to it on the fly. Drobo is easy to use and therefore even the most basic of computer users can use this device to keep their files safe and to preserve the important documents that are increasingly stored in electronic form on their computers.