There's No Place Like a Home Server

Automatically back up your family's computers while you sleep and never lose data again.

Wasn't the digital revolution supposed to make life simpler? Then why are the bits and bytes of our lives scattered among a jumble of electronics? Those shots from your Antarctic cruise might be on your desktop -- or your laptop, digital camera, or maybe even that missing memory card. And where are last year's tax return and your complete Tito Puente collection?

What's called for is a home server, a device that regularly collects and stores every file. These squat, rectangular boxes (smaller than typical desktop computers) plug into a router to back up all the computers on your network automatically. At the least, they can save you from searching all over for a single file. At best, you're covered if a hard drive fries. The cost of this peace of mind: $300 to $700.

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