The most devastating computer failure for most dental offices would be a hard drive failure of the server. If the hard drive failed or was damaged it is possible to loose data and it could take days to get your computer system running properly again. There are many safeguards designed to prevent this and to help you recover data. However one of the best is to have a mirrored RAID (random array of inexpensive disks) hard drive installed on the server.
A mirrored hard drive automatically copies all data to two hard drives simultaneously. In that way the office has an up to the instant back up copy of everything. In the event of a drive failure it is possible to keep everything running without even a moments confusion. In the past a server drive failure could have resulted in several days of disruption as a new drive was found, installed, formatted, and restored from backup. That is assuming the office had a good back up. All to often back ups aren’t done or they aren’t done properly and data can be lost forever.
Some RAID systems are expensive and require the use of costly SCSI based drives. However it is possible to mirror inexpensive IDE drives using a product called DupliDisk from Arco Computer Products.
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