We've discussed the importance of backing up your computer files, and how Windows Home Server backups can allow for anything from the restoration of a single file all the way to bare-metal recovery of a crashed computer. We've also shown how the folder duplication feature of Windows Home Server shared folders allows you to ensure your shared files can survive even if one of your server's hard drives croaks.
As reliable as using multiple disks can be, however, your server could still be subjected to a catastrophic failure, costing you everything that you've stored on it. Extreme weather conditions such as lightning or hurricanes, fire, or even theft can leave you without any recourse for restoring the files stored on your home server. Replacing the server is easy. Losing years of personal and irreplaceable data can be impossible.
At this point, you may be wondering how you can protect the files on the server itself? In fact, you have several options depending on your budget and your backup and recovery needs. These options range from backing up some or all of your shared folders to backing up your entire Windows Home Server system. To protect against a household catastrophe, you can take your backup media off-site so that it will always be recoverable.
In this chapter, we show you a few of the options that you have for backups along ...