Moving or copying data from one computer to another can be tedious at times, especially if you have to move many gigabytes of data at a time. For such high volumes of data there are few options that you can employ to move the data.
USB flash drives, now that they can hold gigabytes of data, are probably the most popular choice for moving data between computers. DVD discs may be another, but they are used only once, so they are not very efficient.
An external hard drive is a good option, but they are a bit bulky to handle on a regular basis, unless you use the smaller, portable hard drives. For moving data between computers at home, there is another option that has been used more in the business world than at home – a server.
When people think of servers, they think of large, loud boxes with powerful processors, lots of disk space, and loads of memory. People also associate servers with big bucks, as in, they cost a lot. With the increase use of home networks, there are serveral options that you can employ to create a home network server.
Network attached storage (NAS) devices or an unused computer can both be used for storing data in a central location. A NAS device is a few hundred dollars and can be found at any computer store. By simply adding hard drives, you can continually increase the storage capacity of either a NAS device or an old, unused computer.
Once you connect either device to your router, you can then allow all computers on your network access to the device’s hard drives. This makes it very easy to share data between the various networked computers.
While the USB flash drive, an external hard drive, or DVD disc are cheap and easy to use for sharing data, for large amounts of data you may want to look into create a storage server at home.
More information can be found at Technically Easy in the article titled The Storage Server – Not Just For Large Businesses Anymore.