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Connect all PC via LAN for backup purposes

Discussion in 'Networking' started by reeflobang, Apr 15, 2008.

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  1. reeflobang

    reeflobang Thread Starter

    Apr 15, 2008
    Hi all

    Many thanks in anticipation for your contribution. My current set up:

    - 3Com ADSL/Router/Wifi + 3Com 24 Port Switch connect to a 1.5 Mps ADSL line.
    - 10 PCs with half running Windows XP and the other half Vista Basic that are connected by LAN cable to the 3Com Switch.
    - HP AIO Laser Printer networked to support the 10 PCs.

    Is it possible to set up PC Sharing such that I am able to access data (entire HDD ideally) from all the PCs via one of the connected PCs? My main priorities for backup are:

    1. Contact data inside each of the PC's MS Outlook
    2. Email data indside each of the PC's MS Outlook
    3. My Document Folder of each of the PC

    I am thinking if I can access all the above PC / Data via just one PC, I can simply copy and paste the individual PC data onto a USB HDD for safekeeping.

    Is the above possible and how can it be done. Alternative solutions are appreciated as well! Thanks!
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Personally, I'd consider something like a NAS hard disk, the one I really like right now is the D-Link NAS-323. You can install two drives in this in a RAID-1 array to protect against the hardware failure of any one drive. This NAS has really good performance and actually utilizes the gigabit Ethernet (if you have it), far better than most inexpensive NAS boxes. You can size the two disks you put into the enclosure depending on your present and future backup needs.

    You can use an automated backup for the data which will be more reliable and less labor intensive than manually backing up each machine. Personally, for backing up data files, I like Cobian Backup, which is free and offers scheduling and unattended operation. There are MANY other backup solutions as well.
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