We all know that we should backup our computers in case of hard drive failure, disaster, trojan virus, or simple wear and tear. Yet, every time I meet customers and I ask them, when was the last time you actually did a backup of every computer in your home protecting your important data, memories and well… life? The answer almost always is: <Insert shoulder shrug here and look of despair> Windows Home Server and its automatic image based backup software technology, gives you peace of mind and the ability to quickly and easily restore your digital life after your system has crumbled and all hope is seemingly lost.
There are plenty of backup software packages out there. The top reviewer sites, CNET reviews , Top Ten reviews and PC Magazine reviews detail the many features and attributes of backup software programs such as Acronis True Image and Genie –Soft. When you compare features side by side, none of them have the same backup capabilities of Windows Home Sever with its consolidated image based backup technology allowing you to quickly restore your entire system including programs, files and settings, usually in less than one hour. I will ask it again, as I often have… How many of you have 4-8 hours to rebuild your computer or hire someone to do it? Most of you probably don’t even have the software from the OEM or cannot remember where it is to do this.
What exactly is image based backup software and why is it better for me? J.D Biersdorfer from the New York Times did a great job of explaining the differences in an article for the Personal Tech column entitled "Backing Up is Not So Hard" .
“In file-based backup, the program saves copies of files and data on the computer to an external hard disk, recordable disc or removable drive after someone tells it what files to backup. Image-based backup software, on the other hand, makes a snapshot or “disk image” of the computer’s entire hard drive and everything on it, including programs, settings and the operating system. An image-based backup can come in handy if, say, the computer’s hard drive completely dies, because the backup can be copied into a new hard drive, fully restoring the contents.”
What really makes Windows Home Server stand out from the pack of other backup software products is all of the other things it does in addition to providing a rock solid backup solution, easy to expand storage, such as file sharing, streaming media and remote access. Windows Home Server OEM partner versions like HP MediaSmart, Acer easyStore, VIA and Shuttle combine the hardware & backup software into a convenient plug & play package providing the easiest way to enable your backup needs.
Choose Windows Home Server because of its image based backup software and restore capabilities or for the file sharing and streaming media connections it creates within your networked home. Either way… won’t you sleep better when you know that your digital life and memories are safe?
Moira & Kevin