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The year is 1981. People record television shows like Three's Company or Dukes of Hazzard on VHS, having finally tossed away that old BetaMax machine ...

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(NC)-The year is 1981. People record television shows like Three's Company or Dukes of Hazzard on VHS, having finally tossed away that old BetaMax machine. They listen to bands like Wham! on vinyl records or cassette tapes, and store Polaroid photos in albums or shoe boxes.

And also in 1981, Bill Gates was dubiously credited with saying that "640K of memory should be enough for anybody."

Fast forward to the 21st century. People live in an age of super-fast processors and satellites, GPS tracking devices and PVRs. The VHS player is a dinosaur and digital content is king, with people accessing music, games and movies via downloads and sharing photos and video online. As a result, it's now difficult to find a new computer on the market that offers less than a 120GB hard drive - and for many people even that's not enough.

In fact, more Canadians are purchasing additional PCs in order to meet their computing demands. According to Solutions Research Group, 59 per cent of Canadian households have two or more PCs. But with everything from important work data to precious family memories now residing in a digital world, how can people keep their critical files organized? And how do people protect their valuable data from potential crashes, theft or damage?

Servers, powerful storage devices with specialized software, are becoming a popular at-home option for protecting and managing a family's important information and files. Once relegated to businesses, servers such as HP MediaSmart Home Server featuring Microsoft Windows Homer Server software, are finding a place in the home.

These devices can help people manage their ever increasing number of digital files. A recent Microsoft survey revealed that the average house has 1,000 digital documents, 1,300 digital songs and 1,400 digital photos.

Compact in design, a home server acts as a central hub that can store and protect files, regardless of a PC's location, and can easily live in a closet or cupboard. This can help people organize, backup and store all their digital content in one place. And because everything is stored on your server, losing a computer doesn't mean that the information stored on it is gone forever. The whole computer, including files, programs and operating system can be restored to its original working state.

The Microsoft Windows Home Server software provides a familiar folder-based interface. This makes it easy for people to manage their files and take advantage of their server's expandable storage and remote access features which enable them to access their data from anywhere in the world. In this world of constantly evolving technology, it's great to know there is still a safe place to store old episodes of Three's Company.

More information is available online at www.microsoft.com/homeserver.

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